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These are some great books that have deaf characters or are about Deaf culture, American Sign Language (ASL) or deaf identity.

These books are helpful in better understanding deaf culture, ways of life, challenges, struggles, triumphs… and some historical perspectives.

El Deafo
$7.69

Graphic novel of a young deaf girl. Won a million awards (and deserved to!). Beloved by both adults and kids.

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02/24/2024 02:41 pm GMT
True Biz: A Novel
$28.00 $15.30

"True biz", deaf slang for "for real?" or "seriously?!" - a story that is winning a lot of love out there.


It's about deaf culture, learning ASL, CI within a fictional deaf school.

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02/24/2024 03:25 pm GMT
Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir
$17.99

Badass little person, queer & deaf. Exactly the kind of story you want: powerful and funny.

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02/24/2024 02:47 pm GMT
Seeing Voices: A Journey Into the World of the Deaf

Kind of dated in some respects, but an overall solid book on Deafness and Deaf culture by a hearing neurologist. It's a good starting point if you are new to Deaf culture or if you have a child who is Deaf and want to learn more about Deaf culture, history and so forth.

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Deaf Utopia: A Memoir - and a Love Letter to a Way of Life
$19.94 $17.45

Deaf icon Nyle DiMarco writes his first memoir, and in it, a testimony to Deaf culture and way of life.

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02/24/2024 03:02 pm GMT
Deaf Empowerment: Emergence, Struggle, and Rhetoric
$49.95

This is BOOK, if you know what I mean! Leaning on the academic, this book is a guide through social change and deaf culture and language.

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02/24/2024 02:55 pm GMT
If You Could Hear What I See
$7.60

I read this book something like 20 years ago and felt a deep kinship with the author, simply on the basis of connecting with her stories about being deaf. There is a lot of relatable stuff in here, and she's funny.

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02/24/2024 03:06 pm GMT
Five Flavors of Dumb
$8.99

Stellar Young Adult book about a deaf girl who ends up managing a band.

Rock on!

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02/24/2024 03:10 pm GMT
Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman’s Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption
$22.95 $16.99

Two stories, woven into one, of adoption, love and ultimately, of acceptance.

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02/24/2024 03:16 pm GMT
Signs of Attraction
$6.99

A rare book indeed, a hard of hearing and deaf love story!

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02/24/2024 03:21 pm GMT
The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa
$22.99 $12.84

A deaf peace corps volunteer shares his experiences navigating Africa!

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02/24/2024 03:30 pm GMT

Authenticity is Growing…

As you can see from the list above, there are a growing number of books featuring deaf characters that provide an authentic portrayal of deaf culture and experiences. These books can be used to educate non-deaf readers about deafness and help to create awareness of deaf issues. They often offer examples of deaf people overcoming challenges, or show how deafness can be embraced as a part of everyday life. By reading these books, readers gain a deeper understanding of deafness and become more aware of the struggles that deaf people face in society. These stories are not only meaningful for deaf people, but can also help to create a more inclusive and accepting society for everyone.

In addition to providing education about deafness, these books help to normalize deaf characters in the media. This is important because it helps to break down stereotypes and misconceptions that are still common in society. Books featuring deaf characters provide readers with an opportunity to explore deaf identity in a safe space. By reading these books, readers gain insight into deaf culture and develop greater empathy towards deaf people, ultimately creating a more open-minded society.

Books featuring deaf characters are valuable tools that can be used to educate hearing readers about deafness and foster an understanding of deaf experiences. This can better help hearing parents of deaf children, or hearing families of us deaf. It also radically helps us deaf ourselves.

Stories with Deaf Characters, or Memoirs of Deaf Experiences

The thing is, too often those of us who are deaf born to hearing families don’t see ourselves reflected through deaf characters in books, and we don’t see our own stories in the memoirs we read. Stories and memoirs with deaf characters shift that for us, help us feel less alone, less isolated. They help us connect with feelings of belonging, community. They inspire us, in the best sense of the word.

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