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Nancy has written and co-authored many books and publications in her lifetime.

Something's Not Right (1st Edition)

Learning disabilities (LD) are a root cause of major problems in our society. Vast numbers of youngsters are not receiving appropriate education. Nancy Lelewer’s story began when even less was known about learning disabilities than is known today. In a gripping and fast-moving narrative style, this book brings home the fact that LD persons need to receive instruction via different  routes and the earlier the better.

 

 

 

The Lelewer Legacy
 
Nancy Lelewer (pronounced like Delaware) describes growing up in a loving family where she knew her grandparents well and spent lots of time with her charismatic father and gracious mother. Many of the stories in this book are in the voice of the person telling the story as she taped her parents for several years. Other stories describe her experiences of carrying on her family’s loving legacy. Multiple stories portray her adventures and relationships with two special couples she met during summer visits to Martha’s Vineyard. As Nancy spent time on their boats and in their homes, the women became sisters and the couples an extended, loving family.

 

 

The Autobiography of David Lelewer (edited, annotated and published by Nancy Lelewer)
 

As the ship emptied out on Castle Island, New York, middle-age David searched for his mother but couldn’t find her. Finally, there was only one old lady left and David said to her, “Are you my mom?” It felt like a lifetime since David had sailed for America, years after his father had been lost at sea on his attempt, when David was five. Left behind with his mom and many siblings, David watched his two younger sisters die from their lack of means. This drove David to self-educate, reading late into the evening, every book he could get his hands on, in their single room dwelling. At the age of 18, David journeyed to America and over the years arranged passage for each family member. Finally, with his mother’s arrival, all surviving members of his family were reunited.

 

 

Harvard Institute of Learning Review (Page 131 Sue and Gracie)
 
As I entered the hospital room, I found Sue crying next to Gracie’s crib and realized this was a child who was dying, not just sick. While trying to feed Gracie in Charlotte, when her entire small intestine had died, the nurses destroyed all of Gracie’s tiny veins, so there was no way to get food into her. Sue had flown Gracie to Boston as a last hope of saving her life. The doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital had already operated once. Now he reported Gracie would need another surgery. The tube he had placed through her liver to her heart to feed her was flopping around and, if left, would destroy her liver. He needed to glue her organs together and sew the tube to the liver. This night Sue agreed to come home with me. We purchased liver and I gave her my sewing kit. As I fixed dinner, Sue sat and sewed the liver. Her daughter’s life depended on the knots holding.

 

Aging Wisely (Chapters 3, Serendipity,  and Chapter 24, Dealing with Hearing and Visual Loss as We Age)
 
Aging Wisely’s chapters are authored by a variety of seniors. I contributed two chapters. One describes my journey through many doors, where each led to another exciting adventure. A dinner party led to an appointment at MIT doing research in dyslexia, which led to my starting a Swedish wheelchair company in the US, which led to International meetings on the brains of dyslexics, which led to an appointment at Harvard Medical School to do dyslexia research, and much more. The second is my account of being directed to Dr. Roland in New York when no one in Boston would give me a cochlear implant. Dr. Roland operated on me. I got my hearing and my life back.
 
 
 

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