At nineteen years old, Nicole C. Kear's biggest concern is choosing a major - until she walks into a doctor's office in midtown Manhattan and gets a life-changing diagnosis. She is going blind, courtesy of an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, and has only a decade or so before lights-out.
Instead of making preparations as the doctor suggests, Kear decides to carpe diem and make the most of the vision she has left. She joins a circus school, tears through boyfriends, travels the world, and through all these high jinks, she keeps her vision loss a secret.
When Kear becomes a mother, just a few years shy of her vision's expiration date, she amends her carpe diem strategy, giving up recklessness in order to relish every moment with her kids. Her secret, though, is harder to surrender - and as her vision deteriorates, harder to keep hidden. As her world grows blurred, one thing becomes clear: No matter how hard she fights, she won't win the battle against blindness. But if she comes clean with her secret, and comes to terms with the loss, she can still win her happy ending.
Told with humor and irreverence, Now I See You is an uplifting story about refusing to cower at life's curveballs, about the power of love to triumph over fear. But at its core, it's a story about acceptance: Facing the truths that just won't go away and facing yourself, broken parts and all.
©2014 Nicole C. Kear (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Admittedly this book holds personal interest as I'm also an RP sufferer but Ms. Kear's narrative had me transfixed.here is one person who totally gets me as she so vividly described all that I went through, it's uncanny. Ms. Kear's narration was spot-on and her rendition of her grandmother's voice had me in stitches.
"I was drawn to it..."
I was drawn to this book since my vision has always been a challenge and because my eye doctor recommended it. I kept expecting more, and it never seemed to get to it. This was her memoirs though and her life is continuing from this book so there is more to her story, just not there yet. The only negative that prevents me from truly recommending this book to anyone is the constant vulgarity. I just about stopped listening several times due to the language, but kept hoping there was a good ending to the story in regards to her vision. Nothing in this book to keep reading for, for me.
I appreciated how open and honest the author was about her life; however, I didn't like all the swearing because it seemed unnecessary.
It was an interesting memoir.
I think people can understand the author better when they narrate their own work.
"Wonderfully funny and insightful"
Hilarious, poignant, moving
Ryan Knighton's "Cockeyed." Both have denied, then been forced to embrace, their visual impairment with humour. While both had preconceived ideas about what blind people could do, both have lived productive lives.
Her acting talents are on full display here. She should definitely consider another career as a narrator!
The epilogue, when Nicole was enjoying alone time with Lucia, her youngest baby. It shows that you do not need vision to have quality time with children.
I loved this book. All paths to blindness have different routes, but at their core, we all have had to face anger, denial, frustration. While Nicole's denial was frustrating to behold, and the book was definitely irreverent, it seems that she is finding ways to acknowledge - yet not be consumed by - her blindness.
"Such a surprise find -- great summer read!"
Maybe not better, but every bit as good. I thought the narrator did a fantastic job.
So many things! The author took a serious topic and educated me without ever making it feel like a lecture -- in fact, much of the book was very funny! She is so down-to-earth. After several of her stories (especially the parenting ones) I found myself thinking, "That would sooo happen to me."
I didn't have a favorite scene, but I loved the overall tone of the book. Her parenting stories were my favorites. I also really loved her dedication to (and enthusiasm for) the research her specialist was doing....sometimes we forget what an important role that plays in our healthcare advances.
Never judge a book by its cover. :) I almost didn't start this one because I thought it might be too serious a book for a summer vacation. I was so wrong. I just loved it!
"Great Performance/Disappointing Story"
I think Nicole could definitely assume a career as a narrator.
Nicole certainly brought her acting ability to bear when reading this book. She is terrific, especially when assuming the voice of her Italian grandmother and mother.
If this book were a movie a lot of changes would have to be made because there isn't a strong enough character arc. I was hoping the book would take me on a journey from sight to blindness, and it didn't really do that.
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