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Firsts: Review

Firsts: Coming of Age Stories From People With Disabilities
Firsts: Coming of Age Stories From People With Disabilities

The following review appeared on Amazon on January 24 2019.

Read the review on the website here.

Opens Your Eyes to Enter Different Worlds

‘A true labor of love, this new book is eye-opening, inspiring and, at times, heart-wrenching. It focuses on very personal “coming out” stories that change the authors’ lives and give us, as readers, a glimpse into entirely different worlds. The end result from reading about these life-altering incidents – such as a 2011 attack on Belo Miguel Cipriani, a gay man who was left blind as a result – is a deeper understanding and empathy for the human condition and how these brave protagonists deal with their intense transformations. As my father used to say, these types of experiences “will build character” and toughen you up because “life is not fair.” Another story in the collection, by David-Elijah Nahmod, an excellent and prolific writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, titled “Star Words” covers the PTSD he suffered as a result of being committed to a psych ward in a New York hospital on the advice of a Jewish rabbi when his family was concerned about his “hyperactivity,” a code word for his blossoming queerness — and the many years of trying to “de-program” him from being his true gay self. Not all the stories are focused on LGBTQ+ stories, but they are all excellent coming of age narratives that pull at your heart strings and wake up your inner compassion for the struggles we all go through as we grow up and take it one day at a time. Once you are done reading this finely written collection, if you’re like me, you’ll feel a newfound appreciation and determination to live your own life to the fullest, even if the odds are stacked against you as these brave souls do despite their disabilities.’

Chris K