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The Grace of Silence: A Memoir

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In the wake of talk of a “postracial” America upon Barack Obama’s ascension as president of the United States, Michele Norris, cohost of National Public Radio’s flagship program All Things Considered, set out to write, through original reporting, a book about “the hidden conversation” on race that is unfolding nationwide. She would, she thought, base her book on the frank disclosures of others on the subject, but she was soon disabused of her presumption when forced to confront the fact that “the conversation” in her own family had not been forthright.

Norris unearthed painful family secrets that compelled her to question her own self-understanding: from her father’s shooting by a Birmingham police officer weeks after his discharge from the navy at the conclusion of World War II to her maternal grandmother’s peddling pancake mix as an itinerant Aunt Jemima to white farm women in the Midwest. In what became a profoundly personal and bracing journey into her family’s past, Norris traveled from her childhood home in Minneapolis to her ancestral roots in the Deep South to explore the reasons for the “things left unsaid” by her father and mother when she was growing up, the better to come to terms with her own identity. Along the way she discovered how her character was forged by both revelation and silence.

Extraordinary for Norris’s candor in examining her own racial legacy and what it means to be an American, The Grace of Silence is also informed by rigorous research in its evocation of time and place, scores of interviews with ordinary folk, and wise observations about evolving attitudes, at once encouraging and disturbing, toward race in America today. For its particularity and universality, it is powerfully moving, a tour de force.

Synopsis:

An award-winning host of NPR's All Things Considered traces her ancestry in America's south and how it reflects the nation's turbulent efforts toward racial equality, a heritage that has influenced her awareness about character, silence and integration. 100,000 first printing.

About the Author

Michele Norris, host of All Things Considered,is cowinner of the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for The York Project: Race and the ‘08 Vote and was chosen in 2009 as Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. She has written for, among other publications, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. As a correspondent for ABC News from 1993 to 2002, she earned Emmy and Peabody awards for her contribution to the network’s 9/11 reporting. She has been a frequent guest commentator on Meet the Press, The Chris Matthews Show, and Charlie Rose. Norris lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and children.

Table of Contents

Daddy — Block busters — Aunt Jemimas — The garden — Alabama — A secret — The docket — Service — The shooting — The war at home — A date with justice — Home.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307379467
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Subject:
Social Science : Discrimination & Racism
Author:
Norris, Michele
Author:
Michele Norris
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Cultural Heritage
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
American
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Current Affairs-General
Subject:
Journalism - General
Subject:
Journalism-Journalists
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-BIOGRAPHY
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100921
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
208

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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