"Cockeyed: A Memoir" by Ryan Knighton

  • July 23, 2008 · 6:45 PM
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About the book:

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Knighton, who teaches at Capilano College in Vancouver, started going blind in his teens, and in this hilarious and unsentimental yet moving memoir, he tells what it was like to lose his eyesight. He was born in the early 1970s, grew up in British Columbia and by 1987 was showing signs of poor vision. He began losing his sight early enough that the time frames of his coming-of-age and his coming-of-blindness overlap. Milestones such as his first driving experiences and his first relationships with girls, which would have been ordinary for other teenagers, were anything but for him. As he moved into adulthood, he also moved further into sightlessness, yet he turns the story into something so bracing that it reads like a travelogue - you can't wait to know where he's going next, whether it's to attend college in Vancouver, teach English in South Korea or get married. Wit can be a weapon, but can also be a kind of walking stick; being so gifted clearly guided Knighton long before anything began to happen to his eyes. Luckily for his readers, he was also gifted with a different kind of care and clear-sightedness, never stumbling into the maudlin. His book is an invitation to take a journey that no reader should refuse, to see life through another lens.

About RSVPs and fees:

For this meeting we will be trying out Amazon Payments through Meetup. You are required to pay the fee ($2) to RSVP. Refunds will be granted if you cancel with two weeks notice (enough time for the person taking your spot to read the book) or if the meeting is cancelled. Let's see how it works.

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  • Raghu Oddiraju

    It is a good book and gives a whole new perspective about blind people.

    July 24, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed this book, and have become interested in other things the author has done or is doing as well.

    July 23, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting book. Different than what I'm used to reading and definitely makes the reader aware of how challenging life can be for someone with a disability. It certainly made me grateful!

    July 23, 2008

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