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October 7, 2014

FINDING ZOE by Brandi Rarus and Gail Harris

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Finding Zoe:

A Deaf Woman's Story


Identity, Love and Adoption


Brandi Rarus and Gail Harris

Foreword by Academy-Award Winner Marlee Matlin


Brandi Rarus will be touring October 6 – 17 with her biography/autobiography/personal memoir, Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman’s Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption!

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Launch date: Oct. 7th, 2014


In Finding Zoe, Brandi Rarus shares the story of her very personal path of self-discovery and the struggle of being caught between two worlds---the hearing and the deaf.  We travel with her through her mainstreamed younger years and later on to college at The National Technical Institute for the Deaf where she embraces Deaf culture and realizes that being Deaf is not a handicap, but a passport to a whole new and exciting world.

Brandi brings us behind the scenes as she takes on the world advocating for her Deaf Community as Miss Deaf America; meeting and falling in love with Tim, a Gallaudet University student leader who later helped write the landmark Americans with Disability Act on Capitol Hill. The two married and had three hearing boys—the first non-deaf children born in Tim’s family in 125 years, but with all their blessings something was still missing.
With a powerful foreword provided by Marlee Matlin, an Academy Award-winning actress and member of the National Association of the Deaf, Finding Zoe is an inspiring recollection of how two individuals who, already bonded by their diversity, come together as an unbreakable mother-daughter pair to navigate a silent world and shed light the adoption/foster care system.

Brandi RarusDeaf 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.
Her latest book is the biography/autobiography/personal memoir, Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman’s Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption.

I know there have been many times that I have felt all alone in this world. I wanted a place to belong, to go with my dreams and how wanted things to be.  Sometimes there are those who have these dreams but have limitations whether they be physical or mental.  Even though a person is challenged, that doesn't mean they don't have dreams like everyone else.
Our lady of the book is  is deaf.  She struggled and she rose above those struggles.  She was even Miss Deaf America.
Brandi Rarus, could hear when she was born but at the age of six became deaf.  She had a journey to go through which would bring her to a level of acceptance of who she was.
 Brandi had never dreamed of having a wedding but she did have a dream of having a daughter, instead gives birth to three boys who could hear.  Is this a bless in disguise?
There are so many parts to this book, an unintended pregnancy, adoption and being a good parent.  We are constantly faced with making the right choices.  The book is about making right choices out of extremely hard situations.
the story is about the different ways love is foreseen, how placing blame goes no where and how something that appears awful up close is ever so lovely from a distance.  It's about finding your way and fulfilling your dreams.
The author wrote a beautiful book. She shows the reader that you don't have to be able to hear in order to have a wonderful life that is fulfilled with love.
It's not only about doing what is right for your children, but also for yourself.  If you are not whole, you can't lead your children down the path where they will be whole.
The author tells how love can overcome most obstacles in your life and what is meant to be will be.. Ms, Rarus shows  teen pregnancy, adoption and the sacrifices parents sometimes have to make to do what is best for their child.
This book is a good book for those interested in adoption, those who have an unintended pregnancy and are looking for options, parents, teenagers and anyone with children in their lives.  It is a heart touching story that everyone should read.
FINDING ZOE  is being launched on the 25th anniversary of the historic event of the famous Gallaudet Uprising of 1988 in deaf history.

This is a book that should be on every one's reading shelf.  Every teacher and librarian should add it to their shelves, also.

Ms. Rarus and Ms. Harris, you both have done a wonderful job.



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