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Now I See You: A Memoir [Format Kindle]

Nicole C. Kear
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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 circus school, tears through boyfriends, travels the world, and through all these hi-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.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 756 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 288 pages
  • Editeur : St. Martin's Press; Édition : Reprint (24 juin 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00HBQJ9KS
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un plaisir ! 24 juin 2014
Par STDNTLIFE
Format:Format Kindle
J’ai choisis ce livre sur netgalley parceque cela faisait longtemps que je n’avais pas lu d’autobiographie/biographie. Et quand je m’attaque à ce genre je préfère lire au sujet d’expériences dérangeantes comme les troubles alimentaires, les problèmes de drogues, enfin des sujets bien joyeux (pas d’ironie par ici). Donc ma foi l’histoire d’une jeune fille de 19ans qui découvre qu’elle est atteinte d’une maladie qui la rendra un jour aveugle c’était plutôt dans mes cordes. Et je dois dire que je ne suis pas dessus d’avoir lu ce livre.

La plume de l’auteur est juste parfaite pour la trame, auto-dérision, ironie et humour sont au rendez-vous. On en oublie parfois que Nicole n’est pas une « simple » adolescente/jeune mariée/maman. Ce qui d’ailleurs me porte au deuxième point que j’ai beaucoup apprécié, on accompagne Nicole du jour du diagnostic au jour d’aujourd’hui a travers de nombreuses anecdotes (études, vie sentimentale, voyages, famille, tous les sujets sont abordés) qui nous permettent de nous projeter à la place de l’auteure. J’ai également ADORÉE toutes les références littéraires que l’auteure réussis à introduire parfaitement, sans que ce soit lourd. Voilà, Nicole sait de quoi elle parle en matière d’écriture mais elle nous le fait comprendre à travers un language du quotidien, on ne ressens pas le «je suis diplômée de Yale et tu vas voir pourquoi.»

Le seul problème que j’ai rencontré est le fait que Nicole ai du mal a annoncer autour d’elle qu’elle est atteinte d’une maladie, a 19ans je veux bien, mais avec deux enfants je comprends pas. C’est de l’auto-torture.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Identifiable, life-affirming memoir -- we can learn a lot from Nicole Kear 28 mars 2014
Par Kathy Cunningham - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Nicole C. Kear's NOW I SEE YOU is a funny, sad, terrifying, and uplifting memoir about her very personal battle with a degenerative eye disease. Nicole was nineteen when a doctor diagnosed her with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), an untreatable genetic condition that would render her blind within fifteen years. She went from being a normal college student fretting over things like boyfriends and disappointing jobs to worrying about what would happen to the rest of her life - would her condition mean she couldn't be an actress, couldn't get married, couldn't have children, couldn't function in the world like everyone else? For the first few years after her diagnosis, Nicole did the best she could to hide her deteriorating vision, even going so far as to pretend intoxication to cover up all-too-frequent clumsiness. NOW I SEE YOU explores Nicole's journey from denial to acceptance, from fear to affirmation that truly living requires courage, honesty, and a willingness to embrace the challenges we face.

Much of Nicole's story is very familiar and recognizable - my guess is just about every woman on the face of the earth can identify with her boyfriend issues, her sexual exploration, her hysterical Italian family, her marriage, and her pregnancies. Her first labor (with son Lorenzo) was so like my own (including the prolonged contractions and the eventual epidural) that as I was reading I forgot all about her slowly failing vision. This was a young woman who reminded me of myself - albeit thirty-five years ago! And in many ways, that's the heart of this story. Nicole has an incurable disease and she will be blind by the time she herself is thirty-five, but she's also a woman with a world of things to experience. Her decision to live in that world - including having children, raising them, and watching them grow - is what transforms her from the victim of a disease to a woman with a mission.

This is a very funny book, told with brilliant directness and unfettered honesty. Nicole's greatest challenge from the start was accepting her advancing condition and the limitations that came along with it. She couldn't stand the idea of people knowing she was losing her eyesight, whether because of vanity, pride, or just fear. What she finally realized is, "Vanity, pride, and fear were formidable opponents but my sense of maternal duty was stronger." She used the words "maternal duty," but she could just as easily have said "passion to live," because it's not just her children who benefitted from her will to persevere. She's a loving wife to husband David and a wonderful daughter, sister, and granddaughter to her family. That's what impressed me so much about Nicole's story - it's more the story of everyone who comes to know her, including those of us who share in it through this book.

