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Finding Zoe
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Deaf since age six after contracting spinal meningitis, Brandi Rarus could speak and read lips, but felt caught between the deaf and hearing world--fitting into neither. When she realized you don't need to hear to live a fulfilled life, she became empowered and was chosen as Miss Deaf America. From signing the National Anthem at a Chicago Cubs game to speaking at corporate conferences, Brandi traveled the country speaking out for deaf children and building awareness of what it means to be Deaf. She married Tim Rarus, an advocate for Deaf people whose work inspired the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. Together, they have paved the way to bring new technologies that promote equal access in communication. Brandi and Tim live in Austin, Texas, with their four children: three hearing boys and the youngest, Zoe, a Deaf girl they adopted. Today, Brandi and her family are tirelessly dedicated to ensuring all children find their rightful place in our world. Award-winning writer and teacher of the intuitive process, Gail Harris has experienced the joy of adopting a child. She brings her knowledge of the adoption process and in-vitro fertilization to this book, along with her ability to articulate from a hearing person's perspective what is fascinating about the Deaf experience. In the four years that it took to write Finding Zoe, Gail conducted more than 75 interviews to uncover. Gail is the author of Your Heart Knows the Answer and a featured blogger on several popular parenting blogs. She lives with her husband and son in Framingham, MA.

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"Finding Zoe is a heartwarming story about identity, self-acceptance, and love ... Attending RIT/NTID after growing up as Brandi and I did, in hearing families and mainstream schools, is truly life-altering. Brandi beautifully captures the joy of finally fitting in, feeling at home and finding yourself." --Dr. Gerard J. Buckley, President of National Technical Institute for the Deaf "The journey in Finding Zoe is captivating and inspirational, and above all, a story about doing what is right for our children, as well as ourselves, no matter how difficult...and then seeing all of the pieces fall miraculously into place. Finding Zoe is a joy to watch unfold." --Jill Smokler, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy and Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies) "A must-read for any adoptive parent, or anyone considering adoption. Brandi Rarus's story of Finding Zoe is an amazing reminder that the power of love overcomes life's most challenging obstacles and nothing can stand in the way of what's meant to be." --Mary Donahue, Senior Vice President of Non-Fiction at Lifetime Television Network and adoptive parent "Just as my character on Switched at Birth has helped to expose the Deaf community for what it really is to our mainstream TV audience, so too does Finding Zoe break down the barriers between the hearing and Deaf communities by showing Deaf Culture in ways never seen before ... Bravo to Finding Zoe." --Sean Berdy, actor on the ABC TV hit series Switched at Birth and Peabody Award Recipient "Finding Zoe shines an unbiased light on teen pregnancy, adoption, and the sacrifice parents make to find the best home for their children. A must-read for teenagers and their parents, or for anyone else who may be contemplating their choices for an unintended pregnancy." --Jan and Bob Charnecki, founders of Options Pregnancy Center "A work of both heart and mind, driven by the authors' passions to describe our rich history as deaf people, that paved the way for deaf children like Zoe...a book that both deaf and hearing people have longed for." --Greg Hlibok, student leader of the Deaf President Now protest at Gallaudet University "This isn't just a book for people interested in adoption; it's an inspiring story that will touch the heart of anyone with a connection to children and families--which is to say, almost everyone." --Adam Pertman, Executive Director of Donaldson Adoption Institute and author of Adoption Nation "This really hits home... The story of a deaf baby who finds her way to a deaf family...and embraces her culture and language. A great introduction to the Deaf community." --Chris Wagner, President of National Association of the Deaf

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