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The new paperback in the bestselling series of inspiring personal philosophies

This collection of This I Believe essays gathers seventy-five essayists—ranging from famous to previously unknown—completing the thought that begins the books title. With contributors who run the gamut from cellist Yo-Yo Ma, to professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, to ordinary folks like a diner waitress, an Iraq War veteran, a farmer, a new husband, and many others, This I Believe II, like the first New York Times bestselling collection, showcases moving and irresistible essays.

Included are Sister Helen Prejean writing about learning what she truly believes through watching her own actions, singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore writing about a hard-won wisdom based on being generous to others, and Robert Fulghum writing about dancing all the dances for as long as he can. Readers will also find wonderful and surprising essays about forgiveness, personal integrity, and honoring life and change.

Here is a welcome, stirring, and provocative communion with the minds and hearts of a diverse, new group of people—whose beliefs and the remarkably varied ways in which they choose to express them reveal the American spirit at its best.

Jay Allison, the host and curator of This I Believe, is an independent broadcast journalist. His work appears often on NPR and has earned him five Peabody Awards. He is the founder of the public radio stations that serve Marthas Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod, where he lives.

Dan Gediman is the executive producer of This I Believe. His work has been heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Marketplace, Jazz Profiles, and This American Life. He has won many of public broadcastings most prestigious awards, including the duPont-Columbia Award.

This second collection of This I Believe essays gathers seventy-five essayists—including writers known and unknown—who complete the thought that begins in the books title. Among the contributors are musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Béla Fleck, Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel, the founder of the online community Craigslist.org and an anthropology student at the University of Chicago.  

Sister Helen Prejean writes about learning what she truly believes through watching her own actions, singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore writes about a hard-won wisdom based on being generous to others, and Robert Fulghum writes about dancing all the dances for as long as he can. A diner waitress, an Iraq War veteran, and a new husband also add their voices to the collection of concise essays about music, skateboarding, success and failure, memory and identity. 

Each piece, whether poignant or humorous, compels the reader to think about how they have formed their own personal beliefs and about the extent to which they express them to others.  This edition also contains an appendix on how to write a This I Believe essay.

This I Believe II is also available on CD as an unabridged audiobook.  Each essay is read by its author.  Please email academic@macmillan.com for more information.

"In the second collection derived from the extraordinarily popular and influential National Public Radio program This I Believe, pithy, personal, and stealthily affecting essays grapple with life's big questions from myriad perspectives and with refreshingly positive energy . . . Infused with gratitude and hope, these declarations are at once grounding and uplifting."—Booklist
"This I Believe II features 75 pithy essays by authors young and old, famous and unknown, and engaged in every walk of life. In 'The Right to Be Fully American,' Pakistani-American Muslim attorney Yasir Billoo describes the anguish of being made to feel like a foreigner in your homeland, while virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma expounds the benefits of cross-fertilizing cultures, both in life and in music. In 'The Faith That Brings Me Peace,' Betsy Chalmers describes how the implicit belief in marital faithfulness has enabled her to remain committed to her 30-year marriage to a convicted criminal; in 'God is God Because He Remembers,' Elie Wiesel puts the value of shared history into stark perspective. In the foreword, co-producer Jay Allison describes This I Believe as 'a snapshot of the convictions of our age.' Even a preliminary reading of the book will reveal that these varied convictions arise from a diverse range and depth of experiences."—Aisha Motlani, Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)

"In his introduction to This I Believe II, Jay Allison writes, 'In an age of irony, an earnest statement is a target.' Yet the long-running NPR series from which this collection of essays is drawn, and for which Allison is the host and curator, is exactly that: the earnest statements of people of every age, gender, race, religion and station of life about what is most significant to them. Almost every one of the 500-word essays is surprising in some way. If you're expecting tired platitudes about religion or family or patriotism, try this one: 'I believe in semi-permanent hair dye.' That's Amelia Baxter-Stoltzfus, who wrote her funny but insightful essay as a high school student. Or how about 'I believe in strange blessings,' the opening line of the essay by Robin Baudier, a young woman who found her life turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina—and found the good side of living in a FEMA trailer . . . By turns moving, thoughtful, cheering and heartbreaking, in an age of irony these essays offer a little something to believe in."—Colette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times
 
