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But You Look So Normal: Lost and Found in a Hearing World

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  • By Claudia Marseille
  • Narrated by Becky Parker
  • Audiobook • 09 hrs 21 min
  • Nonfiction

By age four, Claudia Marseille had hardly uttered a word. When her parents finally had her hearing tested and learned she had a severe hearing loss, they chose to mainstream her, hoping this would offer her the most “normal” childhood possible. With the help of a primitive hearing aid, Claudia worked hard to learn to hear, lipread, and speak even as she tried to hide her disability in order to fit in. As a result, she was often misunderstood, lonely, and isolated—fitting into neither the hearing world nor the Deaf culture.

This memoir explores Claudia’s relationships with her German refugee parents—a disturbed, psychoanalyst father obsessed over various harebrained projects and moneymaking schemes and a Jewish mother who had survived the Holocaust in Munich—and with her own identity. Claudia shares how she emerged from loneliness and social isolation, explored her Jewish identity, struggled to find a career compatible with hearing loss, and eventually opened herself to a life of creativity and love.

But You Look So Normal is the inspiring story of a life affected but not defined by an invisible disability. It is a journey through family, loss, shame, identity, love, and healing as Claudia finally, joyfully, finds her place in the world.

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Author: Claudia Marseille

Length: 09 hrs 21 min

Release Date: May 14th, 2024

ISBN: 978-1-963598-09-4

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About the Author

Claudia Marseille is the author of “But You Look So Normal: Lost and Found in a Hearing World” a memoir about growing up with a severe-to-profound hearing loss before the availability modern technology and greater social acceptance of disabilities.

“Marseille is a clear, expressive writer…this is an elegantly written memoir that raises awareness and will empower others.” -Kirkus Reviews

“A triumphant, encouraging story for those who have face the challenges of living with a disability and an eye-opening read for those who have not. It is a heart-rending story but also an account of fortitude and success.” -Readers Favorite, 5 star review

“A wonderful, poignant read!” -Gael Hannan, coauthor of ‘Hear & Beyond’

About the Narrator(s)

Becky Parker Geist is the founder and CEO of Pro Audio Voices Inc.

After receiving her M.F.A. in Acting in 1981, Becky began narrating Talking Books for the Blind through the Library of Congress, narrating over 70 titles in two years. She quickly became one of their most popular narrators.

As a professional stage actress, Becky brings her broad range of theatre skills – acting, directing, producing, marketing – to bear in all her production work.

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By age four, Claudia Marseille had hardly uttered a word. When her parents finally had her hearing tested and learned she had a severe hearing loss, they chose to mainstream her, hoping this would offer her the most “normal” childhood possible. With the help of a primitive hearing aid, Claudia worked hard to learn to hear, lipread, and speak even as she tried to hide her disability in order to fit in. As a result, she was often misunderstood, lonely, and isolated—fitting into neither the hearing world nor the Deaf culture.

This memoir explores Claudia’s relationships with her German refugee parents—a disturbed, psychoanalyst father obsessed over various harebrained projects and moneymaking schemes and a Jewish mother who had survived the Holocaust in Munich—and with her own identity. Claudia shares how she emerged from loneliness and social isolation, explored her Jewish identity, struggled to find a career compatible with hearing loss, and eventually opened herself to a life of creativity and love.

But You Look So Normal is the inspiring story of a life affected but not defined by an invisible disability. It is a journey through family, loss, shame, identity, love, and healing as Claudia finally, joyfully, finds her place in the world.

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