Hands of My Father

Hardcover $24.00

Bantam | Feb 03, 2009 | 256 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | ISBN 9780553806885

  • Hardcover$24.00

    Bantam | Feb 03, 2009 | 256 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | ISBN 9780553806885

  • Ebook$12.99

    Bantam | Feb 03, 2009 | 256 Pages | ISBN 9780553906271

Praise

"In his moving memoir, Hands of my Father, Myron Uhlberg captures the essence of one exceptional family’s life in Brooklyn in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Uhlberg is a compassionate writer of truths. His book is full of surprises, written with a generous, loving spirit. In vivid scenes–sometimes wrenching, sometimes mischievous and sometimes hilarious–he takes us inside the singular world of his childhood. And there the reader discovers the profound, everyday courage exemplified by each member of the Uhlberg family."—Lou Ann Walker, author of A Loss for Words

“In telling the story of his very unique childhood, Myron Uhlberg has created a book that is universal.  His feelings of love and responsibility, of shame and enormous pride, can teach us all something about being a member of a family.  I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love this book.”–Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and Run

“Fascinating…. [Uhlberg’s] circumstance made his childhood exceptional and well worth recalling, which he does in an unpretentious but vividly evocative style.”—Wall Street Journal

“A well-crafted, heartwarming tale of family love and understanding…. [Uhlberg] effortlessly weaves his way through a childhood of trying to interpret the speaking world for his parents while trying to learn the lessons of life from the richly executed “Technicolor language” of his father’s hands”—Publishers Weekly

“Heartfelt…[Uhlberg] describes significant episodes of his early life with artful economy and sincere emotion.” —Booklist, starred review

Fresh and engaging…. In Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love, Myron Uhlberg … documents a family life severed from the mainstream.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A fascinating look at an uncommon childhood.”—OK! magazine

"A warm family chronicle as instructive as it is inspiring … opens a window into a world of isolation and “eternal silence” unimaginable to most people."—Christian Science Monitor

Author Q&A

Author Q&A for Hands of My Father by Myron Uhlberg


Describe yourself in ten words or less.

•Living in two worlds: what was, and what might be.
•Deeply interested in how other people have lived their lives.
•As endlessly fascinated at the breadth, and limits, of language.

You are having a drink with one of your favorite authors. Who is it, and what would you ask that author if you only got to ask him one question?


While drinking anisette with Ernest Hemingway: “Papa, why did you do it?”

Which came first: the idea for the book, the title, or a passage from the book?

The idea of writing a book that would be both a biography of my two deaf parents, and a memoir, was my first inspiration, but until I thought of the title, Hands of My Father, I didn’t know how to begin.

Many writing experts advise, “write what you know.” Do you agree with this? And what practical advice would you give an aspiring author?

Writing what you know is good advice, but you also must understand what you know in order to write well. As for advice: write as you would speak, freely, then revise, as you would want to be read, closely.


From the Hardcover edition.

 

Author Q&A for Hands of My Father by Myron Uhlberg


Describe yourself in ten words or less.

•Living in two worlds: what was, and what might be.
•Deeply interested in how other people have lived their lives.
•As endlessly fascinated at the breadth, and limits, of language.

You are having a drink with one of your favorite authors. Who is it, and what would you ask that author if you only got to ask him one question?


While drinking anisette with Ernest Hemingway: “Papa, why did you do it?”

Which came first: the idea for the book, the title, or a passage from the book?

The idea of writing a book that would be both a biography of my two deaf parents, and a memoir, was my first inspiration, but until I thought of the title, Hands of My Father, I didn’t know how to begin.

Many writing experts advise, “write what you know.” Do you agree with this? And what practical advice would you give an aspiring author?

Writing what you know is good advice, but you also must understand what you know in order to write well. As for advice: write as you would speak, freely, then revise, as you would want to be read, closely.

Video & Media

Myron Uhlberg – Excerpt Reading/Sign Language Interpretation

Myron Uhlberg – Excerpt Reading/Sign Language Interpretation

Interview with the author

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