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Listening Is an Act of Love by Dave Isay
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Feb 11, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: anger, biography, essays, history, humor, language, journalism, imagination, memoir, nonfiction, oral-history, philosophy

Incredible stories of love, death, romance, heartbreak, baseball, steelmaking, rotten mangoes, the Great Depression, segregation, the Holocaust, World War II, 9-11, Hurricane Katrina, and wet woolen mittens on a radiator.

After recording over 10,000 40-minute oral histories of ordinary and extraordinary Americans, the people at StoryCorps chose 49 excerpts and put them in a book. Here's a sample, complete with animation:

About 95 percent of participants agree to allow a copy of their interview to be stored in the Library of Congress. So someday researchers will have a window on 21st-century life. The interviews selected for this book have been fact-checked, so urban legends don't sneak in.

"These interviews remind us that, contrary to what we might infer from the media, we are not just a nation of celebrity worship and consumption but, rather, a people defined by our courage, character, and heart."

The only thing I don't like about this book is the title, which sounds kinda squishy to me.

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