"This book opens with a formidable challenge: 'What would you say in five hundred words to capture a core principle that guides your life?' Before you try to answer that question, you might want to read some of the 75 essays collected in This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. Many will leave you breathless. And those that dont astonish may simply humble you . . . Many of these speakers articulate beliefs 'forged in hardship'–sometimes horrific experiences of tragedy, illness, or loss. Yet over and again they affirm the good to be gleaned–by those willing to recognize it–from the largest and the smallest lessons of human experience . . . The books purpose, says Allison, is to 'counter . . . divisiveness' and 'raise a flag for thoughtfulness.' These essays do that but they also do something more: They speak to the best in all of us and leave us in awe of the unheralded virtue that surrounds us every day."—Marjorie Kehe, The Christian Science Monitor

"With times as bad as they are, perhaps a bit of inspiration is needed. If so, This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women fits the bill. The This I Believe project invites people to write 500-word essays on their personal philosophies. The result has been thousands of essays, which can be read on ThisIBelieve.org., where philosophies are continually added . . . Edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, with John Gregory and Viki Merrick, in association with National Public Radio (NPR), this little volume will make you stop and think—and perhaps pick up a pen."—Chris Stuckenschneider, The Missourian

 
"In the second collection derived from the extraordinarily popular and influential National Public Radio program This I Believe, pithy, personal, and stealthily affecting essays grapple with life's big questions from myriad perspectives and with refreshingly positive energy . . . Infused with gratitude and hope, these declarations are at once grounding and uplifting."—Booklist

"Allison and Gediman's newest omnibus highlights 75 more essays from the archives of the successful NPR program, a contemporary version of Edward Murrow's classic radio show. Culled from writers both legendary and previously unfamiliar, each essayist presents what he or she believes in 500 words. From Robin Baudier's tract on Strange Blessings, detailing her experience living in her parents' FEMA trailer after the devastation of Katrina, to Michelle Gardner-Quinn's credo for upholding reverence for all life (Quinn was tragically murdered after completing this essay) to Kim Phuc's essay on Forgiveness, borne of her experience as that girl in the picture running naked, napalm-burnt on a road near Saigon, each micro-essay stuns with its singular beauty, lucidity and humility. Icons like Helen Prejean, Studs Terkel and Elie Wiesel find estimable company in heretofore unknown writers who distill their individual truths with affecting sincerity and admirable aptitude."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Table of Contents

