Listening Is an Act of Love

Listening Is an Act of Love

A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project

Introduction by:
Editor:

Format
Ebook
Price
$11.99
 
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101202630
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

From more than ten thousand interviews, StoryCorps-the largest oral history project in the nation’s history-presents a tapestry of American stories, told by the people who lived them to the people they love.

StoryCorps began with the idea that everyone has an important story to tell. And since 2003, this remarkable project has been collecting the stories of everyday Americans and preserving them for future generations. In New York City and in mobile recording booths traveling the country-from small towns to big cities, at Native American reservations and an Army post-StoryCorps is collecting the memories of Americans from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. The project represents a wondrous nationwide celebration of our shared humanity, capturing for posterity the stories that define us and bind us together.

In Listening Is an Act of Love, StoryCorps founder and legendary radio producer Dave Isay selects some of the most remarkable stories from the already vast collection and arranges them thematically into a moving portrait of American life. The voices here connect us to real people and their lives-to their experiences of profound joy, sadness, courage and despair, to good times and hard times, to good deeds and misdeeds.

To read this book is to be reminded of how rich and varied the American storybook truly is, how resistant to easy categorization or caricature. Above all, this book honors the gift each StoryCorps participant has made, from the raw material of his or her life, to the Americans who will come after. We are our history, individually and collectively, and Listening Is an Act of Love touchingly reminds us of this powerful truth.
Listening Is an Act of Love

Listening Is an Act of Love

Introduction by: Dave Isay, Editor: Dave Isay

Praise

“Each interview is a revelation.”—USA Today

“ As heartwarming as a holiday pumpkin pie and every bit as homey . . . what emerges in these compelling pages is hard-won wisdom and boundless humanity.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Table of Contents

Listening is an Act of LoveIntroduction
Author’s Note

Home and Family
Work and Dedication
Journeys
History and Struggle
Fire and Water

The Story of StoryCorps
Afterword
The Conversation of a Lifetime
Do-It-Yourself Checklist
Favorite StoryCorps Questions
Acknowledgments
StoryCorps Facilitators, 2003-06

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