A Storycorps tribute to American mothers, in the tradition of the bestselling Listening is an Act of Love.
StoryCorps is the most ambitious oral history project ever undertaken. Since 2003, this remarkable project has collected the life stories of more than fifty thousand Americans in all fifty states and preserved these interviews for future generations at the Library of Congress. Millions of radio listeners look forward to hearing these stories each Friday morning on NPR. In recording booths traveling across the country, StoryCorps is capturing for posterity the stories that define us and bind us together.
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. Selecting StoryCorps's most revelatory stories on the subject, Mom looks across a diversity of experience to present an entirely original portrait of motherhood.
In stories that take us from the Bronx to the rural South and beyond, we are introduced to mothers and children from all walks of life-we meet 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 up without growing apart.
Through conversations between parents and children, husbands and wives, siblings and friends, the life of the American mother unfolds. In moments of profound joy and sadness, courage and despair, struggle and triumph, we learn new truths about that most ancient and sacred of bonds-the relationship between mother and child. Arranged thematically and including an introduction from Dave Isay, Mom offers powerful lessons in the meaning of family and the expansiveness of the human heart. Mom is an appreciation of the wisdom and generosity passed between mothers and children, this generation to the next.