The Grace of Silence

The Grace of Silence

Book - 2011
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The cohost of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" set out, through original reporting, to write a book about "the hidden conversation on race" that is going on in this country. Along the way she unearthed painful family secrets that compelled her to question her own self-understanding; she traveled extensively to explore her own complex racial legacy. Her exploration is informed by hundreds of interviews with ordinary Americans and their observations about evolving attitudes toward race in America.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st Vintage ed.
ISBN: 9780307475275
Characteristics: xv, 206 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.


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Sep 13, 2019

A fantastic book to help us discuss race relationships in our country: “so as not to allow us to be hindered by acrimony and rancor in our struggle to rise above “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” and achieve self-fulfillment no matter what. How would I have been different without their complex grace of silence? And what’s more corrosive to the dialogue on race in America over the last half a century or so, things said or unsaid?”

May 26, 2014

This is one of the best books I have every read! The truth behind the chronicles of a history written by ones who don't want the ugliness of racial bigotry to be told. 5 starts to Michele Norris.

gracindaisy Sep 09, 2013

Memoir of the author’s childhood in Minneapolis and her father’s life in 1960’s Birmingham, Alabama.

Jan 18, 2011

Michele Norris looks at her own life and her parents' lives as a means to understanding how their experiences colored her own growing up and view of the world. Their groundbreaking move to south Minneapolis is just one thing that will make this interesting to local readers. For anyone who wants to look at their own history through a different lens, Michele gives us tools to emulate. I read this in one day, yesterday, the day we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King. I'm glad this was on my Christmas list and proved to be as wonderful as I thought it would be.

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