Book Reviews

Welcome to the Book Reviews Page at Deaf Culture Online. This is where you'll find honest (to a fault) feedback and comments about several deaf-related books. Occasionally, we'll throw in a book that's not deaf-related at all -- if there's something that's so awesome we can't resist letting you know about it, we will.

Each book reviewed on this site has to pass a rigorous test before it can be listed. Namely, it has to be read from cover to cover without putting us to sleep. If we've read it, we'll review it. And from there, we'll tell you what we really thought about it.

As much as we'd like to read everything from A to Z on Deaf culture and numerous other topics, it's not possible for us to cover each and every book. But the books that are reviewed here must have done something really special to catch our attention. It is our pleasure to bring them to yours.

Best regards,

Mark Drolsbaugh

NOTE: Bear with us as we are making renovations to this page so that you may be able to access the books we recommend in a faster, more efficient manner. Updates and new book reviews coming soon!

Featured Book

Tarnished Halos and Crooked Fences: A Journey into the World of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

By Dennis Jones Jr

It is with great pleasure I'm able to announce that an exciting new book is now on the market: Dennis Jones Jr.'s fascinating Tarnished Halos and Crooked Fences: A Journey into the World of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This is a very unique book. I don't think you'll find a story like this anywhere.

We're all familiar with the "deaf guy in search of identity" theme. But have you ever heard of a deaf guy who searched for his identity -- and didn't find it -- in a seminary?

Oh, it gets even better. He leaves the seminary and immediately transfers to Gallaudet University, where he... doesn't find his identity. At least not in the beginning.

I've always said that it's a common misconception that deaf or hard of hearing people who grew up in the hearing world can easily find their identity in the deaf world. Quite the contrary, there's an adjustment period. Culture shock, even.

(If these words sound familiar, please forgive me. I'm plagiarizing myself. Yes, I had the honor of writing the foreword for this wonderful book.)

Anyway, Dennis' compelling story does have a happy ending. He perseveres. He finds that yes, you can find yourself and your place in the deaf world if you...

Waitaminute. I'm not giving away the story. All I'm going to say is that this is one of the best deaf and hard of hearing related books I've ever read.

Dennis pulls no punches -- he says a lot of things that aren't easy to say, but need to be said nonetheless. The punches are absorbed easily, though, thanks to his zany sense of humor.

This is a powerful read, highly recommended.

Recommended Books

Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood by Paddy Ladd

Winning Sounds Like This: A Season With the Women's Basketball Team at Gallaudet, The World's Only University for the Deaf by Wayne Coffey