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Subject: Re: [Iabs-talk] [Journalists] [Ncme-mentoring] Fwd: Dr. BolotinBook-recommended reading
From: "Cooke, AnneMarie"
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2007 13:50:48 -0500
You can order this fabulous book from RFB&D:

Annemarie Cooke 

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Subject: Re: [Journalists] [Ncme-mentoring] Fwd: Dr.
BolotinBook-recommended reading

Carrie is so right.  I have written a review of this wonderul book which
will appear in the January Braille Monitor.  Mentees and their parents
should read this book.

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Subject: [Ncme-mentoring] Fwd: Dr. Bolotin Book-recommended reading

>From:  Carrie Gilmer

>Subject:  Great Book-Definition of Determination
>Hello All,
>Imagine you are the proud new parent of a beautiful baby boy. Soon you 
>discover he is blind. You already have a blind son and a blind 
>daughter. It is 1888.
>You have no education, neither does your husband. You are a simple 
>couple and very poor. Your third blind child is a precocious toddler, 
>and shows brilliance even at age 4. Jobs available for the blind? you 
>have seen the blind, they are selling pencils in a tin cup on the 
>corner wearing a sign saying they are blind. You determine that will
not be your blind children.
>It is 1888. The Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story is the true story

>of Dr. Jacob Bolotin a renowned heart and lung specialist in the city 
>of Chicago in the early 1900's. It is the story of how he made it 
>happen when everything and nearly everyone in the world were against 
>him. It is an awesome can't put it down read.
>You will find the actions of his parents in 1888--with no NFB--and no 
>evidence before them that blind people could do things except that in 
>their own children. You will find the attitude of the schools...well 
>let's just say that in 1888 the attitudes displayed were NFB beliefs in

>many ways...the education of many of our children nearly 120 years 
>later (!) has made shocking regressions in fundamental ways.
>You won't be able to put this book down, I guarantee it. Jacob Bolotin 
>displayed more perseverance, determination, sanity in the face of 
>insanity, dignity in the face of humiliation, kindness to those who 
>rebuffed him...it is hard to think this man was human as you read and 
>see his courage. But he was human, you do see that, and he worked 
>himself to death in the end it seems at an extraordinarily young age. 
>He is the definition of "don't give up". The writings describing of 
>discrimination against him and the misconceptions he faced will educate

>even the most thick minded reader--have anybody in your family who 
>doubts the future for your blind child or who still thinks deep inside 
>that real success requires fully functioning eyeballs--give them this
book for Christmas!
>You will be shocked to see this man lived at the same time as Helen 
>Keller the world knows her but does not know Jacob Bolotin 
>...interesting question why. Why was it easier for the world to recieve

>amazing Helen Keller but not amazing Dr. Bolotin?
>This book is all about family too--it is a wonderful story of family 
>love and belief.
>I don't want to ruin any more of it for you...proceeds from the sale 
>will go to an award this summer for the first time at NFB National 
>convention to a blind person or organiztion that has made a significant

>impact within the blind community.
>You can get the book at www.bluepointbooks.com or call 1-800-858-1058, 
>I believe it is also on bookshare.org. The book is rich with historical

>events he lived and worked through too--like the great Spanish flu 
>epidemic and the race riots in Chicago in the early 1920! We were 
>giving them away at convention! If I had realized I would have bought 
>another suitcase! We have given the book to nearly twenty people--NO 
>ONE has been able to put it down! My son was really inspired!
>You may be able to buy them from the Independence Market now at 
>www.nfb.org--but I had trouble finding it on the website, you can call,

>Get your copy today!!!!!!!!
>Carrie Gilmer, President
>Minnesota Parents of Blind Children

David Andrews and white cane Harry.

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