This title follows last year's Audie® Award-winning, New York Times best-selling collection of the same name. Both derive from the National Public Radio® (NPR) show, which in turn derives from a 1950s Edward R. Murrow-hosted radio broadcast. Here, we again hear from a range of essayists (everyone from a diner waitress to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright) about their personal credos. Five-time Peabody® Award-winning broadcast journalist Jay Allison, host of the NPR show, introduces the readings, each of which, though unique in substance and delivery, manages to meld into a harmonious whole-no small feat in sound engineering. Enthusiastically recommended for libraries where the first title did well.
“In the second collection derived from the extraordinarily popular and influential National Public Radio program This I Believe, pithy, personal, and stealthily affecting essays grapple with life's big questions from myriad perspectives and with refreshingly positive energy....Infused with gratitude and hope, these declarations are at once grounding and uplifting.” Booklist
“By turns moving, thoughtful, cheering and heartbreaking, in an age of irony these essays offer a little something to believe in” St. Petersburg Times
“This book opens with a formidable challenge: 'What would you say in five hundred words to capture a core principle that guides your life?' Before you try to answer that question, you might want to read some of the 75 essays collected in This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. Many will leave you breathless. And those that don't astonish may simply humble you . . . Many of these speakers articulate beliefs 'forged in hardship'–sometimes horrific experiences of tragedy, illness, or loss. Yet over and again they affirm the good to be gleaned–by those willing to recognize it–from the largest and the smallest lessons of human experience . . . The book's purpose, says Allison, is to 'counter . . . divisiveness' and 'raise a flag for thoughtfulness.' These essays do that but they also do something more: They speak to the best in all of us and leave us in awe of the unheralded virtue that surrounds us every day.” Marjorie Kehe, The Christian Science Monitor
“This I Believe II features 75 pithy essays by authors young and old, famous and unknown, and engaged in every walk of life. In 'The Right to Be Fully American,' Pakistani-American Muslim attorney Yasir Billoo describes the anguish of being made to feel like a foreigner in your homeland, while virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma expounds the benefits of cross-fertilizing cultures, both in life and in music. In 'The Faith That Brings Me Peace,' Betsy Chalmers describes how the implicit belief in marital faithfulness has enabled her to remain committed to her 30-year marriage to a convicted criminal; in 'God is God Because He Remembers,' Elie Wiesel puts the value of shared history into stark perspective. In the foreword, co-producer Jay Allison describes This I Believe as 'a snapshot of the convictions of our age.' Even a preliminary reading of the book will reveal that these varied convictions arise from a diverse range and depth of experiences.” Aisha Motlani, Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)