 
Introduction
JAY ALLISON
 
Finding the Strength to Fight Our Fears

TERRY AHWAL

 
I Will Take My Voice Back

QUIQUE AVILES

 
A Silent Night That Brought Healing

STEVE BANKO

 
Living with Integrity

BOB BARRET

 
The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home

ROBIN BAUDIER

 
Returning to Whats Natural

AMELIA BAXTER-STOLTZFUS

 
The Right to Be Fully American

YASIR BILLOO

 
The Person Im Supposed to Be

ANDY BLOWERS

 
Making It Up as I Go Along

ALICE BROCK

 
Sticking My Nose in the Worlds Business

BRIGID DAULL BROCKWAY

 
Teaching a Bad Dog New Tricks

DAVID BUETOW

 
The Learning Curve of Gratitude

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER

 
Failure Is a Good Thing

JON CARROLL

 
The Faith That Brings Me Peace

BETSY CHALMERS

 
The Person I Want to Bring into This World

LAURA SHIPLER CHICO

 
The Deeper Well of Memory

CHRISTINE CLEARY

 
A Marriage Thats Good Enough

CORINNE COLBERT

 
Creating Our Own Happiness

WAYNE COYNE

 
A Way to Honor Life

CORTNEY DAVIS

 
We Never Go Away

DENNIS DOWNEY

 
The Questions We Must Ask

TAMAR DUKE-COHAN

 
Learning True Tolerance

JOEL ENGARDIO

 
Doing Things My Own Way

BELA FLECK

 
Dancing All the Dances as Long as I Can

ROBERT FULGHUM

A Reverence for All Life

MICHELLE GARDNER-QUINN

 
A Feeling of Wildness

DAVID GESSNER

 
All the Joy the World Contains

JIMMIE DALE GILMORE

 
As I Grow Old

DAVID GREENBERGER

 
Untold Stories of Kindness

ERNESTO HAIBI

 
Peace Begins with One Person

IVORY HARLOW

 
Do What You Love

TONY HAWK

 
Combating the Tyranny of the Positive Attitude

BARBARA HELD

 
My Husband Will Call Me Tomorrow

BECKY HERZ

 
The Tense Middle

ROALD HOFFMANN

 
Living in the Here and Now

JEFFREY HOLLENDER

 
Inner Strength from Desperate Times

JAKE HOVENDEN

 
Becoming a Parent Is a Gift

CHRIS HUNTINGTON

 
Finding Redemption Through Acceptance

INTERROGATOR

 
Paying Attention to the Silver Lining

ANNALIESE JAKIMIDES

 
There Is No Blame; There Is Only Love

ANN KARASINSKI

 
The Universe Is Conspiring to Help Us

KEVIN KELLY

 
We All Need Mending

SUSAN COOKE KITTREDGE

 
Telling Kids the Whole Truth

MARTHA LEATHE

 
Every Person Is Precious

ISABEL LEGARDA

 
Navigating Turbulent Waters

JIMMY LIAO

 
All Beings Are Interconnected

JAMES LONEY

 
A Musician of Many Cultures

YO-YO MA

 
Being Content with Myself

KAMAAL MAJEED

 
Be Cool

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE

 
That Old Piece of Cloth

FRANK MILLER

 
My Home Is New Orleans

MIKE MILLER

 
That Golden Rule Thing

CRAIG NEWMARK

 
My Personal Leap of Faith

BILL NUNAN

 
Admittance to a Better Life

MICHAEL OATMAN

 
Living What You Do Every Day

YOLANDA OBANNON

 
The Long Road to Forgiveness

KIM PHUC

 
The Practice of Slowing Down

PHIL POWERS

 
Living My Prayer

SISTER HELEN PREJEAN

 
The Chance to Move Forward

MARIA MAYO ROBBINS

 
Utterly Humbled by Mystery

FATHER RICHARD ROHR

 
I Always Have a Choice

CATHERINE ROYCE

 
I Am Not My Body

LISA SANDIN

 
Resilience Is a Gift

JOEL SCHMIDT

 
The Designated Celebrator

MELINDA SHOAF

 
Baking by Senses and Memories

EMILY SMITH

 
Learning to Trust My Intuition

CYNTHIA SOMMER

 
An Optimistic View of the World

DAN TANI

 
Community in Action

STUDS TERKEL

 
Music Makes Me Come Alive

JOAN TOWER

 
God Is God Because He Remembers

ELIE WIESEL

 
The Guts to Keep Going

AMY LYLES WILSON

 
Freeing Myself Through Forgiveness

YOLANDA YOUNG

 
A Potential for Brutality

YINONG YOUNG-XU

 
A Duty to Family, Heritage, and Country

YING YING YU

 
Were All Different in Our Own Ways

JOSHUA YUCHASZ

 
Afterword

DAN GEDIMAN

 
APPENDIX A:

How to Write Your Own This I Believe Essay

 
APPENDIX B:

How to Use This I Believe in Your Community

 
Acknowledgments
 
Reading Group Guide

Synopsis:

Featuring contributions from 80 Americans--from the famous to the unknown--this series of insightful observations completes the thought that the book's title introduces. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they arrive at their own personal beliefs but also how they share them with others.

