In Short: Now I See You:A Memoir

By Nicole C. Kear

(St. Martin’s Press, $26)

This memorable memoir of vision loss sports a pair of dark glasses on the front cover, but it really needs a clown nose added in, too, to capture its playful spirit. Nicole C. Kear’s hilarious and poignant tale of her ever-dimming world sparkles with a winning wit and wisdom gained as much from seizing the day as from falling down. But Kear picks herself up repeatedly, and as she feels her way through both blindness and parenthood, her self-deprecating humor and sharp insights will inspire readers to ponder how clearly they truly see themselves and their world.