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The grace of silence
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Published:
New York : Pantheon Books, c2010.
Format:
Book
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Desc:
xiv, 185 pages : ill., ports ; 24 cm.
Status:
Green Hills - Adult Biography
B N857g
Main Library - Adult Biography
B N857g
Description
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.
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780307378767, 0307378764

Notes

General Note
"A memoir"---Dust jacket.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. [183]-185)
Description
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.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Norris, M. (2010). The grace of silence. New York: Pantheon Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Norris, Michele. 2010. The Grace of Silence. New York: Pantheon Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Norris, Michele, The Grace of Silence. New York: Pantheon Books, 2010.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Norris, Michele. The Grace of Silence. New York: Pantheon Books, 2010. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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