Synopsis:

A new collection of inspiring personal philosophies from another noteworthy group of people

This second collection of This I Believe essays gathers seventyfive essayists ranging from famous to previously unknown completing the thought that begins the book's

Synopsis:

Pulphead author John Jeremiah Sullivan, "among the best young non-fiction writers in English"  (The New York Times), picks the year's best essays selected from hundereds of magazines, journals, and websites.

Synopsis:

A collection of the year's best essays culled from periodicals.

Synopsis:

Selected and introduced by Cheryl Strayed, the New York Times best-selling author of Wild and the writer of the celebrated column “Dear Sugar,” this collection is a treasure trove of fine writing and thought-provoking essays.

Synopsis:

“A creature from an alternative universe . . . wanting to understand what is on the American mind should rush to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of this distinguished anthology . . . Exhilarating.” — Publishers Weekly

The Best American Essays 2014 is selected and introduced by John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of  the critically acclaimed essay collection Pulphead. The New York Times placed Sullivan “among the best young nonfiction writers in English” and the New York Times Book Review heralded Pulphead as “the best, and most important, collection of magazine writing since Wallaces A Supposedly Fun Thing Ill Never Do Again.”

About the Author

Jay Allison, the host and curator of This I Believe, is an independent broadcast journalist. His work appears often on NPR and has earned him five Peabody Awards. He is the founder of the public radio stations that serve Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod, where he lives.

Dan Gediman is the executive producer of This I Believe. His work has been heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Marketplace, Jazz Profiles, and This American Life. He has won many of public broadcasting’s most prestigious awards, including the duPont-Columbia Award.

