Lucky for us, because both memoirs are excellent.
For more on Simon’s memoir about his family’s experience with adoption—Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other—see this interview from the September issue of BookPage.
Today we’re highlighting Norris’ The Grace of Silence, a memoir that, in the author’s words, seeks to encourage people to “think about their own complex family legacies and to consider a core question: How well do we really know the people who raised us?”
It was the brutally honest, frequently painful recollections and opinions voiced throughout ["The York Project"] that led Norris to consider her own life and background and ultimately craft her poignant and insightful memoir, The Grace of Silence. She wanted to examine the complex, thorny reality of race and class through the prism of her family. But the quest to discover these truths proved her most difficult assignment. Not only did Norris become part of the story, she uncovered and had to discuss events and situations relatives wanted kept out of the public record. The process also made her address discomforting personal issues, most notably that her journalistic training was causing problems with people she’d loved and admired for decades.
One lucky reader will get the whole story in The Grace of Silence. To enter, leave a note in the comments with either your favorite memoir OR your favorite program on NPR.