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Common Book: The Grace of Silence  

A guide to the 2012-2013 Common Book for Century College
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The Grace of Silence

The Grace of Silence is a profoundly moving and deeply personal memoir by the co-host of National Public Radio’s flagship program All Things Considered.
While exploring the hidden conversation on race unfolding throughout America in the wake of President Obama’s election, Michele Norris discovered that there were painful secrets within her own family that had been willfully withheld. These revelations—from her father’s shooting by a Birmingham police officer to her maternal grandmother’s job as an itinerant Aunt Jemima in the Midwest—inspired a bracing journey into her family’s past, from her childhood home in Minneapolis to her ancestral roots in the Deep South.
The result is a rich and extraordinary family memoir—filled with stories that elegantly explore the power of silence and secrets—that boldly examines racial legacy and what it means to be an American.


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The Century Common Book Project is one of several initiatives on campus designed to engage students in the intellectual and social life of the Century College community.

Copies of The Grace of Silence can be purchased at the Century College Bookstore.  Copies are also on reserve at the Century College Library.

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