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Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps Hardcover – October 17, 2013

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Frank Bruni, The New York Times:
“As good as we humans are at division, we’re better still at connection. Ties That Bind shows this again and again.”

Publishers Weekly:
“A testimony to the power of narrative and vision....The collection features an astonishing range of voices, and the stories recount exceptional events in the lives of 'noncelebrated' people. As a result of the participants’ refreshing lack of cynicism, the book is appealingly down-to-earth and, ultimately, moving. The collection successfully fulfills its mission: to make readers feel 'more connected, awake, and alive.'"

About the Author

DAVE ISAY is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including three StoryCorps books: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007), Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps (2010), and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps (2012)—all New York Times bestsellers. Dave is also an Executive Producer of StoryCorps Animated Shorts, as seen on the PBS documentary series, POV. StoryCorps' first-ever animated special, Listening Is an Act of Love, will premiere Thanksgiving night on PBS at 9/8c.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press (October 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594205175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594205170
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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Sounds boring! Those were my husband’s exact words when I pulled out this CD to listen to on a trip into Atlanta one day. Withing minutes with both had tears in our eyes and smiles on our faces (yes, both at the same time) and we were entranced. The stories shared on this CD and collected by StoryCorps are so moving, so HUMAN that the listener feels they are having a shared experience. It’s oral history about the rest of us. Not the rich and famous. Just you and me and everyone. We all have a story to tell, and we all deserve to be heard.
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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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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 cryed 4 x in the 38 years we have been married we both think this is a must have everyone needs to see people in such human terms it makes you feel connected
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I love this series on NPR, and was looking forward to the book, so I got it on my kindle. I wasn't disappointed! The stories are always very heartwarming and interesting on the radio, and they translated perfectly to the book. I probably shouldn't have given it only 4 stars, but it seemed so short! I wish only that it had been a lot longer...
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StoryCore is a treasure in and of itself. To have a compilation is a real gift. I both gave and received these stories this year. I try to pass on the book and it's availability because it is a real antidote to whatever despair one might feel, given the international and domestic news.
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