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Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and…

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by Dave Isay

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Two facts must be served up right from the start -- in the interest of full disclosure. First, I'm a news director at a public radio station in Western New York that airs StoryCorps segments each week. Second, a team of StoryCorps facilitators visited our region this autumn (2016) and parked its distinctive Airstream mobile recording studio on Buffalo's emerging downtown waterfront. Having said that, I'm convinced that I would have enjoyed this touching anthology even without my direct connections to the StoryCorps project. The characters we meet are genuine, colorful and insightful. Some stories will undoubtedly bring a tear to your eye. If you've been a regular StoryCorps listener, a few of the vignettes will ring familiar. But like any great story, you'll likely enjoy the repeat performances. ( )
  brianinbuffalo | Nov 19, 2016 |
As an avid listener to StoryCorps, I recognized a fair amount of the stories.

It was a quick read, and made me smile, but honestly, it wasn't as impactful to me as when I hear them on the radio. ( )
  owlbeyourfriend | Sep 2, 2014 |
Life got you down? Look no further than this little collection of true stories recorded in the last ten years by Storycorps. I guarantee you will feel lifted up by the experiences of these folks. ( )
  debnance | Jun 27, 2014 |
Sounds boring! Those were my husband’s exact words when I pulled out this CD to listen to on a trip into Atlanta one day. Withing minutes with both had tears in our eyes and smiles on our faces (yes, both at the same time) and we were entranced. The stories shared on this CD and collected by StoryCorps are so moving, so HUMAN that the listener feels they are having a shared experience. It’s oral history about the rest of us. Not the rich and famous. Just you and me and everyone. We all have a story to tell, and we all deserve to be heard. ( )
  TheLoopyLibrarian | Feb 11, 2014 |
Review first posted on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2014/01/ties-that-bind-stories-of-love.htm...

Before reading this book, I was not familiar with the StoryCorps project . I am so glad that I read the book and learned more. I will now follow the project and perhaps, at some point, be a part of it.

The StoryCorps project began in New York City in 2003. It is a nonprofit whose mission is "to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives." In ten years, almost 50,000 interviews have been recorded and preserved as a part of our history - "an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations".

The original idea was to create a soundproof booth in which, with the assistance of a facilitator, you can interview someone important in your life. At the end of the session, the participants get a CD with the recorded interview, and StoryCorps submits a copy for preservation to the Library of Congress. This means that generations later, someone could hear the words of their ancestors.

Just reading that description brings tears to my eyes. My father passed away a number of years ago, and I would have loved to have that memory of him. I have many memories, but I often find myself wondering what he would have thought about something, and as I get older and more understanding, wondering how he made it through some things in his life. Now, having learned of the idea, I hope to use it to capture the legacy of the people important in my life.

This is not the first book to come out of this project, but I have not yet read the others. I now probably will. This book focuses on stories of people we call family - whether born or created through love. The individual interviews are only a couple of pages long. They don't tell a complete story because that is not the intent. They capture a conversation with a lifetime behind it.

Some touched me more than other because of where I am in my life and my own experiences. All left me thinking that this is a memory I want to one day capture for own life. A beautiful glimpse into an amazing project.

*** Reviewed for the GoodReads First Reads program *** ( )
  njmom3 | Jan 12, 2014 |
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"StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the revolutionary oral history projects rich archives, collecting conversations that celebrate the power of the human bond and capture the moment at which individuals become family. Between blood relations, friends, coworkers, and neighbors, in the most trying circumstances and in the unlikeliest of places, enduring connections are formed and lives are forever changed"--Dust jacket flap.… (more)

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