Now I See You {Book Review and #Giveaway}

by Jennifer Donovan

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People usually write memoirs for one of a couple of reasons — they are famous or they have a story to tell about some sort of obstacle overcome. In Now I See You Nicole Kear writes about her descent into blindness after being diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at 19 years of age. She was given about 10 years, during which time her vision would gradually worsen.

This is her story of fighting to keep her identity and quality of life, as well as her life as a first generation daughter of immigrants, a New Yorker, and (Small Spoiler) yes – a new mother.

It’s pretty funny at times, and honest (even if most of her honesty is centered around the perfectly natural attitude of avoidance and denial). Like many memoirs, there are also times in which she gave TMI for my comfort, and also used stronger language than I prefer. This trailer gives an idea of the tone of the book:

When I was a young teen, I read all the books on teens going blind and dealing with other tragedies such as eating disorders. I think it was an extension of my Helen Keller phase that started in elementary school. So what initially drew me to this book, and what I liked best, was experiencing that process with her of going blind, and then learning to live with blindness. Of particular interest was her learning to be a mother without her sight. In one way it makes sense, because all of us feel like we are in the dark that first time around, and we like to share experiences, but of course her particular circumstances created more challenges.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Deedee June 23, 2014 at 2:46 pm

I would love to read this!


2 anne June 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

A book which I would appreciate and enjoy greatly. thanks.


3 Amy Myers June 24, 2014 at 4:01 am

I just can’t get enough of memoirs like this one. Thanks for the chance!


4 Anita Yancey June 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm

It sounds like a sad but interesting story. I would love the chance to read it.


5 Kristen June 26, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I love reading all kinds of memoirs.


6 heather June 26, 2014 at 7:49 pm

This sounds like one that I would enjoy and not get bored with.


7 Angela Saver June 27, 2014 at 1:38 am

This sounds like a book I would really enjoy!


8 Hailey L. June 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Wow! What an amazing story! I love memoirs and would love to add this one to my collection!


9 Misha Estrada June 27, 2014 at 10:23 pm

This sounds like an interesting story.


10 Valerie June 28, 2014 at 2:06 am

I’m glad I found this website. This looks like a good book recommendation. I’m an avid reader, a book club organizer and I’m already looking forward to reading this book even if I have to get it from the library.


11 Donna Marie June 28, 2014 at 6:13 pm

this sounds like a great read


12 Beth C June 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I would really enjoy reading this. Thanks for the chance!


13 Kiley P. July 2, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I love a good book, thanks for the giveaway.


14 Liz July 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm

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15 domain October 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Inspiring quest there. What occurred after?
Good luck!


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