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True Biz: A Novel de Sara Novic
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True Biz: A Novel (edició 2022)

de Sara Novic (Autor)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK * A "tender, beautiful and radiantly outraged" (The New York Times Book Review) novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf, from the acclaimed author of Girl at War "For those who loved the Oscar-winning film CODA, a boarding school for deaf students is the setting for a kaleidoscope of experiences."--The Washington Post ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022--Oprah Daily, The Millions, Lit Hub, Publishers Weekly, BookPage True biz (adj./exclamation; American Sign Language): really, seriously, definitely, real-talk True biz? The students at the River Valley School for the Deaf just want to hook up, pass their history finals, and have politicians, doctors, and their parents stop telling them what to do with their bodies. This revelatory novel plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf, where they'll meet Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who's never met another deaf person before; Austin, the school's golden boy, whose world is rocked when his baby sister is born hearing; and February, the hearing headmistress, a CODA (child of deaf adult(s)) who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact, but might not be able to do both. As a series of crises both personal and political threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin, and February find their lives inextricable from one another--and changed forever. This is a story of sign language and lip-reading, disability and civil rights, isolation and injustice, first love and loss, and, above all, great persistence, daring, and joy. Absorbing and assured, idiosyncratic and relatable, this is an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community and a universal celebration of human connection.… (més)
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Títol:True Biz: A Novel
Autors:Sara Novic (Autor)
Informació:Random House (2022), 400 pages
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I highly recommend reading True Biz, the title of which is slang for real talk in American Sign Language. True Biz is about the experiences of people at a school for the deaf from multiple perspectives, including the headmistress and different students. It is also about sign language, cochlear implants, and the history of educating deaf people. True Biz raises important questions about whether being deaf is a disability and if mainstreaming deaf students is actually equitable. Truth - this book is an important book for educators to read. ( )
  SGKowalski | Jul 25, 2022 |
I definitely needed more closure, the last few pages leaves you pretty much entirely at loose ends which made for an unsatisfying finish. I don’t need everything tidily wrapped up with a bow, but to be left really without any inkling of what direction these characters lives were headed in, felt incomplete.

While I could have done without the anarchy facts (I could have done without the anarchist portions of the story, period), for the most part the brief interludes between chapters, the illustrated lessons in sign language, the deaf-related history, etc, offered up a lot of interesting and sometimes horrifying information to think about, and like I said, the interludes are really brief, so it doesn’t feel disruptive.

Since there aren’t a lot of books out there yet with deaf characters, it’s tempting to label this book as important and it is, but important tends to make things sound kind of dry, like it won’t be emotionally engaging and that wasn’t the case here, I was invested in February, Charlie, and Austin, each had compelling challenges they were dealing with and that’s why I wanted more from the ending. I wanted at least some hints as to what came next for these characters but this just gives you nothing, most of the story introduced at the start remains unresolved in the end. ( )
  SJGirl | Jul 25, 2022 |
2022 pandemic read. Good look at deaf culture and history in the US. My family has a form of deafness, and my mother was subjected to a cochlear implant that failed, and went on to live an amazing life. I did not progress to the point of needing one. ( )
  bookczuk | Jul 7, 2022 |
I was instantly enthralled with the characters and learning about deaf culture. Charlie has an implant - it was supposed to "cure" her of her deafness - but she is a teenager and is no better at speaking or hearing then when she was a kid. When her parents divorce she convinces her dad to take ASL classes with her and to enroll her into a deaf school. Trying to communicate shouldn't be so difficult, but the implant just made her life harder. At River Valley School for the Deaf she soon immerses herself in learning ASL and getting to interact with deaf peers - something completely knew to her. At first Charlie is overwhelmed with how fast and well everyone communicates, but she slowly catches up and starts making friends. Told from the perspectives of Charlie, one of her peers and school crushes Austin, and the headmistress who is hearing but fluent in ASL - it is also interspersed with deaf history, ASL signs and so much more. The variety of deafness and family life was really interesting and probably representative of the deaf population in the US. I learned a ton about a language and culture with which I was completely unfamiliar. ( )
  ecataldi | Jun 15, 2022 |
True Biz attempts to bring hearing people into the deaf culture and largely succeeds. As in most cultures, people with hearing disabilities are not all the same, even in their attitudes about deafness. Novic's characters range from those with cochlear implants to those reliant on sign language and she examines how they fit into their families and in the deaf community. The info-dump pages between some chapters add historical detail to the narrative but tend to be overly long for the purpose they serve. The formatting of dialogue and paragraphs is unusual in the print book and the audiobook also uses a strange sound effect when deaf people are communicating, regardless of the method. It's unclear whether the listener is supposed to interpret the sound as what an implanted character hears or what sign language sounds like to hearing people. Also, positioning this book as some sort of suspense thriller with the first chapter is completely unnecessary and ineffective. ( )
  bookappeal | Jun 12, 2022 |
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At the River Valley School for the Deaf, new transfer Charlie struggles to adjust, popular Austin faces the birth of a hearing sister, and the students generally just want parents, doctors, and politicians to stop telling them how to live their lives. Then there's headmistress February, who's worried that both the school and her marriage will get closed down. Novic, author of the Alex Award-winning Girl at War, is herself Deaf and writes frequently on the Deaf community.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK * A "tender, beautiful and radiantly outraged" (The New York Times Book Review) novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf, from the acclaimed author of Girl at War "For those who loved the Oscar-winning film CODA, a boarding school for deaf students is the setting for a kaleidoscope of experiences."--The Washington Post ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022--Oprah Daily, The Millions, Lit Hub, Publishers Weekly, BookPage True biz (adj./exclamation; American Sign Language): really, seriously, definitely, real-talk True biz? The students at the River Valley School for the Deaf just want to hook up, pass their history finals, and have politicians, doctors, and their parents stop telling them what to do with their bodies. This revelatory novel plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf, where they'll meet Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who's never met another deaf person before; Austin, the school's golden boy, whose world is rocked when his baby sister is born hearing; and February, the hearing headmistress, a CODA (child of deaf adult(s)) who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact, but might not be able to do both. As a series of crises both personal and political threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin, and February find their lives inextricable from one another--and changed forever. This is a story of sign language and lip-reading, disability and civil rights, isolation and injustice, first love and loss, and, above all, great persistence, daring, and joy. Absorbing and assured, idiosyncratic and relatable, this is an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community and a universal celebration of human connection.

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