At the end of NOW I SEE YOU, as Nicole Kear was faced with the reality of being legally blind, she had to also face the fact that "You CANNOT do this ALONE!" That's an important realization for any of us. For years, Nicole hid from the truth about her battle with RP, but through her loving relationships (especially with her three children), she stepped out from the shadows and embraced all that life had to offer. This is a book all of us can relate to, whether we're facing a debilitating disease or just life's ordinary everyday slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. I recommend this highly to anyone who enjoys life-affirming true stories that celebrate the positive. Great story about a woman who has a lot to teach us all about living life.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Funny, charming, poignant read 26 mai 2014
Par RobynJC - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a sophomore at Yale interning in a prestigious summer program, she should have it all, but Nicole is heartbroken. Her boyfriend just dumped her and she can't stop crying, even though her family's nickname for him was "lady legs." She is barely paying any attention to the stupid doctor's appointment she has to check off her list - until the doctor tells her, first, "don't kill the messenger" and second, "you're going blind." She doesn't have ten years left to live - but she does have ten years left to see.

It's not that what happens afterwards is surprising: there is sorrow, and denial, and a rash of bad decisions, and bumping into things. Lots of bumping into things. Ultimately there is true love, of many kinds, and courage, and acceptance. It's not the facts of the story that are surprising, but Nicole is a wonderful person with whom to spend some time. She is hysterically funny, first off. She is self-deprecating and NOT self-pitying. She doesn't always handle her problems well, but she is relatable and engaging. The way she comes to terms with her hardships - and the way she ultimately realizes that everyone has hardships; blindness is hers - is poignant and feels authentic and earned. I liked her very much and I enjoyed the time spent in her company. A definite fun, light, worthwhile read.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Searing and yet touching 11 juin 2014
Par A reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Nicole C. Kear's book was not the easiest to get through. She doesn't mince words in expressing her shock, outrage, and terror at the enormity of her diagnosis and the insensitivity of some medical professionals, not to mention the world and people around her.

Kear's bristling anger and rebelliousness were hard to read about; yet, returning to this book a while after finishing it, I realize that I gained so much insight from reading it. Kear shows us what it is like to live with approaching blindness, to know from the tender age of 19 (!!!) that this is happening, to be powerless to change the situation, and to feel a blazing determination to live a full life in spite of it all. She helps us understand her impulse to both hide and hide from the condition, to run fast while things were easier for her, and to act out her frustration in numerous ways. We gain a sense of what it is like to face such difficulties alone, emotionally unable to ask for assistance. The book helped me understand similar reactions in people I have known.

I must admit that despite Kear's sense of humor, the frequent use of the "f" word and lots of others like it can become tiresome, though her impulse to use it in her circumstances is understandable. Her emerging insight and tenderness are a welcome addition as the book progresses.

All in all this is a good though bumpy read. Recommended, especially to people who have had something onerous in their past or future and have felt the need to camouflage it whitewash it, and somehow live around it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Now I see you 22 avril 2014
Par Debra - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Hands down, this is one of the best memoirs I've ever read. I've been far too up close to a degenerative condition and I really appreciated her own experience with denial and trying to live life as normally as you can until you can't anymore. Her sense of wit and humor is laugh out loud funny, without being trite. The way she uses humor to cope is compelling - it doesn't soften the blow, but it does help you find joy in the tragedy.

It's a very quick read without being dumbed down and what she includes in the book is perfect for length, depth and clarity. She covers just enough to make you feel, but not so much as to make you bored.

More than anything, I really appreciated her reflections on motherhood. Being a mom changed her in the same way it changed me, and her writing made me tear up more than once (in a happy way). It certainly made me hug my kids a little tighter, and appreciate seeing a whole lot more. This is a must read for every mom who needs to remember how blessed they are.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Seeing Can Be A State of Mind 29 mai 2014
Par G.I Gurdjieff - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book. At age 19, Nicole Kear is given news in a doctor's office that no one should have to hear on the cusp of adulthood. She is suffering from a degenerative eye disease and is gradually going blind. She is even given an expiration date for her vision and is told to go home and make plans. Not surprisingly, she can crawl into a hole or she can live like it is 1999. For Nicole, the former is not a consideration and she opts for the later. She sets out on a journey of adventure and some reckless living and keeps her diagnosis a secret from most people.
As the clock ticks, Nicole changes. She finds true love, marriage, and motherhood. She also finds purpose in her life and a passion for living born out of not what she is losing but what she has.
This book is written in a sassy and at times profane manner. However, it also reaches out for the true meaning of life and the things that are ultimately important in terms of living fully on one's own terms.
While I loved the fluff that came with Nicole's reckless youth and desire to conquer life at warp speed before she lost her sight, the real payoff in this book came her eventual realization that there was more to her life and her essence than her vision.
Wonderfully written, this book was an unexpected treat that ended on a high note. I only see great things coming from this writer in the future.
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