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Out of Control (Duncan Mclain Mystery #6)

by Baynard Kendrick

Blind or not, Captain Duncan Maclain saw through Marcia Filmore almost from the start. She was young, beautiful, and deadly--a criminal psychopath who would stop at nothing to protect her rich marriage. And so, when blackmailer Walter Crane turned up dead, it was only natural that Maclain should start feeling his way through the dark and devious maze that led to Marcia. But that lethal lady intended to protect herself--even if she had to kill again . . . and again . . . and again...

My Eyes Have A Cold Nose

by Hector Chevigny

The author says that when he became blind, he thought it would be a great nuissance, and indeed it was. He maintains that the greatest problem for blind people is society's fixed notions that blind people are utterly helpless and utterly tragic, and he describes how he and other blind people have dealt with this problem. One of the key parts of his rehabilitation was his training at The Seeing Eye. This book is old, but still relevant in many ways.

The Snake Pit

by Mary Jane Ward

Based on the author's experiences as a psychiatric patient in the early 1940's, this novel tells the story of Virginia Cunningham as she wends her way through the frightening and mystifying world of a hospital called Juniper Hill. Her memory clouded by a series of electroshock treatments, Virginia struggles to make sense out of her situation, though the senseless rules and the perplexing behavior of the staff and patients around her are all the more unfathomable as her mind begins to clear. The Snake Pit is the basis for a classic movie of the late 1940's. The book and film helped to bring mental illness out of the closet. Apart from its social significance this is a compelling novel, told with wonderful ironic humor.

The Blind Preschool Child

by Berthold Lowenfeld

This book is a collection of papers presented at the National Conference On The Blind Preschool Child on March 13-15, 1947.

Make Mine Maclain

by Baynard Kendrick

What do a dog whistle that doesn't sound, a knife wielding killer at the opera and a poisoner and gun-attacking murder have in common? Captain Duncan Maclain, the blind detective must get to the bottom of these three exciting mysteries. In the Silent Whistle, he must discover who killed the young movie manager and where the money has gone. In the Melody in Death, who is killing with a knife the people at the Opera, and in the Murderer Who Wanted More, who is killing off people in the family and why is Bonnie the next target?

Pat: The Story of a Seeing Eye Dog

by S. P. Meek

When Jimmy is attacked by a Japanese soldier in the Pacific during World War II, his devoted signal dog Pat, dies defending him. After Jimmy returns to the states, totally blind, he falls into despair until his fiancé encourages him to apply for a guide dog. Jimmy goes to The Seeing Eye and trains with Pat, a beautiful German Shepherd. Life goes on for the two until one night, when Pat helps save the day during a horrible hurricane. Themes about losing vision, dealing with overprotective family members, and the freedom you can receive by working with a guide dog are all interwoven into the plot.

Vicki A Guide Dog

by Margaret S. Johnson Helen Lossing Johnson

Raised on a military base in England, Vickie a beautiful fawn and black boxer has the life of a dog. But when her master doesn't come home from the Pacific, she is sent to the U.S. to be trained as a show dog. After winning several ribbons, she is sent to become a circus dog. But none of these jobs truly fit her personality. Then one day she is picked and trained to be a guide dog and she finds her true calling.

The Child Who Never Grew: A Memoir

by Pearl S. Buck

<P>Pearl S. Buck's groundbreaking memoir, hailed by James Michener as "spiritually moving," about raising a child with a rare developmental disorder The Child Who Never Grew is Buck's candid memoir of her relationship with her oldest daughter, who was born with a rare type of mental retardation. <P>A forerunner of its kind, the memoir was published in 1950 and helped demolish the cruel taboos surrounding learning disabilities. Buck describes life with her daughter, Carol, whose special needs led Buck to send her to one of the best schools for disabled children in the United States--which she paid for in part by writing The Good Earth, her multimillion-selling classic novel. <P>Brave and touching, The Child Who Never Grew is a heartrending memoir of parenting. As Buck writes, "I learned respect and reverence for every human mind. It was my child who taught me to understand so clearly that all people are equal in their humanity and that all have the same human rights." <P> This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author's estate.

The Blind in School and Society: A Psychological Study

by Thomas D. Cutsforth

The purpose of this book is to help acquaint the seeing with the blind and the blind with themselves.

