Individual Author Record
Name: Beth FinkePen Name: None Genre: Born: in Elmhurst, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionFinke was born in Elmhurst, Illinois. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and now lives in the Printers Row neighborhood of Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationBeth Finke is a NPR Commentator, an award-winning author, teacher and journalist who also happens to be blind.
- Long Time No See, University of Illinois Press, 2004
- Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound, Blue Marlin Publications, 2007
Titles At Your Library
Long Time, No See
ISBN: 0252072197 University of Illinois Press. 2004 Beth Finke was a 26-year-old newlywed with a promising career when juvenile diabetes caused her to lose her sight. Journals kept during eye surgeries and transcribed onto Finke's talking computer became the foundation for Long Time, No See, a book celebrating how ordinary people can work through extraordinary difficulties.
With unflinching candor and acerbic wit, Finke chronicles the ups and downs of her marriage, her rocky training period with a seeing-eye dog, her struggles to find employment, and her life with her son Gus, born with special needs of his own.
Finke's life story and her commanding knowledge of her situation give readers a clear understanding of diabetes, blindness, and the issues faced by parents of children with significant disabilities. Because she has taken care to include accurate medical information as well as personal memoir, Long Time, No See serves as a resource for others in similar situations and for professionals who deal with adults or children who have disabilities.
Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound
ISBN: 0979291801 Blue Marlin Publications. 2007 Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound, is the story of how Beth, who is blind, travels safely around the city--to work, shopping, even to baseball games--with the help of Hanni, a specially-trained Golden/Labrador Retriever. It's a touching tale of mutual devotion and teamwork. Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound includes factual information about how Hanni was raised and trained, how Beth and Hanni learned to work together as a team, and what it's like to be blind.