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Mean Little Deaf Queer #2020

Mean Little Deaf Queer In the year Terry Galloway turned nine the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal ner

  • Title: Mean Little Deaf Queer
  • Author: Terry Galloway
  • ISBN: 9780807072905
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mean Little Deaf Queer By Terry Galloway, In 1959, the year Terry Galloway turned nine, the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system, eventually causing her to go deaf As a self proclaimed child freak, she acted out her fury with her boxy hearing aids and Coke bottle glasses by faking her owIn 1959, the year Terry Galloway turned nine, the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system, eventually causing her to go deaf As a self proclaimed child freak, she acted out her fury with her boxy hearing aids and Coke bottle glasses by faking her own drowning at a camp for crippled children Ever since that first real life performance, Galloway has used theater, whether onstage or off, to defy and transcend her reality With disarming candor, she writes about her mental breakdowns, her queer identity, and living in a silent, quirky world populated by unforgettable characters What could have been a bitter litany of complaint is instead an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting take on life.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. there are a handful things that stand out for me in this memoir in stories a few are on the surface, one is below the on the surface things are terry galloway s crazy smarts, crazy wit, and plain old craziness she is fearless, original, creative, irreverent, and entirely fabulous interestingly, this story looks as if it was written by a 30 year old at most, even though i d have to put TG in her mid fifties i m just as good at counting as she is so i may be off, but i don t think by much it is re [...]

    2. This was an interesting read for me, partly because I have a very limited understanding of the experiences of little d deaf individuals especially as they differ from those who identify as big D Deaf.Having spent years in college learning the basics of American Sign Language and immersing myself in the Deaf community as any good student of language does , I fell in love with Deaf culture Those who were born deaf and whose sole language has been ASL, along with children hearing or deaf born and r [...]

    3. I ll be honest, I didn t finish this one I read to the halfway point and gave up The author has all the ingredients for a fascinating memoir, but something in the presentation was offputting I can t put my finger on it I wanted to know about growing up with the crumbling of your hearing, about the issues of being outside of both the hearing AND the deaf world I guess I wanted of the emotion of being her and less of the mechanics The facts have some interest, but most of them are so remote fro [...]

    4. Unlike most tradition memoirs I ve read, MLDQ avoids strict narrative in favor of a series of performances pieces not unusual given Galloway s skills , each detailing specific events while carrying the theme of self discovery Galloway s life long struggle with deafness, sexuality preference, a morbid curiosity of the morbid and ongoing battles with paranoia and bulimia forces the reader to examine their own feelings and beliefs about each of these Galloway strikes an even balance detailing her i [...]

    5. i don t know what to say about this book i saw it on the new shelf at the library was intrigued, but passed it over the first time i went back to the library again a few days later picked it up then i let it sit on my shelf for a couple of weeks before i finally read it it is described as a memoir of a woman growing up queer in texas in the 60s, who slowly loses her hearing throughout childhood due to neurological damage caused by a drug her mother was given during her pregnancy, in west germany [...]

    6. Over the past decade I ve read numerous memoirs by writers from the LGBT community, most notably by Dan Savage, Alison Bechdel and Augusten Burroughs Obviously, some are successful then others communicating their life s trials and tribulations Terry Galloway s Mean Little Deaf Queer is successful for a myriad of reasons, the most pronounced being her ferocious wit and an ability to write well, as well as engagingly As a founder and most visible cast member of Mickee Faust Club, a local theatric [...]

    7. In 2009 the Memoir, Mean Little Deaf Queer was by Terry Galloway and published by Beacon Press In this book Terry makes a lot of connections with her childhood and her adult life In one of the scenes she tells us about one of her games called Scare she used to play as a kid Terry and her sister would go and hide and her father would try to find them It became a little serious the they played this game Terry s father was a spy when they lived in Berlin Her father was able to find them by using h [...]

    8. If I had to choose only one genre of book to read for the rest of my life, I would choose memoirs When I think of the books that have most changed my outlook on life and expanded my understandings of the world, I would think of classic and contemporary works like Black Boy by Richard Wright, Living My Life by Emma Goldman, and Naked by David Sedaris Terry Galloway s Mean Little Deaf Queer was such an enjoyable and enlightening read I found difficult to put down.Galloway reflects on her life and [...]

    9. This book is just really nicely written, it s really enjoyable to read and it s really honest feeling even though parts of it were obvs really absurd and a little bit exaggerated, it felt like the essence was true and that the emotion and experience being shared was honest I don t usually get into memoirs but this was, I dunno Absurdly on topic for lots of things I ve been thinking about recently Queer, d Deaf, Disability, Bodies, Theatre, Gender, Butchness, Spies, Family histories lots of other [...]

    10. I received this book as a first read I am no expert on memoirs, deafness, or the gay lesbian community, but this book was an extremely introspective look into one fascinating woman s life Ms Galloway has authored an intriguing recollection of her childhood through her adult years that frequently left me giggling to myself Though, at certain times, she also made my heart break.Ms Galloway s honest retelling of her life story paired with her talent for prose made this a truly enjoyable read I was [...]

    11. Before I opened this book, I was intrigued by the title, Mean Little deaf Queer While I didn t know what to expect, I hoped that it would be as fascinating as the title promised it to be Instead I felt as if I drudged through the pages It was as if the author attempted to shock me at every turn, to the point where I actually wondered if she was overdoing it She professed a love for theatre, and immediately a thought popped up in my head A drama queen who needs the curtain drawn halfway through h [...]

    12. she has an interesting story but i couldn t really get into the writing i can t quite figure out why i didn t like it that much i felt like with all of her challenges of growing up queer and deaf i would have liked her to get into things a little she covered the deaf part pretty well and I came out of the book having a better understanding of the many aspects of life for a deaf person that i d never thought of before, and that many of the innovations that make it easier for deaf people to funct [...]

