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by Belo Cipriani

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One of the first sounds I learned to detect and fully understand was the song of a screaming ambulance. As a little boy, I would run toward the window every time that scary noise appeared in my simple world. I would glance back at my mom, my hand flat on the glass, and eagerly await a response. Mom would sadly answer, “Someone’s hurt; we should close our eyes and pray for them.” As I got older, I realized these massive sound waves didn’t just alert one of another’s injury, but, in many cases, they shouted that death was nearby and lingering. As I journeyed through different parts of the world, I was quite intrigued to notice that despite the language spoken, that high-pitched tune had the same meaning in every quaint small town and every grand metropolis.

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“Belo Cipriani’s account of profound loss is both riveting and suspenseful, as we traverse with him into a new world.”

—Amy Tan, author of The Kitchen God’s Wife and The Joy Luck Club

Blind: A Memoir is a stunning read told in an unsentimental, self-deprecating voice that will change the way you see blind people — will change the way you see yourself.”

—Arthur Wooten, author of Birthday Pie: A Novel

“Blind: A Memoir makes an important contribution to queer and disability studies as well as being a rewarding experience for the general reader.”

—Susan Krieger, professor, Stanford University, author of Traveling Blind

“Blind: A Memoir is a gripping story, beautifully told, about one man’s bout with unimaginable adversity and his inspirational ascent from the depths.”

—Jane Ganahl, author of Naked on the Page

“With humor and passion, Belo journeys from darkness to light.”

—Jacqueline Berger, author of The Gift That Arrives Broken

“In this intriguing biographical account, we learn along with Belo Cipriani that there’s a lot more to life than meets the eye – much in the same way that Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince has taught generations that, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

-Maria Leticia Gomez, News Anchor, Univision