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The Grace Of Silence A Family Memoir (Paperback)

Author:  Michele Norris
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307475271
ISBN-13: 9780307475275
Sku: 219209294
Publish Date: 9/6/2011
Pages:  240
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A profoundly moving and deeply personal memoir by the co-host of National Public Radio''s flagship program "All Things Considered."
While exploring the hidden conversation on race unfolding throughout America in the wake of President Obama''s election, Michele Norris discovered that there were painful secrets within her own family that had been willfully withheld. These revelations--from her father''s shooting by a Birmingham police officer to her maternal grandmother''s job as an itinerant Aunt Jemima in the Midwest--inspired a bracing journey into her family''s past, from her childhood home in Minneapolis to her ancestral roots in the Deep South.
The result is a rich and extraordinary family memoir--filled with stories that elegantly explore the power of silence and secrets--that boldly examines racial legacy and what it means to be an American.

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A profoundly moving and deeply personal memoir by the co-host of National Public Radio’s flagship program All Things Considered.
 
While exploring the hidden conversation on race unfolding throughout America in the wake of President Obama’s election, Michele Norris discovered that there were painful secrets within her own family that had been willfully withheld. These revelations—from her father’s shooting by a Birmingham police officer to her maternal grandmother’s job as an itinerant Aunt Jemima in the Midwest—inspired a bracing journey into her family’s past, from her childhood home in Minneapolis to her ancestral roots in the Deep South.
 
The result is a rich and extraordinary family memoir—filled with stories that elegantly explore the power of silence and secrets—that boldly examines racial legacy and what it means to be an American.

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NPR "All Things Considered" host Michele Norris brings a journalistic integrity to this highly personal investigation into the complex issue of race in the United States. In the course of her research, Norris uncovered some never-discussed pieces of her own family's history that complicated her own conception of herself as an American and an African-American. Norris learned more about her parents integrating move into a white neighborhood in Minneapolis; she learned of her grandmother's work as an "Aunt Jemima" traveling salesperson. Perhaps most dramatically, she uncovered the fact that her father had gotten shot by a white police officer in Birmingham, AL, in the 1940s--something he never even told his wife about. Norris's book, GRACE OF SILENCE, proves that sometimes the most powerful way to gain understanding into an issue as nuanced and divisive as race can be is to look deeply and frankly at your own family and life. Selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 100 Book.NPR "All Things Considered" host Michele Norris brings a journalistic integrity to this highly personal investigation into the complex issue of race in the United States. In the course of her research, Norris uncovered some never-discussed pieces of her own family's history that complicated her own conception of herself as an American and an African-American. Norris learned more about her parents integrating move into a white neighborhood in Minneapolis; she learned of her grandmother's work as an "Aunt Jemima" traveling salesperson. Perhaps most dramatically, she uncovered the fact that her father had gotten shot by a white police officer in Birmingham, AL, in the 1940s--something he never even told his wife about. Norris's book, GRACE OF SILENCE, proves that sometimes the most powerful way to gain understanding into an issue as nuanced and divisive as race can be is to look deeply and frankly at your own family and life. Selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 100 Book.

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"Gracefully written and carefully researched...." - Sandy Banks 10/10/2010
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