A Storycorps tribute to American mothers, in the tradition of the bestselling Listening is an Act of Love. StoryCorps is the most ambitious oral history project ever undertaken. Since 2003, this remarkable project has collected the life stories of more than fifty thousand Americans in all fifty states and preserved these interviews for future generations at the Library of Congress. Millions of radio listeners look forward to hearing these stories each Friday morning on NPR. In recording booths traveling across the country, StoryCorps is capturing for posterity the stories that define us and bind us together. In Mom, Dave Isay-StoryCorps's founder and the editor of the project's bestselling collection, Listening Is an Act of Love- presents a celebration of American mothers. Selecting StoryCorps's most revelatory stories on the subject, Momlooks across a diversity of experience to present an entirely original portrait of motherhood. In stories that take us from the Bronx to the rural South and beyond, we are introduced to mothers and children from all walks of life-we meet an immigrant mother instilling in her children the importance of education, adult children caring for an elderly parent, a woman remembering the sound of her mother's laugh, and mothers and children of all ages learning to grow up without growing apart.
In time for Mother's Day, Isay brings a satisfying second collection of StoryCorps selections after the bestselling Listening Is an Act of Love. Throughout 30,000 recorded interviews by everyday Americans are numerous memories of parents, and among the many mothers who share their stories in this collection are mothers of every variety-single, working, stay-at-home, with one child or a dozen. A couple describe an unexpected camaraderie between their mothers: one American, the other Ethiopian: "My mom would speak in English, and your mom would speak in Amharic, and then they'd laugh and throw their hands up." A mother of 12 tells her youngest, age 12, about her oldest, a soldier killed in Iraq. Reunited at age 60 with the son she reluctantly gave away, Hilory Boucher tells him what happened as she rode away from a Boston home for unwed mothers: "You were handed off to a social worker at a stop on the Merritt Parkway, with your pink bunny and your layette." Readers will encounter an emotional range from heart-wrenching to inspirational in these compelling maternal accounts. Photos. (May) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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April 14, 2010
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