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[Following is a volunteer review of “I Know My Way Memoir” by Theresa Marafito with Linda Odubayo Thompson.]

4 out of 4 Stars
By gracamac

I Know My Way is Theresa Marafito’s memoir. It begins with her as a child, she is partially sighted and her parents are holding out hope that she is only two operations away from gaining full sight. What happens instead is that she undergoes more than ten procedures and the specialist tells her parents that she will not be making a recovery; she will eventually lose all her sight.

This book is written in the first person, reading it feels like talking to a long lost friend. The narrative moves at a steady pace and the language used is simple and clear. There are no flashback moments. This is an account of Theresa’s life from her childhood to her senior years written chronologically. Theresa is blessed with a loving family. She grew up in the Bronx, but she never felt poor. What her friends and family lacked monetarily they more than made up for in love and kindness. This is an uplifting tale that sees Theresa make important strides in life. Family is very important to Theresa and she gets to raise one herself.

Theresa’s story is a departure from the usual narrative of a visually impaired person who grows up to be world famous playing the piano for large audiences at Carnegie hall. It’s a common misconception that all visually impaired persons have an ear for music. While that might be the case for some, it would be unfair to limit their choices with our expectations. Theresa was not good at piano, but she led an exemplary life, one that I found worth emulating.

This book will appeal to people who love autobiographies and biographies. It is inspiring and entertaining at the same time. Theresa also incorporates some humor in her story. I recommend this book to anyone in need of some inspiration and anyone who would like to learn more about the visually impaired. One lesson that will stick with me is that visually impaired persons do know their way; they don’t have to let loss of sight alter the course of their lives. They too can lead fulfilling lives and make positive contributions to their communities. That was certainly the case with Theresa.

I rate this book 4 out of 4stars. The story within is uplifting and inspiring. Every detail of Theresa’s life inspired me. I am glad I came across this book because it changed my perspective about visual impairment.

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I Know My Way Memoir:Always Remember to Color the Sky Blue

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