“The Best Books on Blindness and the Brain by M. Leona Godin with the five covers of the books in my list. Sacks: “The Mind’s Eye” features a Profile photo of Sacks with eyes open wearing glasses. Locke: Essay Concerning Human Understanding ( edited by Kenneth P. Winlder) is just plain text on a plain background. Rosenblum: See What I’m Saying: illustrations of sensory organs--eye, ear, mouth, nose, hand—strewn about. Roberts: A Sense of the world features a tiny figure of James Holman with his walking stick standing next to a waterfall, which is revealed by a ripped cover graphic. Eagleman: Livewired features an illustration of a silhouetted girl containing a galaxy of amoeba-like planets and stars.

“The Best Books on Blindness and the Brain” at Shepherd.com

The Best Books on Blindness and the Brain on Shepherd.com is a grateful nod to the authors that deepened the sciencey bits of There Plant Eyes! Oliver Sacks, John Locke, Lawrence Rosenblum, Jason Roberts, & @DavidEagleman—whose book Livewired came out after I’d finished TPE but surely would have been in there.

Why I wrote this Blindness and the Brain list

Thanks to a degenerative retinal eye disease, I’ve lived on pretty much every notch of the sight-blindness continuum. While going blind super slowly I’ve engaged with the science of seeing and not-seeing as an  academic and artist for about 25 years. I like to say that there are as many ways of being blind as there are of being sighted, there are just fewer of us. besides teaching literature and humanities courses at NYU, I’ve lectured on art, accessibility, technology, and disability at universities and institutions around the country. I love sharing stories about the brain on blindness, and  hope you find my recommendations as fascinating as I do:

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And here’s a bit from Shepherd’s founder, Ben Fox from their About page

As a reader, I am incredibly frustrated with the bleak wasteland that is online book discovery. The big bookstores sell books like they sell toothpaste without passion. And Goodreads is more of a spreadsheet than a book discovery experience. How you find a book is important. That search is the start of a journey and should be fun.

Discovering a new book should be a magical experience where the search is part of the fun. That is what we are creating. We give readers fun ways to find amazing books.

I love wandering around bookstores and letting random books capture my attention. Nothing will ever replace the “bookstore experience,” but I want to reimagine book discovery online with more serendipity and delight.

I also want to help authors meet more readers. Authors illuminate our world, take us on faraway journeys, and entertain us. There is a growing trend that authors have to become their own marketing team. That concerns me because it is tough to do. I want to make it easier for authors to meet the readers who are most likely to be interested in their books…

Here is a much longer version with more info on me and why I started this website.

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