Dave Isay, author of Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, on tour May 2010

Posted By on March 10, 2011

We’re taking this book on a virtual tour to celebrate Mother’s Day.

About Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps

• Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (April 15, 2010)

“What I want to say to you is that sometimes life catches you by surprise and you feel unequipped to handle what it brings you, but every bit of life you’ve lived before that moment equips you to live through it. That’s what I would give to you.” -Fanni Victoria Green-Lemons, in conversation with her daughter, Danyealah Green-Lemons

In Mom, Dave Isay-StoryCorps’s founder and the editor of the project’s bestselling collection, Listening Is an Act of Love-presents a celebration of American mothers. Featuring StoryCorps’s most revelatory stories on the subject, Mom looks across a diversity of experience to present an entirely original portrait of motherhood.

Through conversations between parents and children, husbands and wives, siblings and friends, the life of the American mother unfolds. In stories that take us from the woods of New Hampshire to urban Detroit and beyond, we meet mothers and children from all walks of life-an immigrant mother instilling in her children the importance of education, adult children caring for an elderly parent, a woman remembering the sound of her mother’s laugh, and mothers and children of all ages learning to grow into new roles over time. Visiting families in moments of profound joy and sadness, courage and despair, struggle and triumph, we learn new truths about that most primal and sacred of bonds-the relationship between mother and child.

With this vital contribution to the American storybook, StoryCorps has created a tribute to mothers that honors the wealth of our national experience. An appreciation of the wisdom and generosity passed between mothers and children, this generation to the next, Mom offers powerful lessons in the meaning of family and the expansiveness of the human heart.

About Dave Isay

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and its parent company, Sound Portraits Productions. Over the past two decades his radio documentary work has won nearly every award in broadcasting, including five Peabody awards. Dave has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a United States Artists Fellowship. He is the author (or coauthor) of four books based on Sound Portraits radio stories, including Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago and Flophouse. He and his wife, Jennifer Gonnerman, live in Brooklyn.

Dave Isay’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, May 2nd:

Reviews from the Heart


Book Dads

A Library of My Own

Tuesday, May 3rd:

Library of Clean Reads

Wednesday, May 4th:

Juggling Life

A Utah Mom’s Life

Random Thoughts of a Lutheran Geek

Thursday, May 5th:

A Chick Who Reads

Book Clutter

Book Nut

Friday, May 6th:

Deb’s Book Bag

Suko’s Notebook

One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books

Tuesday, May 10th

In the Next Room

Thursday, May 26th

Silver and Grace



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