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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594202613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594202612
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)
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About the Author

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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These stories about moms will touch your heart.
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I purchased this book, wrote a sentimental note inside, and gave it to her for Christmas.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cumming on April 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
StoryCorps is a fabulous notion. Ordinary people interview other ordinary people. Over the past seven years thousands of us have told our stories for the StoryCorps project. Every interview is recorded for posterity. One copy goes to the participants. The other copy will be preserved as part of our oral history. David Isay, the founder of StoryCorps had a brilliant notion and it just keeps growing.

We all have stories to tell. This latest collection comes out just in time for Mother's Day. These are excerpts from interviews about mothers. These stories about moms will touch your heart. Some are told by moms. Some are told by spouses, others by children. Every story is unique.

As Isay closes this collection he talks about the time he interviewed his own mother. Going into it he assumed he knew all about her, that there would not be any new revelations. Boy, was he wrong. Something about the StoryCorps Project brings out the best in participants. They remember. They reflect. They give honor. They show their grit in the face of life's obstacles. These stories are magical. Isay's mom told stories that blew him away. He was amazed.

Prepare to be delighted and amazed by this fabulous, tender collection of stories about MOM. You gotta love it~ya gotta love your mom. Happy Mother's Day.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By nfidel on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I feel really connected to the experiences presented in this book. A portrait of what it means to be a mother --the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, the glorious and the mundane-- emerges through the pages of transcribed interviews. Each one is poignant, and I'm definitely giving a copy to my mom for Mother's Day.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Proscia on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A special book which shares the wisdom, courage, and life experiences between mothers and their children. Stories in this book are those which mothers can truly relate to, gain insight, feel honored by, and find comfort in the journeys we all share as moms.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Evans on April 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Storycorps does its usual good job of giving us inspiring glimpses into people's lives.

From a view of what it is like to get estranged from your family then come back to good relations, to what it is like to raise a family with special needs children, to what it is like to come here from another county, to what it is like to adopt or be adopted, the stories are engrossing. I identified with much and was fascinated throughout. The stories are as gripping and well-told as fiction.

This book made me think a lot about my own mother and what kind of mother I could and should be. The stories often inspired me as people continued to be loving and friendly with their families throughout ups and down and sometimes great adversity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Rauch on May 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
StoryCorps' collection of interviews with everyday moms gives a great insight into what it means to be a mother. It's amazing to discover the threads that connect all moms from all walks of life. Get this as a gift for you mother. She will love it! But don't forget to add a second copy to the cart for yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. McGowan on May 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just read this book on my commute to and from work and was pleasantly surprised how reading these stories created the same spine-tingling sensation I feel when I listen to the StoryCorps stories on Morning Edition. The voices of each person in the book resonate loudly through each page and even on a crowded train I found myself smiling widely and holding back tears as I read on.

It's a great Mother's Day gift, but also a great reminder of how special our relationships with our mom's truly are. Everyone should have this book on their shelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike D. on May 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My favorite story in here is about a couple trying to conceive who find out they're actually pregnant with quintuplets. In telling it to one of the five kids, they remember wondering how they would love five kids at once. They were worried about giving equal attention, making sure no one felt like they were left out. After the birth, they find out it wasn't so hard after all.

I can't imagine raising five kids, but my grandparents know exactly what it was like. My mom was one of five, and she and her siblings are now as close as they could be. I'll be getting her a copy for Mother's Day. I hope she likes it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julee Rudolf VINE VOICE on May 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
is just one of the many momisms shared in this super short (small sized and only about 180 pages long) book containing thirty four StoryCorps interviews, divided into the subheadings, Wisdom, Devotion, and Enduring Love. The (typically two per interview) participants' oft-inspiring stories expose readers to a wide-range of mother-child relationships, situations, and experiences, and will likely elicit in them just as diverse feelings (note to Moms-have tissues handy). Each mini-biography begins with the names and ages of the participants and ends with their photograph.

StoryCorps, started in 2003, "has recorded nearly thirty thousand interviews with more than fifty thousand participants...across all fifty states...from every imaginable background." Those interested in participating in the program (to which proceeds of the book go) can see what it's all about by reading either of the two books edited by founder Dave Isay (this one and Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project, published in 2007), or checking out (and listening to interviews at) their web site. As with the prior book, listening (versus reading) seems the better way to go to experience the interviews, but book format is a handy way to get the word out on the program. Similarly good: The Mother Garden by Robin Romm, Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families edited by Andrew Carroll, and Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich.
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