Haben by Haben Girma audiobook

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

By Haben Girma
Read by Haben Girma

Twelve, 12/Twelve, Hachette Book Group 9781538728727

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549181719

  • ISBN: 9781549181696

  • ISBN: 9781549155352

Runtime: 7.51 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

An O Magazine Pick of Books to Read Right Now

A New York Times Book Review Pick of New & Noteworthy Books

A Women's National Book Association Pick of Best Group Reads

A BookPage Top Pick for August in Memoirs

This is the incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.

Haben grew up spending summers with her family in the enchanting Eritrean city of Asmara. There, she discovered courage as she faced off against a bull she couldn’t see, and found in herself an abiding strength as she absorbed her parents’ harrowing experiences during Eritrea’s thirty-year war with Ethiopia. Their refugee story inspired her to embark on a quest for knowledge, traveling the world in search of the secret to belonging. She explored numerous fascinating places, including Mali, where she helped build a school under the scorching Saharan sun. Her many adventures over the years range from the hair-raising to the hilarious.

Haben defines disability as an opportunity for innovation. She learned nonvisual techniques for everything from dancing salsa to handling an electric saw. She developed a text-to-braille communication system that created an exciting new way to connect with people. Haben pioneered her way through obstacles, graduated from Harvard Law School, and now uses her talents to advocate for people with disabilities.

Haben takes listeners through a thrilling game of blind hide-and-seek in Louisiana, a treacherous climb up an iceberg in Alaska, and a magical moment with President Obama at the White House. Warm, funny, thoughtful, and uplifting, this captivating memoir is a testament to one woman’s determination to find the keys to connection.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This autobiography by a millennial Helen Keller teems with grace and grit.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Girma…captures defining moments in her life in a series of lyrical cameos. She writes with remarkable assurance and yet with a lightness of touch when tackling difficult issues. A profoundly important memoir.” The Times (London)
“Gently powerful…This really is just the beginning of what is likely to be a long and fascinating story.” Forbes
“Riveting…[an] often hilarious and utterly inspiring memoir.” BookPage (starred review)
“Girma shares a collection of vignettes illustrating the defining points in her life. She peppers her writing with a witty sense of humor and showcases her strength in facing obstacles…An absolute must-read.” Library Journal (starred review)
With wit and passion, Haben, a disability rights lawyer, public speaker, and the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law, takes readers through her often unaccommodating world...This is a heartwarming memoir of a woman who champions access and dignity for all. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Warmhearted and optimistic, [Haben] celebrates personal courage and triumph as well as the unlimited potential of those whose real disability is living in a society that too often does not make accommodations for their physical impairments.” Kirkus Reviews
“Her memoir is a soul-inspiring gift.” Jewell Parker Rhodes, award–winning author of Ninth Ward
Reading Haben's story moved me in a way I didn't think was possible. She's a gifted writer, and her story will teach you about strength, perseverance, and determination. This is a strong reminder to embrace the unknown, to stand up for yourself, and to never give up. Mashal Waqar, co-founder and COO, The Tempest

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Author

Author Bio: Haben Girma

Author Bio: Haben Girma

Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award and a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, and she has also been honored by President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her work has been featured in the Financial Times, BBC, Washington Post, NPR, and more.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.51
Audience: Adult
Language: English