by Carol Padden
This book argues that Deaf people (capitalized in the original to show a community rather than to describe a condition) need to have and create their own culture; no argument here. To illustrate their point, the authors show examples of Deaf folktales, shared Deaf experience in school and in hearing society, and so on. I especially enjoyed the part about translating "Jabberwocky" into ASL.
One new thing I learned was that Deaf people do not live in total silence. Sound, though not in the way hearing people use it with specific meaning, plays a large part in their lives. The stories of Deaf kids roaring through the halls, banging walls and windows just to get a feel for sound and to use it in their games, brought out this point well. This book was a good basic introduction on Deaf culture in America (although my girlfriend had told me a lot of the most basic stuff already, it was still quite interesting).