Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps

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Dave Isay
Penguin, Apr 15, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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"What I want to say to you is that sometimes life catches you by surprise and you feel unequipped to handle what it brings you, but every bit of life you've lived before that moment equips you to live through it. That's what I would give to you." -Fanni Victoria Green-Lemons, in conversation with her daughter, Danyealah Green-Lemons

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. Featuring StoryCorps's most revelatory stories on the subject, Mom looks across a diversity of experience to present an entirely original portrait of motherhood.

Through conversations between parents and children, husbands and wives, siblings and friends, the life of the American mother unfolds. In stories that take us from the woods of New Hampshire to urban Detroit and beyond, we meet mothers and children from all walks of life-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 into new roles over time. Visiting families in moments of profound joy and sadness, courage and despair, struggle and triumph, we learn new truths about that most primal and sacred of bonds-the relationship between mother and child.

With this vital contribution to the American storybook, StoryCorps has created a tribute to mothers that honors the wealth of our national experience. An appreciation of the wisdom and generosity passed between mothers and children, this generation to the next, Mom offers powerful lessons in the meaning of family and the expansiveness of the human heart.

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User Review  - Courtney Bayer - Goodreads

I love these StoryCorps collections, and "Mom" was my favorite so far. Several of the stories resonated with me. This would be a thoughtful gift for any mom in your life who enjoys reading. Add a trip to a StoryCorps booth for an interview and create a lasting memory. Read full review

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User Review  - Oliviatheblue - Goodreads

I love these books they always make me emotional and very grateful. Read full review


VALERIE JO EGZIBHER 62 speaks with her husband HAGOS
ARLENE FREIMAN 58 talks to her daughter LESLEY FREIMAN 26
PAM PISNER 54 AND DAN PISNER 55 talk to their daughter SHIRA

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About the author (2010)

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and its parent company, Sound Portraits Productions. Over the past two decades his radio documentary work has won nearly every award in broadcasting, including five Peabody awards. Dave has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a United States Artists Fellowship. He is the author (or coauthor) of four books based on Sound Portraits radio stories, including Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago and Flophouse. He and his wife, Jennifer Gonnerman, live in Brooklyn.

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