Book: Country of the Blind
Author: Andrew Leland
This is my 94th read for the year
This non-fiction book is based on the author's experience going blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa. As he deals with his continuing deminishing vision, he talks about how it is for him, and his family. As he weaves his personal story throughout the book he interviews others who are blind due to various reasons - some from birth, and some from childhood or adulthood. Through these encounters he discovers different views of blindness and how blind people view their own worlds and how others view them.
This was a pretty good book. It gets into the weeds a bit and a bit more dry than I was hoping for, but overall a good read. He does a good job seeking out different people who are vision impaired and recounting their stories and how they view their worlds and their blindness. He meets many very successful blind people but also touches on how many blind people still struggle with support and employment.
With my own daughter having basically a childhood version of Retinitis Pigmentosa (she has Lebers Congenital Amaurosis) and we watch her vision deminish, these books always hit home for me. I was glad to see so many happy, successful, fullfilled people who are blind.