Another perspective on life stories and memories caught my attention this morning and I wanted to pass it along.
I just finished listening to a moving story by Michele Norris of NPR, recounting memories of her father as she sought to make sense of them–in her new book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir.
It was not until some years after his death the she accidentally stumbled upon a piece of information that raised more questions for her, about his life and experiences as a Black man in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1940s, than it answered. She took up the challenge that those questions begged and the result was more than a book. It was a new way of understanding her own life, including what, when, and how to tell her own children the family stories.
Listen to a brief audio clip of Norris reading from her book, The Grace of Silence.
I am going to read this book and would urge any of you interested in the power of family stories, to do the same.