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The Grace of Silence - A Memoir

Michele Norris

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.

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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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.

Language:

English

Length:

5h 51m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:58


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:07


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:45


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:55


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:03


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:40


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:57


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:32


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:00


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:24


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:53


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:27


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:05


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

02:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:41


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:50


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:11


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:48


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:58


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:29


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:37


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:51


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:59


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:25


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:08


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:34


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:26


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:06


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:22


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:56


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:26


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:45


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:47


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:20


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:09


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:43


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:00


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:40


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:15


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

01:24