Table of Contents

ContentsIntroductionJAY ALLISON Finding the Strength to Fight Our Fears

TERRY AHWAL I Will Take My Voice Back

QUIQUE AVILES A Silent Night That Brought Healing

STEVE BANKO Living with Integrity

BOB BARRET The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home

ROBIN BAUDIER Returning to What’s Natural

AMELIA BAXTER-STOLTZFUS The Right to Be Fully American

YASIR BILLOO The Person I’m Supposed to Be

ANDY BLOWERS Making It Up as I Go Along

ALICE BROCK Sticking My Nose in the World’s Business

BRIGID DAULL BROCKWAYTeaching a Bad Dog New Tricks

DAVID BUETOW The Learning Curve of Gratitude

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER Failure Is a Good Thing

JON CARROLL The Faith That Brings Me Peace

BETSY CHALMERS The Person I Want to Bring into This World

LAURA SHIPLER CHICO The Deeper Well of Memory

CHRISTINE CLEARY A Marriage That’s Good Enough

CORINNE COLBERT Creating Our Own Happiness

WAYNE COYNE A Way to Honor Life

CORTNEY DAVIS We Never Go Away

DENNIS DOWNEY The Questions We Must Ask

TAMAR DUKE-COHAN Learning True Tolerance

JOEL ENGARDIO Doing Things My Own Way

BELA FLECK Dancing All the Dances as Long as I Can

ROBERT FULGHUM

A Reverence for All Life

MICHELLE GARDNER-QUINN A Feeling of Wildness

DAVID GESSNER All the Joy the World Contains

JIMMIE DALE GILMORE As I Grow Old

DAVID GREENBERGER Untold Stories of Kindness

ERNESTO HAIBI Peace Begins with One Person

IVORY HARLOW Do What You Love

TONY HAWK Combating the Tyranny of the Positive Attitude

BARBARA HELD My Husband Will Call Me Tomorrow

BECKY HERZ The Tense Middle

ROALD HOFFMANN Living in the Here and Now

JEFFREY HOLLENDER Inner Strength from Desperate Times

JAKE HOVENDEN Becoming a Parent Is a Gift

CHRIS HUNTINGTON Finding Redemption Through Acceptance

INTERROGATOR Paying Attention to the Silver Lining

ANNALIESE JAKIMIDES There Is No Blame; There Is Only Love

ANN KARASINSKI The Universe Is Conspiring to Help Us

KEVIN KELLY We All Need Mending

SUSAN COOKE KITTREDGE Telling Kids the Whole Truth

MARTHA LEATHE Every Person Is Precious

ISABEL LEGARDA Navigating Turbulent Waters

JIMMY LIAO All Beings Are Interconnected

JAMES LONEY A Musician of Many Cultures

YO-YO MA Being Content with Myself

KAMAAL MAJEED Be Cool

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE That Old Piece of Cloth

FRANK MILLER My Home Is New Orleans

MIKE MILLER That Golden Rule Thing

CRAIG NEWMARK My Personal Leap of Faith

BILL NUNAN Admittance to a Better Life

MICHAEL OATMAN Living What You Do Every Day

YOLANDA O’BANNON The Long Road to Forgiveness

KIM PHUC The Practice of Slowing Down

PHIL POWERS Living My Prayer

SISTER HELEN PREJEAN The Chance to Move Forward

MARIA MAYO ROBBINS Utterly Humbled by Mystery

FATHER RICHARD ROHR I Always Have a Choice

CATHERINE ROYCE I Am Not My Body

LISA SANDIN Resilience Is a Gift

JOEL SCHMIDT The Designated Celebrator

MELINDA SHOAF Baking by Senses and Memories

EMILY SMITH Learning to Trust My Intuition

CYNTHIA SOMMER An Optimistic View of the World

DAN TANI Community in Action

STUDS TERKEL Music Makes Me Come Alive

JOAN TOWER God Is God Because He Remembers

ELIE WIESEL The Guts to Keep Going

AMY LYLES WILSON Freeing Myself Through Forgiveness

YOLANDA YOUNG A Potential for Brutality

YINONG YOUNG-XU A Duty to Family, Heritage, and Country

YING YING YU We’re All Different in Our Own Ways

JOSHUA YUCHASZ Afterword

DAN GEDIMAN APPENDIX A:

How to Write Your Own This I Believe Essay APPENDIX B:

How to Use This I Believe in Your Community Acknowledgments Reading Group Guide

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805090895
Author:
Allison, Jay
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Editor:
Gediman, Dan
Editor:
Botein, Emily
Author:
ison, Jay
Author:
Sullivan, John Jeremiah
Author:
Jay, Allison
Author:
Strayed, Cheryl
Author:
Dan Gediman
Author:
Gediman, Dan
Author:
All
Author:
Atwan, Robert
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Inspiration
Subject:
Personal growth
Subject:
Inspiration & Personal Growth
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Best American
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , Featuring contributions from 80 Americans--from the famous to the unknown--this series of insightful observations completes the thought that the book's title introduces. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they arrive at their own personal beliefs but also how they share them with others.
"Synopsis" by , A new collection of inspiring personal philosophies from another noteworthy group of people

This second collection of This I Believe essays gathers seventyfive essayists ranging from famous to previously unknown completing the thought that begins the book's

"Synopsis" by ,

Pulphead author John Jeremiah Sullivan, "among the best young non-fiction writers in English"  (The New York Times), picks the year's best essays selected from hundereds of magazines, journals, and websites.

"Synopsis" by , A collection of the year's best essays culled from periodicals.
"Synopsis" by , Selected and introduced by Cheryl Strayed, the New York Times best-selling author of Wild and the writer of the celebrated column “Dear Sugar,” this collection is a treasure trove of fine writing and thought-provoking essays.
"Synopsis" by , “A creature from an alternative universe . . . wanting to understand what is on the American mind should rush to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of this distinguished anthology . . . Exhilarating.” — Publishers Weekly

The Best American Essays 2014 is selected and introduced by John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of  the critically acclaimed essay collection Pulphead. The New York Times placed Sullivan “among the best young nonfiction writers in English” and the New York Times Book Review heralded Pulphead as “the best, and most important, collection of magazine writing since Wallaces A Supposedly Fun Thing Ill Never Do Again.”

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