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Cockeyed: A Memoir

Knighton, Ryan

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ISBN 10: 1586483293 / ISBN 13: 9781586483296
Published by PublicAffairs, New York, 2006
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2006,2006 As New Book, Fine unclipped jacket($23.95), Stated First Edition, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 263 clean tight unmarked pages, book has white speckled boards with black spine, silver foil stamped lettering on the spine, jacket is white with black lettering, an illustration of a man standing with a walking stick without a head but has sun glasses on. Bookseller Inventory # 003076

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Title: Cockeyed: A Memoir

Publisher: PublicAffairs, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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On his 18th birthday, Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a congenital, progressive disease marked by night-blindness, tunnel vision and, eventually, total blindness. In this penetrating, nervy memoir, which ricochets between meditation and black comedy, Knighton tells the story of his fifteen-year descent into blindness while incidentally revealing the world of the sighted in all its phenomenal peculiarity. Knighton learns to drive while unseeing; has his first significant relationship—with a deaf woman; navigates the punk rock scene and men's washrooms; learns to use a cane; and tries to pass for seeing while teaching English to children in Korea. Stumbling literally and emotionally into darkness, into love, into couch-shopping at Ikea, into adulthood, and into truce if not acceptance of his identity as a blind man, his writerly self uses his disability to provide a window onto the human condition. His experience of blindness offers unexpected insights into sight and the other senses, culture, identity, language, our fears and fantasies. Cockeyed is not a conventional confessional. Knighton is powerful and irreverent in words and thought and impatient with the preciousness we've come to expect from books on disability. Readers will find it hard to put down this wild ride around their everyday world with a wicked, smart, blind guide at the wheel.

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Ryan Knighton teaches contemporary literature and creative writing at Capilano College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and served for two years as editor of the literary magazine The Capilano Review. The author of a book of poetry and co-author of a collection of short fiction, Knighton has also published widely as a journalist and essayist. He has also produced, written and performed radio monologues and documentaries about blindness for the CBC.

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