I Hear Voices: A Memoir of Love, Death, and the Radio by Jean FeracaI Hear Voices: A Memoir of Love, Death, and the Radio by Jean Feraca

I Hear Voices: A Memoir of Love, Death, and the Radio

byJean Feraca

Paperback | September 19, 2011

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Jean Feraca’s road to self-fulfillment has been as quirky and demanding as the characters in her incredible memoir. A veteran of several decades of public radio broadcasting, Feraca is also a writer and a poet. She is a talk show host beloved for her unique mixture of the humanities, poetry, and journalism, and is the creator of the pioneering international cultural affairs radio program Here on Earth: Radio without Borders.
    In this searing memoir, Feraca traces her own emergence. She pulls back the curtain on her private life, revealing unforgettable portraits of the characters in her brawling Italian-American family: Jenny, the grandmother, the devil woman who threw Casey Stengel down an excavation pit; Dolly, the mother, a cross between Long John Silver and the Wife of Bath, who in battling mental illness becomes the scourge of a Lutheran nursing home; and Stephen, the brilliant but troubled older brother, an anthropologist adopted by a Sioux tribe. In a new chapter that reinforces and ties together the book’s exploration of the multiple forms of love, Jean introduces us to Roger, a Wildman and her husband’s best friend with whom she, too, develops an extraordinary intimacy. A selection of fifteen of Feraca’s poems add counterpoint to her engaging prose.

Jean Feraca, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Distinguished Senior Broadcaster, is host and executive producer of Here on Earth: Radio without Borders. She won an Ohio State and Gabriel Award for her Women of Spirit radio series on female leaders in the early Christian Church, and the National Telemedia Council’s Distinguished Media Award for ...
Title:I Hear Voices: A Memoir of Love, Death, and the RadioFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:September 19, 2011Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029928574X

ISBN - 13:9780299285746

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Table of Contents


1 My Brother/The Other

    the mystery at the beginning

2 "Dolly"

    the mystery at the end

3 Get Thee to  a Winery

    the mystery of love

4 Why I Wore Aunt Tootsie's Nightgown

    everything most precious

5 Caves

    art . . . if it be noble

6 A North American in the Amazon

    labor . . . if it be worthy

7 A Big Enough God

    thought . . . if it be inspired

8 Roger and Me, Too

9 Selected Poems, 1970–2002

Editorial Reviews

“Blending the spiritual and the profane, Feraca is beguiling.”—Publishers Weekly