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Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps [Kindle Edition]

Dave Isay
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A celebration of the relationships that bring us strength, purpose, and joy

Ties That Bind honors the people who nourish and strengthen us. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the revolutionary oral history project’s rich archives, collecting conversations that celebrate the power of the human bond and capture the moment at which individuals become family. Between blood relations, friends, coworkers, and neighbors, in the most trying circumstances and in the unlikeliest of places, enduring connections are formed and lives are forever changed.

The stories shared in Ties That Bind reveal our need to reach out, to support, and to share life’s burdens and joys. We meet two brothers, separately cast out by their parents, who reconnect and rebuild a new family around each other. We encounter unexpected joy: A gay woman reveals to her beloved granddaughter that she grew up believing that family was a happiness she would never be able to experience. We witness lifechanging friendship: An Iraq war veteran recalls his wartime bond with two local children and how his relationship with his wife helped him overcome the trauma of losing them.

Against unspeakable odds, at their most desperate moments, the individuals we meet in Ties That Bind find their way to one another, discovering hope and healing. Commemorating ten years of StoryCorps, the conversations collected in Ties That Bind are a testament to the transformational power of listening.

Editorial Reviews


“[A] fascinating and inspiring set of interviews and discussions. . . . Audio edition boasts strong readings of the tales.”
      —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

DAVE ISAY is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including five Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” fellowship. He is the author/editor of four books including Listening Is an Act of Love, a New York Times bestseller.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2211 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1594205175
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (October 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C5R778E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! November 12, 2013
By Karina
StoryCorps is an amazing organization that truly gives a voice to the voiceless, and this book is full of fantastic stories from everyday people with stories that often go unheard and under-appreciated. Reading these stories will make you cry and laugh, and they will impart a sense of curiosity about the world around you once you realize that every single person has an important story to tell--whether it's the young single father raising a baby with the help of his basketball team, or the man who cooks an annual Thanksgiving dinner for people who otherwise have no one to spend the holiday with.

I definitely recommend reading this book and recording your own story with StoryCorps! It's truly a special organization.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not nearly as good as on NPR - disappointing! December 25, 2013
After hearing a number of these stories broadcast on NPR, I was really looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately the stories in the book are such an abbreviated version of the original, so much so, that the book is a big disappointment. Sure the stories themselves are heartfelt, but the power of the original dialog is lost - too much editing to fit the book format! For this reason, I do NOT recommend this book. Very unfortunate given the amazing premise behind StoryCorps. Best to listen to these captivating stories online - worth your time! It will renew your faith in humanity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunities January 16, 2014
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Not like the NPR! With the exception of a vary few, I thought this boring. I've heard the series and found it more interesting and arresting. Perhaps the selection could have been better selected
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting June 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Life got you down? Look no further than this little collection of true stories recorded in the last ten years by Storycorps. I guarantee you will feel lifted up by the experiences of these folks.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read them and weep--or laugh November 23, 2013
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Another wonderful collection of conversational gems from StoryCorps. Reminiscences of old friends and relatives, they are all moving and poignant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book July 10, 2014
By Mary R.
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I bought this as a Christmas present and I got rave reviews on it. I would recommend this to anyone who like Dave Isay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great collection of stories June 26, 2014
By J. D.
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading this book as I was familiar with StoryCorps stories heard on NPR. I looked forward to hearing them every Friday on Morning Edition. Reading this book was like visiting with an old friend-it provided great comfort and we had lots of history between us. I recommend this book to anyone who values the power of the spoken word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, touching stories April 10, 2014
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Highly recommend this read. Very humanizing and touching how personal the stories are of normal, everyday people. Reminds us all that there is much going in each person's life and to take the time to be kind when we can.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Take advantage of this great program!
Well written, well organized description and examples of a unique and timeless program. Kudos to those who developed Story Corps....will be invaluable to many.
Published 2 days ago by Sandy Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed !
Published 12 days ago by Kathie G.
5.0 out of 5 stars We listen to it on a car ride to see ...
We listen to it on a car ride to see our kids the stories were so moving but one came on that must have hit a nerve and we both started crying we had to pull over my husband has... Read more
Published 2 months ago by luckypenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Wish there was a little bit more to each story. I know the recordings are 45 minutes.
Published 3 months ago by L. Himes
5.0 out of 5 stars NPR stories
The stories are fabulous, especially the ones that didn't make it to the radio. Many of the stories are tear jerkers.
Published 8 months ago by carmen oostburgsanz
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This is an amazing book. Read it if you're feeling sorry for yourself or need a reminder of what's good in this world and the tremendous courage and compassion to be found in the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Smita Patel
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I ordered it as a gift to give someone who enjoys short stories that are positive in outlook. This book has sunshine in it!
Published 9 months ago by Joy Kukome
4.0 out of 5 stars Great quick read
Stories are inspiring and amazing. It is wonderful to hear about ordinary people leading extraordinary lives. Did not want it to end.
Published 10 months ago by Holly Flater
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, easy read..
Great stories. Inspirational. Very touching true conversations that will melt your heart. My husband listens to this on the radio and he enjoyed this book and he isn't much of a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Linda
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