August 27, 2012

The Grace of Silence



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.

My Review:
Although I liked the more personal touches of this book, I found the other parts to be a bit slow. Overall it still is a great book to read and I learned quite a bit from it. Growing up in a predominantly Hispanic community it is hard for me to understand certain racial issues. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read this book and widen my horizons.

This was the first book I ever reviewed and you can definitely tell. My review was short and didn't really tell much about what I really thought about the book. I haven't re-read it which is why I'll be passing it on to one of you. It was a good book and had a lot about her family. I really wish it had just been done about her family though as the rest of the book just lost me. 

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