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Publisher's Summary

A heartfelt and inspiring memoir and celebration of Deaf culture by Nyle DiMarco, actor, producer, two-time reality show winner, and cultural icon of the international Deaf community

Before becoming the actor, producer, advocate, and model that people know today, Nyle DiMarco was half of a pair of Deaf twins born to a multigenerational Deaf family in Queens, New York. At the hospital one day after he was born, Nyle “failed” his first test—a hearing test—to the joy and excitement of his parents.

In this engrossing memoir, Nyle shares stories, both heartbreaking and humorous, of what it means to navigate a world built for hearing people. From growing up in a rough-and-tumble childhood in Queens with his big and loving Italian American family to where he is now, Nyle has always been driven to explore beyond the boundaries given him. 

A college math major and athlete at Gallaudet—the famed university for the Deaf in Washington, DC—Nyle was drawn as a young man to acting, and dove headfirst into the reality show competitions America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars—ultimately winning both competitions.

Deaf Utopia is more than a memoir; it is a cultural anthem—a proud and defiant song of Deaf culture and a love letter to American Sign Language, Nyle’s primary language. Through his stories and those of his Deaf brothers, parents, and grandparents, Nyle opens many windows into the Deaf experience.

Deaf Utopia is intimate, suspenseful, hilarious, eye-opening, and smart—both a memoir and a celebration of what makes Deaf culture unique and beautiful.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 William Morrow (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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An eye opener!

Really enjoyed learning about Mr. Nile, where he came from, where he has been & where he is headed! He has endured many struggles & roadblock but gets right back up & continues to get up with a smile everyday!!! Must read

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Very interesting book

Very great story. I love the mix of English and Asl difference. I loved learning about Deaf history.

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Loved this Book, Nile’s Story

I really enjoyed this Book, Loved it, his story so much. Have been a Fan since seeing him on DWTS.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE

This book is AMAZING! Obviously the audiobook is for hearing people only, so if you want to learn more about the Deaf community, I HIGHLY encourage you to listen. I love the reader, his tone of voice is soothing and captivating. Nyle’s story is easy to follow and is interesting as well as informative. Don’t wait, listen to this book!!

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new deaf eyes opened now for me. nice to know

good exposure. eye opening story. thank you for the exposure to the community of the deaf

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good read!

loved it. inspiring story. learning about a new culture.
kind of an abrupt ending but it didn't bother me that much. keeps me wanting to know more.

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Fantastic!

This book is fun, educational and mind expanding. Loved it from start to finish! This is very worth listening to. Enjoy!

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Amazing read.

I loved it, I learned a lot that I didn’t know about Deaf culture and about the history of it.

Was very happy to read and hear an amazing story. Also got me to go back and watch old episodes of TV shows I would’ve never watched.

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educational & entertaining

Although not new information for me, as a professional in deafness, I greatly enjoyed the behind the scenes look at Nyle's family, school experience and professional growth. Thank you.

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Love it!

Awesome book by Nyle Dimarco, finished it in less than a week! I knew a fair bit about the deaf community before this book, but this opened my mind! Highly recommend this book to anyone, whether if you knew about the deaf community or not!

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A must read

Nyle is a fascinating guy. His words are honest, interesting and inspiring. I look forward to the next big thing that he does and an excited to learn more about the Deaf community. Heart touch