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Things No Longer There
A Memoir of Losing Sight and Finding Vision
Susan Krieger

Terrace Books

A testament to the power of memory and vision

Things No Longer There is a lovingly crafted collection of personal stories about the author's struggle toward enlightenment while losing her eyesight. It is also, more broadly, about invisible landscapes-places of the heart that linger long after they have disappeared from the world outside. In these ten brief tales and one novella-length intimate drama, Susan Krieger takes us on a series of adventures in vision, a journey both inward and to various parts of the country. We travel with her as she goes birdwatching before sunrise in the New Mexico desert, learns to walk with a white cane, revisits an old love, returns to a summer camp of her youth, and reflects on the nature of blindness and sight.

Krieger's touching memoir explores the ways that outer landscapes may change and sight may be lost, but inner visions persist, giving meaning, jarring the senses with a very different picture than what appears before the eyes. This book will reward both the general reader and those interested in disability studies, feminist ethnography, and lesbian studies.

"Susan Krieger's book illustrates in a personal, reflective, and emotional way how the gradual erosion of interpersonal relationships and familiar environmentsrequires great effort to maintain a sense of inner reality and balance. This book is beautifully written, with vivid, compelling images that stayed with me."—Esther Rothblum, University of Vermont\

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This is a photo of the author, Susan Krieger. She is wearing a blue, aqua and purple pattern sweater over a green shirt. On the leafy background behind her, two red flowers can be seen. She is wearing aqua earrings.Susan Krieger, a sociologist and writer, teaches in the Program in Feminist Studies at Stanford University. Her previous books include The Family Silver: Essays on Relationships among Women; Social Science and the Self: Personal Essays on an Art Form; and The Mirror Dance: Identity in a Women's Community.

Listen to an interview with the author on Tech Nation radio.

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cover shows a photo of the sunrise, with birds flying in front of a brightening sky, behind this photo is a larger version of the sunrise photo, not as brightly colored, but  still a sunrise with birds flying.

May 2005
LC: 2004024546 HQ
248 pp.   6 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-20864-6
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