The award-winning author of Dad, Jackie, and Me,
Myron Uhlberg has penned a poignant, riveting memoir
about growing up as the hearing son of two deaf parents.
Hands of My Father
A Hea ring Boy, His Dea f Pa ren ts,
a nd the L a nguage of Lov e
L O U I S A N D S A R A H U H L B E R G H A D T H E I R F I R S T C H I L D, M Y R O N,
at the absolute bottom of the Great Depression—an expression of extraordinary
optimism, and typical of the joy and resilience of these two inspiring individuals
Their son’s first language was American Sign Language, the first sign he learned:
“I love you.” But his second language was spoken English, and at a very young
age he was called upon to act as interpreter in the stores and streets beyond their
Brooklyn apartment. This meant not only straddling the worlds of the hearing and
the deaf, but reversing the roles of parent and child—and then having to flip back
again to being his father’s little boy.
Listening to the radio, he signed for his father every blow in the historic Joe Louis-
Max Schmeling boxing match, and he learned about the war through his father’s
signed translations of the newspaper. From the beaches of Coney Island to the
Dodgers’ Ebbets Field, this is a memoir about growing up not just as the hearing
son of two deaf people but as a book-loving, mischief-making, tree-climbing kid
in Brooklyn during the period that spanned the Depression, World War II
and the early 50s.
M Y R O N U H L B E R G is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of a A Bantam Hardcover
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