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Listening Is an Act of Love

A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project

by Dave Isay

Listening Is an Act of Love by Dave Isay
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2007
    304 pages
    Genre: Short Stories/Essays

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From more than ten thousand interviews, StoryCorps - the largest oral history project in the nation's history - presents a tapestry of American stories, told by the people who lived them to the people they love.

StoryCorps began with the idea that everyone has an important story to tell. And since 2003, this remarkable project has been collecting the stories of everyday Americans and preserving them for future generations. In New York City and in mobile recording booths traveling the country-from small towns to big cities, at Native American reservations and an Army post-StoryCorps is collecting the memories of Americans from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. The project represents a wondrous nationwide celebration of our shared humanity, capturing for posterity the stories that define us and bind us together.

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"This book is a collection of the most compelling excerpts from more than 10,000 interviews recorded .... And they are compelling .... As simple stories of humanity, each one has its own potency, with themes of family, love, dedication and struggle." - Publishers Weekly.

"Dave Isay's vision of collecting the everyday stories of Americans is so simple and yet so powerful. Listening Is an Act of Love will make you laugh, cry and think. These stories come from the souls of individual Americans. Collectively, they are who we are as a people. You cannot read this book without feeling proud of your country." -Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.

"This book is absolutely remarkable. Listening is an Act of Love is history in the richest sense of the word, the kind that makes people feel like they count. It's a celebration of the lives of the uncelebrated. In our world today people feel helpless, but once they speak of their lives they become alive! This is what our country is all about. Never has a book been more timely or necessary." - Studs Terkel.

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