Dark Sunshine

by Dorothy Lyons

Two years before, horse-loving Blythe Hyland would have been thrilled with the news that the family was moving back to an Arizona ranch, but now--what difference did it make to her? What could a thin, listless girl, crippled by polio, do on a ranch? Then the haunting vision of Blind Man's Pocket, a deep spring-fed valley tucked away in a range of mountains, tempted her to try riding a horse again. And when she had conquered her initial panic, Blythe felt that it might be hers once more. It was in Blind Man's Pocket Blythe found Dark Sunshine, a magnificent wild mare that had been trapped by a landslide. From the moment she learned it was possible to rescue the buckskin, Blythe determined that, crutches or no, she would train and ride her. It was slow, often painful work for the crippled girl, but when an endurance ride offered Blythe her only chance to win athletic honors toward a scholarship, both horse and rider were ready for the grueling test. Dorothy Lyons' earlier books have established her as a favorite writer of horse stories for older girls. In this moving story of a girl whose courage overcame the handicap of a useless leg, she has created an inspiring book that young readers will remember.

First Lady Of The Lighthouse

by Winifred Holt Mather

A biography of Winifred Holt Mather

Karen

by Marie Killilea

As told by her mother, the inspirational story of Karen, who--despite a handicap--learns to talk, to walk, to read, to write. Winner of the Golden Book Award and two Christopher Awards. THERE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT MY CHILD... I knew it from the moment she was born... A minute morsel, she weighed under two pounds, and measured nine inches from the tip of her tiny head to her infinitesimal toes.... I lay back still, bathed in happiness. It was like a brittle shell, this happiness, and I felt that motion or sound might shatter it.... I could still feel the surge of unbelievable wonder and joy evoked by the baby's lusty yell. "What do you think of our child? Is she as pretty as Marie? Did you count her fingers and toes?"... He sat down at the foot of the bed and I waited for him to express his delight. "You must realize"--John spoke gently-- "she's not out of the woods yet." A gust of cold air entered my sun-drenched room and I shivered.... The sequel is available in this library.

Karen: A True Story Told by Her Mother

by Marie Killilea

Winner of the Christopher Award: This bestseller tells the inspirational true story of a girl with cerebral palsy and the mother who wouldn't give up on her. In 1940, when Karen Killilea was born three months premature and developed cerebral palsy, doctors encouraged her parents to put her in an institution and forget about her. At the time, her condition was considered untreatable, and institutionalization was the only recourse. But in a revolutionary act of faith and love, the Killileas never gave up hope that Karen could lead a successful life. Written by Karen's mother, Marie, this memoir is a profound and heartwarming personal account of a young mother's efforts to refute the medical establishment's dispiriting advice, and her daughter's extraordinary triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds. Marie's activism spread awareness of the mistreatment of disabled people in America and led to the formation of multiple foundations, including United Cerebral Palsy. A larger-than-life story, Karen tells of a family's courage, patience, and struggle in the face of extreme difficulty. The New York Times wrote, "You'll want to read it most for Karen's own words: 'I can walk, I can talk. I can read. I can write. I can do anything.'"

Keep Your Head Up, Mr. Putnam

by Peter Putnam

This story, told from Mr. Pudnam himself, tells of the early years of the Seeing eye and how he trained with his first guide dog. Blinded in a gun accident before his eighteenth birthday, this story is of Pudnam grew to accept his blindness, and go and train with his first dog.

Angel Unaware

by Dale Evans Rogers

Robin Rogers tells the story of her two years on earth, and how she helped her parents, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Rogers, toward a firm faith.

The Face of the Deep

by Jacob Twersky

Though it was published in 1953, this book is grimly relevant today. The author, who was blind himself, writes about blindness from the inside. The theme of the novel is prejudice with all its overwhelming repercussions. Twersky's blind characters all suffer its devastating effects, and it shapes every aspect of their lives. The self-hatred spawned by this prejudice spurs them to deny and denigrate one another. This is not a pretty story, though it has soaring moments, and some of the characters manage to rise above their circumstances with integrity and compassion intact.

The Story of Esther Costello

by Nicholas Monsarrat

Esther Costello, born on a peasant farm in Ireland, became a deaf-blind-mute after an explosion. She was discovered and saved from her predicament by Mrs. Bannister, a wealthy American. Mrs. Bannister rescued her, and brought her to Boston shortly after the 2nd World War. Mrs. Bannister taught Esther how to communicate by writing letters in her palm. Esther became an overnight success in America and around the world. Then in walks Mr. Bannister, the separated husband, but interested in how Esther can be used as a money-making machine. What happens to Esther and the Bannisters?

