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Now I See You: A Memoir | [Nicole C. Kear]

Now I See You: A Memoir

At nineteen years old, Nicole C. Kear's biggest concern is choosing a major - until she walks into a doctor's office in midtown Manhattan and gets a life-changing diagnosis. She is going blind, courtesy of an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, and has only a decade or so before lights-out. Instead of making preparations as the doctor suggests, Kear decides to carpe diem and make the most of the vision she has left. She joins a circus school, tears through boyfriends, travels the world, and through all these high jinks, she keeps her vision loss a secret.
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Publisher's Summary

At nineteen years old, Nicole C. Kear's biggest concern is choosing a major - until she walks into a doctor's office in midtown Manhattan and gets a life-changing diagnosis. She is going blind, courtesy of an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, and has only a decade or so before lights-out.

Instead of making preparations as the doctor suggests, Kear decides to carpe diem and make the most of the vision she has left. She joins a circus school, tears through boyfriends, travels the world, and through all these high jinks, she keeps her vision loss a secret.

When Kear becomes a mother, just a few years shy of her vision's expiration date, she amends her carpe diem strategy, giving up recklessness in order to relish every moment with her kids. Her secret, though, is harder to surrender - and as her vision deteriorates, harder to keep hidden. As her world grows blurred, one thing becomes clear: No matter how hard she fights, she won't win the battle against blindness. But if she comes clean with her secret, and comes to terms with the loss, she can still win her happy ending.

Told with humor and irreverence, Now I See You is an uplifting story about refusing to cower at life's curveballs, about the power of love to triumph over fear. But at its core, it's a story about acceptance: Facing the truths that just won't go away and facing yourself, broken parts and all.

©2014 Nicole C. Kear (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Ria Brand 12-12-14
    Ria Brand 12-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you like best about Now I See You? What did you like least?

    I appreciated how open and honest the author was about her life; however, I didn't like all the swearing because it seemed unnecessary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was an interesting memoir.


    What does Nicole C. Kear bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think people can understand the author better when they narrate their own work.


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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 11-20-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 11-20-14
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    "Wonderfully funny and insightful"
    If you could sum up Now I See You in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, poignant, moving


    What other book might you compare Now I See You to and why?

    Ryan Knighton's "Cockeyed." Both have denied, then been forced to embrace, their visual impairment with humour. While both had preconceived ideas about what blind people could do, both have lived productive lives.


    What does Nicole C. Kear bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her acting talents are on full display here. She should definitely consider another career as a narrator!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The epilogue, when Nicole was enjoying alone time with Lucia, her youngest baby. It shows that you do not need vision to have quality time with children.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. All paths to blindness have different routes, but at their core, we all have had to face anger, denial, frustration. While Nicole's denial was frustrating to behold, and the book was definitely irreverent, it seems that she is finding ways to acknowledge - yet not be consumed by - her blindness.

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    Java junkie Iowa, US 07-31-14
    Java junkie Iowa, US 07-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Such a surprise find -- great summer read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Now I See You to be better than the print version?

    Maybe not better, but every bit as good. I thought the narrator did a fantastic job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So many things! The author took a serious topic and educated me without ever making it feel like a lecture -- in fact, much of the book was very funny! She is so down-to-earth. After several of her stories (especially the parenting ones) I found myself thinking, "That would sooo happen to me."


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite scene, but I loved the overall tone of the book. Her parenting stories were my favorites. I also really loved her dedication to (and enthusiasm for) the research her specialist was doing....sometimes we forget what an important role that plays in our healthcare advances.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Never judge a book by its cover. :) I almost didn't start this one because I thought it might be too serious a book for a summer vacation. I was so wrong. I just loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    Nicely done.

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    colprubin Tel Aviv, Israel 07-16-14
    colprubin Tel Aviv, Israel 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Performance/Disappointing Story"
    Would you try another book from Nicole C. Kear and/or Nicole C. Kear?

    I think Nicole could definitely assume a career as a narrator.


    What does Nicole C. Kear bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nicole certainly brought her acting ability to bear when reading this book. She is terrific, especially when assuming the voice of her Italian grandmother and mother.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If this book were a movie a lot of changes would have to be made because there isn't a strong enough character arc. I was hoping the book would take me on a journey from sight to blindness, and it didn't really do that.


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