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I enjoyed reading this rich insightful and top notch memoir The author s father came from segregated Birmingham Alabama and she spends much f the book researching the circumstances f the city cops shooting her father after he returned home from his military service in World War Two Sound familiar She provided me with another look into what it s like to live as an African American in the USA which is what I was seeking Norris is about my age and like me grew up in the Midwest her Minnesota to my Illinois in a middle class family We re both also the youngest f three girls Yet in some ways ur childhoods couldn t be different Both my parents grew up in relative poverty and from a young age were well aware f the limitations f their class But my dad never had to worry about being targeted for harassment by cops because f the color Porter Rockwell: A Biography of his skin He never had to suffer the indignityf being called boy after serving honorably in WWII He wasn t automatically assigned to kitchen duty when he joined the Navy And he never had to watch neighbors avoid meeting his eyes Satire or place a for sale sign after he moved into an all white residential district I m sure both my parents now in their 80s still carry secrets that for whatever reason they have chosen not to share with me But unlike those in Norris family nonef Deflower the Boss our family s secrets however painful were ever even remotely tied to race Norris is a fine writer and I came away from this memoir with a greater understandingf what it is like to grew up black Far from an angry diatribe about the unfairness Hebrew magic amulets of discrimination this book is than anything a loving tribute to her late father a postal worker Despite the indignities mentioned above Belvin Norris remained anptimistic and proud man who passed n to his children hard working ethics The title f this memoir is also a tribute to her parents and the Being There other adultsf her childhood who kept silent about past indignities in part because they saw little use for sharing them with tne next generation and in part because they had wisely long since forgiven the people behind those indignities Norris has made it clear here and in interviews about the book that it behooves us to seek ut ur elders stories before they are gone forever There is so much to learn from their challenges and the steps they took to meet them But she also wants us to see her appreciation Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom of and admiration for these people s decisions to keep their past hurts to themselves Their silence is grace personified and it should be acknowledged She does that here admirably This book DOES read like a novel in many ways asther reviewers have mentioned I think what particularly appealed to me about this memoir was the many insights she ffered about a significant era in ur civil rights history ne tha This is a heartfelt memoir about Michele Norris family and her work with covering race relations in America I saw Michele speak at a conference during I have been In the wake f talk Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith of a “postracial” America upon Barack Obama’s ascension as presidentf the United States Michele Norris cohost f National Public Radio’s flagship program All Things Considered set ut to write through riginal reporting a book about “the hidden conversation” n race that is unfolding nationwide She would she thought base her book n the frank disclosures f The War at Home: One Family's Fight Against PTSD othersn the subject but she was soon disabused f her presumption when forced to confront the fact that “the conversation” in her wn family had not been forthright Norris unearthed painf.
Anting to read THE GRACE OF SILENCE for some time having grown up in what I call South Scandinavian Minneapolis a BlackChinese girl passing for white Although Michele Norris didn t delve into growing up in South Minneapolis as much as I was hoping I wasn t disappointed She recorded history that made me realize there is so much I don t know Her attention to detail has given me much to uestion especially how different was it for my Chinese father who also served in the Navy during World War II than it was for her father My father went to every Navy reunion he could He was a dispatcher why wasn t he relegated to cook My father had two young children at home yet he volunteered to enlist at a time when the war was almost ver What didn t my father tell meI was born in 1948 I came f age in the 60s I d like to think my mother s silence was the grace f silence but was it I couldn t go to football games at ther schools because there might be a race riot but what was race What was a riot On television I saw people dressed in white sheets and fires burning but what did it have to do with me I have spent my life trying to know who I am based n race gender class etc I know myself well yet after reading THE GRACE OF SILENCE by Michele Norris I realize I have to understand based n what I didn t know I didn t know I am a writer I believe in conjuring stories and recording them Certainly for Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations ourselves to gain a better understandingf who we are but also for thers because they are listening and learning and relating I read this book in a rush skimmed it really when the person who was supposed to interview Michele Norris National Public Radio All Things Considered fell ill and I replaced her It s not a great book but Michele Norris is charming and articulate and I ve been a fan for a long time She was even better in person The book is a memoir about her wn family and the stories they never told her about their wn experiences with race and racism in America a silence she thinks common to families not nly The Stringbean Murders on the subjectf race The grace she says was in trying to protect her from the pain and anger they experienced always keeping things positive and up beat in her family so she would feel none أساطير شعبية من قلب جزيرة العرب: الجزء الرابع of the constraintsf discrimination She admits she benefited from this but regrets that she learned her family s stories so late in life and urges Stricken (Asphalt Cowboys, others to encourage their elders to tell their stories It s an interesting and relatively engaging book but not a great book It resonated with me particularly becausef Sheehan s work The Sporty Game on his grandfather s story and yes because I love Michele Norris We hit itff personally and the interview was good and fun for the audience and me as well as for Michele she said The scheduled interviewer who fell ill criticized the book for lacking context focusing American Yakuza II on the family story without really placing it in a broader historical context That sr less true but not a huge short coming I think And she. Ul family secrets that compelled her to uestion her Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders own self understanding from her father’s shooting by a Birmingham policefficer weeks after his discharge from the navy at the conclusion f 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.
