the grace of silence

Michele Norris’ new book reveals “The Grace of Silence”

At first, Michele Norris didn’t think her revelatory, heart-piercing book, “The Grace of Silence,” would get so personal. The co-host of “All Things Considered” presumed that writing about race would extend the work she had done in 2008 for a multipart National Public Radio series that asked residents of York, Pa., straightforward questions. “Do white Americans underestimate discrimination? Do black people make too much of it? How would the country be different if led by a black man?”

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About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

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