Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps
edited by Dave Isay

Penguin, 2012. ISBN 978-0-143-11880-0.
Reviewed by Trilla Pando
Posted on 12/30/2011

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Relationships

This is a book of stories about moms. True stories. Moms telling about being moms; moms remembering their own moms; son-in-laws, daughters, sons, husbands, sisters, and brothers, all recounting and/or listening to stories about moms.

This is more than a storybook about moms and by moms. It is stories of America. StoryCorps travels the country recording forty-five minute interviews about American life between family members and friends and preserving them in the Library of Congress. Many have aired on NPR (National Public Radio.) Editor Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, has skillfully condensed many of the interviews into brief mom stories. Stories that are happy, sad, thoughtful—and all genuine. Several took this mom's breath away as she thought, "I know, I know! I was there."

Yes, this is a book about moms. My guess is that usually it is a gift to a mom, but it deserves a larger audience. Anyone who has ever had a mom or who lives in America should read this book. It's our story.

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship.

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