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Did contextualization in her talk and interview particularly in how the election Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing of Obama precipitated the conversation within herwn family and Blood Love others Michele Norris journalist and former hostf NPR s All Things Considered among many ther accomplishments has written a tender loving honest book that is for anyone who cares about t Wow Every American should read this book It s so much than it appears to be n first look The reader expects a family memoir and that is provided along with crucial and little known American history This book contains so much elegant wisdom elouently told Further it asks us to do to be to understand I ve been listening to Michele Norris n NPR for years without knowing anything about her You won t find much that s current about her and her work in this book but you can find that nline What you ll find are precious gems for living wellAll that said this book will be loved by mature readers Immature readers r those who don t accept responsibity nor have an appreciation f the give and take f all kinds f communities including family won t get it But then I don t think Michele was writing for those audiences She has a remarkable family full f grace and they re still passing it down through generat The author examines race relations comparing her coming f age in the 70 s and her father s coming f age in the 40 s She grew up in Minneapolis Minnesota and her father grew up in the south I enjoyed her bio It was somewhat unusual in that she grew up in a middle class neighborhood and didnt seem to have financial problems Her father s story centers around his time in the service and the fact that he was shot in the leg by a policeman after his duty in WWII This really throws her for a loop and she feels a need to investigate what actually happened I thought it was a good story but would have liked her to focus n her wn story than her father s Michele Norris the cohost f NPR s All Things Considered writes about the lack f honest conversation about race in the United States Before interviewing thers Civil rights, tool of communist deception on the subject she comes to realize that herwn family had not been pen n the subject Norris discovered that her father had been shot by a white Birmingham police Cutthroat officer just a few weeks after his discharge from the Navy after serving in World War II He never mentioned the episode to either his wifer his daughter but shortly after the incident he moved from Alabama to Minnesota Norris also uncovered the story that her maternal grandmother toured the Midwest dressed as Aunt Jemima demonstrating the wonders An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims of pancake mix After reading this book I think that the most thought provoking uestion Norris asks is What s been corrosive to the dialoguen race in America The Claiming of the Shrew over the last half centuryr so things said Summoned or unsaid Her answer is that the conversations about race should begin atur wn dinner tables with ur families and then extend to ur friends and associates I have to agree. She was growing up the better to come to terms with her wn identity Along the way she discovered how her character was forged by both revelation and silence Extraordinary for Norris’s candor in examining her Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return own racial legacy and what it means to be an American The Gracef Silence is also informed by rigorous research in its evocation Dead Inside of time and place scoresf interviews with rdinary folk and wise bservations about evolving attitudes at nce encouraging and disturbing toward race in America today For its particularity and universality it is powerfully moving a tour de for.
Photo Credit Mary Noble OursMichele Norris is one of the most trusted voices in American Journalism Her voice informs engages and enlightens listeners with thoughtful interviews and in depth reporting as one of the hosts of NPR’s flagship afternoon broadcast All Things Considered Michele uses an approachable interviewing style that is at once relaxed and rigorous She’s interviewed world lead