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The 2011/2012 Book

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The Sacramento State One Book Program's selection for 2011-2012 is The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris. 

As Norris writes, she originally intended to write a book about public conversations about race in the United States, but soon found that she needed to start even closer, within her own family. Putting her investigative journalism skills to work within the context of the family, Norris discovered a hidden family history that dovetailed with the history of fraught race relations in the United States. Her journey exceeded her own expectations about the importance of carrying on these important conversations as a means to discover what the personal impact of race relations had for her family and for the nation. As she states, "I hope The Grace of Silence encourages 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?"

For further information about the book, including an excerpt and reading group guide, please see:  Michele Norris visited our campus on Thursday, October 20, 2011.


Sacramento State University's SSWD High Tech Center has confirmed that the accessible version of the One Book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir , is available for students with print disabilities through (free membership for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities) and/or through SSWD. Please contact SSWD for further questions and information at or (916) 278-6955 or (916) 278-7239 (TTY).

last updated: August 26, 2011