Cockeyed, by Ryan Knighton (2006)

Genre: Biography
Interest level: 16 & up
CockeyedRyan Knighton began losing his eyesight in his early to mid-teens. No one knew it though, so it didn’t stop him from learning to drive and getting a driver’s licence, with nearly disastrous results. Eventually, at 18, he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa – a kind of progressively degenerative tunnel vision that over time has cost him his sight. But not his wicked sense of humour, resulting in a hilarious, touching and revealing memoir of his journey so far. He grew up in Langley BC, and collected BA and MA degrees at Simon Fraser University, finding sex and falling in love, occasionally travelling, and all the while living in Vancouver and Burnaby. (It’s great fun reading a biography when you know the places so well.) Deservedly nominated for the Stephen Leacock Award for humour, Cockeyed is not the biography of a man going blind, but of a man living his life with passion and irreverence. Does he accept his blindness? I’d describe it more as a wry tolerance. Loved it!
Ryan Knighton is today a faculty member in the English department at Capilano University. If you’d like to know a little more about him, check out his bio at Cap. You gotta love someone who gets tattoos on faith …
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