Blind Allies (Duncan Maclain Mystery #8)

by Baynard Kendrick

A gloomy New York mansion... a safe with a braille combination... an oil tycoon with a family sharper than a serpent’s tooth... these ingredients contribute to one of the most baffling cases of Duncan Maclain's career. The minute the man stepped into Captain Maclain's penthouse office, the blind Captain sensed he was a phony. His highly trained senses of touch, of smell, of hearing, told him that. To satisfy his own awakened curiosity, Maclain agreed to the man’s preposterous suggestion, and from then on things happened fast. This time Maclain is more dependent on Dreist , his deadly police dog, than Schnucke, his gentle Seeing-Eye companion.

Blindness

by Henry Green

Blinded in an accident on his way home from boarding school, John Haye must reevaluate his life and the possibilities for his future. His stepmother--worried that, blind and dependent, he'll spend his life with her--wants to marry him off to anyone who will take him, provided she's of the "right" social class. Contrary to her hopes, John falls in love with the daughter of the town drunk (who is also the town parson). She whisks John off to London, where in this strange city he is confined to a room above a major thoroughfare while she gets on with her life. Blindness was first published when Henry Green was an undergraduate at Oxford. Highly praised as a master of high-modernism, Green went on to write eight other novels, including Concluding and Doting.

The Opening Doors: My Child's First Eight Years Without Sight

by Lois T. Henderson

In the early 1950's, the author couldn't find books about blind children, so she wrote about her own son. Through a mother's eyes, we follow the growth of this new family as they learn, along with Davey, how to function in the sighted world.

Only Bread, Only Light

by Stephen Kuusisto

With this, his first collection of poetry, Stephen Kuusisto (author of the memoir Planet of the Blind) explores blindness and curiosity, loneliness and the found instruments of continuation. Exploiting the seeming contradiction of poetry's reliance upon visual imagery with Kuusisto's own sightlessness, these poems cultivate a world of listening: to the natural world, to the voices of family and strangers, to music and the words of great writers and thinkers.Kuusisto has written elsewhere, "I see like a person who looks through a kaleidoscope; my impressions of the world at once beautiful and largely useless." So it is no surprise that in his poems mortal vision is uncertain, supported only by the ardor of imagination and the grace of lyric surprise. Sensually rich and detailed, Kuusisto's poems are humorous, complex, and intellectually engaged. This collection reveals a major new poetic talent."Only Bread, Only Light"At times the blind see light,And that moment is the Sistine ceiling,Grace among buildings--no one asksFor it, no one asks.After all, this is solitude,Daylight's finger,Blake's angelParting willow leaves.I should know better.Get with the businessOf walking the lovely, satisfied,Indifferent weather--Bread bakingOn Arthur AvenueThis first warm day of June.I stand on the cornerFor priceless seconds.Now everything to me falls shadowStephen Kuusisto's 1998 memoir Planet of the Blind received tremendous international attention, including appearances on Oprah, Dateline, and Talk of the Nation. The New York Times named it a "Notable Book of the Year" and praised it as "a book that makes the reader understand the terrifying experience of blindness, a book that stands on its own as the lyrical memoir of a poet." A spokesperson for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Kuusisto teaches at Ohio State University.

Stranger on the Bay

by Adrien Stoutenburg

Don and ned are spending the summer trying to get Frosty a retired german Shepherd guide dog over his fear of fire. At the same time, a young and very quiet boy appears on the Bay claiming to be Grandpa Dan's long lost Grandsoon. But not all is what it seems. Who is living in the abadoned shack on the other side of the bay? Who is Mr. Blackwell, and why does Don get a bad feeling off of him. Is three something going on that they boys and even grandpa Dan don't realize. Good story, about guide dogs, but not about training of them. Good classic, but can be appreciated now as well.

Out Of My Darkness

by William Sheppard Fritz Blocki

An autobiography of William Sheppard

First Lady of the Seeing Eye

by Morris Frank Blake Clark

This story written by Morris Frank tells of how he trained in Switzerland with Buddy, the first Seeing Eye dog in America. Also tells of the very early history of The Seeing Eye in Morristown N.J. "Here are adventures that encompass thirty years and countless of miles: the fight to have dog guides admitted to restaurants and hotels, trains and planes; lectures and demonstrations all over the country; meetings with millionaires and Presidents--and with mountaineers and truckdrivers; and the humor and pathos of day-to-day events. The story begins on page 11. Un-numbered pages of photos, described and with captions, are between pages 64 and 65.

Follow My Leader

by James B. Garfield

After Jimmy is blinded in an accident, he is given a guide dog to train.

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