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Stories of Our Lives
Frank de Caro
6 x 9, 220 pages
published: 2013

ISBN 978-0-87421-893-0
paper $26.95s

ISBN 978-0-87421-894-7
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Frank de Caro is a folklorist and Professor Emeritus of English at Louisiana State University. His previous books include Louisiana Sojourns: Travelersı Tales and Literary Journeys (1998, with Rosan A. Jordan), which received the Louisiana Humanities Book Award; An Anthology of American Folktales and Legends (2008); and The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Reflections by Folklorists (2008).

Stories of Our Lives

Memory, History, Narrative

Frank de Caro

Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

Also by de Caro - The Folklore Muse

In Stories of Our Lives, Frank de Caro demonstrates the value of personal narratives in enlightening our lives and our world. We all live with legends, family sagas, and anecdotes that shape our selves and give meaning to our recollections. Featuring an array of colorful stories from de Caro's personal life and years of field research as a folklorist, the book is part memoir and part exploration of how the stories we tell, listen to, and learn play an integral role in shaping our sense of self.

De Caro's narrative includes stories within the story: among them a near-mythic capture of his golden-haired grandmother by Plains Indians, a quintessential Italian rags-to-riches grandfather, and his own experiences growing up in culturally rich 1950s New York City, living in India amid the fading glories of a former princely state, conducting field research on Day of the Dead altars in Mexico, and coming home to a battered New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Stories of Our Lives shows that our lives are interesting, and that the stories we tell---however particular to our own circumstances or trivial they may seem to others---reveal something about ourselves, our societies, our cultures, and our larger human existence.