    13. Terry Galloway is not one to shrink from her own personal shortcomings, physical or otherwise She s likely to throw them right in your face until you squirm or laugh or cry In this memoir she is unflinching in her account of growing up deaf and queer in a conservative and pre ADA era She felt betrayed by her body and outcast in a world that didn t know quite what to do with her So she raged and performed on stage and found her way through creating art This is an alternately inspiring, gritty an [...]

    14. I didn t love this one at first, and had a hard time getting into it, but have a true respect for the author for being able to write this, and for remembering the past with such detail It was a well written book by someone you do gain a respect for as the story progresses.

    15. Reminded me of a little Patti Smith, a little Ivan Coyote, but with a sardonic edge A sweeping energetic read that I found myself quite caught up in, despite not knowing anything about Terry Galloway before this book The shape of the story felt a little scattered after the initial set up of losing her hearing at age 9, and there were so many passing references to so many people she knew that it got a little hard to keep track I m a real sucker for any book that evokes the gutter stars vibe of yo [...]

    16. Started out a little slow and a little weird, but it was interesting Just realized the family makeup was similar to that of the one from The Glass Castle, but the parents were much better parents, and so the kids had much better lives

    17. Closer to 3.75 the description of her breakdown has a few odd discrepancies in terms of the dates but it reminds me a lot of my own mental health struggles, as does experiences as a queer person with disabilities.

    18. This book was nothing like I expected However, I really enjoyed it It was a quick read, and Galloway knows how to write an entertaining story I liked that it felt a little bit like reading a hero s journey I also liked that the book focused most specifically on her deafness.

    19. 3.5 starsGreat title Seriously Drew me in.This author s got two effective selling points for this book the title and the fact that we don t see many stories out there on deaf queers I mean, I can t think of a single queer woman in the popular media with hearing loss outside of watching the agenda obsessed geniuses from the L Word shove Marlee Matlin s queer character down our throats and into a no chemistry relationship with Bette CHECK Disability Agenda done, folks.And when you delve deeper int [...]

    20. As and memoirs are published, it becomes harder to find a unique hook Terry Galloway is both deaf and a lesbian, so it was intriguing to pick up this memoir if just to find out how those two characteristics influenced her life It seems that being deaf was the salient point of the memoir and her queerness was of a secondary tale, but that doesn t take away from the narrative at all.The book is very loosely chronological in fact, most of the chapters are like essays on a theme, skipping forwa [...]

    21. I really enjoyed reading Terry Galloway s memoir about becoming deaf at a young age, being queer, and being becoming a performer Terry s thoughts and memories touch on identity, disability, privilege, and technology She talks about the unique experience of becoming deaf while very young, and so being little d deaf, but from early in life She addresses disability privilege and divisions, her experiences passing as hearing and having to come out as deaf, and the influence that those things had on [...]

    22. I had no idea who Galloway was when I picked up this book I wanted to read it because the title covered my identity quite well apart from the mean Someone else who was a little deaf queer Heck yes I ll read it, I ll read all of those memoirs There were some parts of Galloway s book that made me cry because they resonated so well for me others made me cringe a bit there were bits where Galloway was nearly audist in her attitude towards herself and other deaf and disabled people I m not going to j [...]

    23. This was fantastic Galloway has a real talent for storytelling and the narrator of the audio version is pretty good Anecdotal but also presenting a clear wider picture of a life just one with disability, the author doesn t shy away from her own weaknesses and embarrassing incidents Her bravery to be human in a narrative she controls and which she could shape to improve her image even if only by dropping minor incidents is almost as inspiring as her stories about the fates of the disabled are hea [...]

    24. While not an easy book to read, this is owed not to the writing it was incredibly well written and layered , but to the harsh and outsider treatment that Terry Galloway is chronicling from her life Experiencing the recognition of both her growing deafness from an experimental drug that her mother was given while prgenant and her burgeoning queerness around the same time, her life changed dramatically around age 10 Her website says the rest better than I possibly could But those unwelcome changes [...]

    25. Maybe I would have liked this if I had not read the reviews, or if my expectations weren t so high The writing style was a little difficult for me to enjoy The worst part of this was the way the author wrote, a story within a story within a story It also seemed to jumped around a lot, from her childhood to her birth to college days to present day then back to childhood I am happy that there s at least one memoir about LBGT life in a Deaf world although she considers herself little d deaf I hope [...]

    26. The title of this book is actually wrong on And, I expect, many other places as well I didn t catch on at first, because the title on the book cover is in an odd font and the first word is all caps If there s a significance to that, I don t know it But it should definitely be deaf, not Deaf.This is the memoir of an actor and comedian whose view of her self shifted overnight when she was given thick glasses and a bulky, obvious hearing aid She grew up in the 50 s and 60 s.And I almost don t want [...]

    27. I received this from a giveaway for review.It waswell there are great memoirs like Angela s Ashes, good memoirs like Look Me In The Eye, fact suspicious memoirs like A Million Little Pieces and then this Overall, I m not really sure what to think Terry Galloway is an interesting person and when she writes talks about her life the stories are poignant and interesting However, it feels like the book, or most of it, isn t spent talking about those things but talking about her failing self esteem in [...]

    28. I received this book from First Reads contest a couple of years ago This isn t a book that I would normally pick up to read, but it was free, so maybe that s why I put my name in the slot and the title though rude, was definately different I can t say that I was overaly impressed with Terry Galloway s memoir, but this could also be that I was thinking the whole time reading about her life that I wouldn t particularly like her to be a friend of mine, so maybe that s what got in the way of liking [...]

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