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The Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir (Vintage)


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The questions, discussion topics, and reading suggestions that follow are intended to enhance your reading group’s discussion of The Grace of Silence, Michele Norris’s deeply personal memoir.

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fratmom, June 23, 2011 (view all comments by fratmom)
I haven't read this book yet. I just saw another blog that lead me here.
I can hardly wait to get it.
It's so difficult, but so classy, to be able to remain silent when one is being wronged.
My Chinese mother-in-law was an educated lady and so sweet. People often
yelled when they spoke to her, as though she couldn't hear. While her English was
impeccable, she had a slight accent. I wanted to ask those who looked sideways at
her, "And how well do you speak HER language?"
It's no wonder that whites are known as 'the ugly Americans.'
My biggest dream is for all racism to end. I'm afraid I won't live to see it.
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Norris, Michele
People of Color
Biography - General
memoir;race;african americans
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"Synopsis" by , 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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