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Nerdette Book Club: ‘The Country of the Blind,’ discussed! The book cover has illustrations of blind folks walking all over it.

Greta Johnsen

Nerdette Book Club: ‘The Country of the Blind,’ discussed! The book cover has illustrations of blind folks walking all over it.

Greta Johnsen

Nerdette Book Club: ‘The Country of the Blind,’ discussed!

Greta Johnsen

   

It is the month of August, and our selection this month is Andrew Leland’s memoir The Country of the Blind. It’s about Andrew’s constantly shifting world as his vision deteriorates, and it explores the mythology that blindness is a binary. It’s also about how seeing-culture perceives blindness, and the history of blindness in the US.

The wide-ranging discussion includes M. Leona Godin, a self-described “blind punk” who wrote the 2021 book There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness, and Chloe Cooper Jones, the author of the memoir Easy Beauty, which came out last year.

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