All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps

All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps

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by Dave Isay
     
 

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A celebration of love from StoryCorps.

In All There Is, founder Dave Isay shares stories of love and marriage from the revolutionary oral history project, revealing the many and remarkable paths that relationships can take.

From the excitement and anticipation of courtship to the deep connection of lifelong commitment, we discover that love is

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A celebration of love from StoryCorps.

In All There Is, founder Dave Isay shares stories of love and marriage from the revolutionary oral history project, revealing the many and remarkable paths that relationships can take.

From the excitement and anticipation of courtship to the deep connection of lifelong commitment, we discover that love is found in the most unexpected of places-a New York toll booth, a military base in Iraq, an airport lounge. As the storytellers in this book start careers, build homes, and raise families, we witness the life-affirming joy of partnership, the comfort of shared sorrows, and profound gratitude in the face of loss.

These stories are also testament to love's remarkable endurance. Love survives discrimination, illness, poverty, time-even death. In the courage of people's passion we are reminded of the strength and resilience of the human spirit and its enduring capacity to begin anew. This powerful collection bears witness to real love, in its many varied forms, enriching our understanding of that most magical feeling.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this touching, and often heartbreaking, collection drawn from the oral history project StoryCorps, participants young and old recount what love means to them. In the three sections—“Found,” “Lost,” and “Found at Last”—standouts include two soldiers stationed in Iraq reminiscing about a proposal amid mortar fire; a lesbian couple celebrating their legal marriage in Massachusetts; a couple coping with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis; and a 9/11 widow, who later died in a plane crash, recalling her husband’s last phone call. Love stories for people who don’t read love stories. (Feb.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"These testaments of love reveal themselves as profound literature on a par with that of even the grandest poet or novelist. ALL THERE IS is a Valentine's Day gift more meaningful than any box of chocolates."
THE BOSTON GLOBE
“[A] collection of gems … ALL THERE IS made me verklempt a ridiculous amount of times.”
THE HUFFINGTON POST
“[A] heart-poundingly good book…there's just one word for the book: lovely.”
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
“In reminding us what really matters most, ALL THERE IS is sure to spark renewed reassessments of readers’ own relationships and priorities.”
Kirkus Reviews
A brief compilation of true love stories pulled from the StoryCorps oral history project. Peabody and MacArthur winner Isay (Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, 2010, etc.) presents readers with another compelling collection of stories centered on love and marriage. In more than 30 touching personal accounts, interviewees talk of falling in love, remembering a lost loved one or finding love when they felt it was no longer possible to love or be loved. Covering long-term relationships and newlyweds, gay and straight partners and long-distance interracial bonds formed via e-mails and letters, the devotion to another person continues despite wars, illness and death. A look, a touch, a smile, the color of someone's hair—these are the tiny details that we remember because "love is all there is…when you take your last breath you remember the people you love, how much love you inspired, and how much love you gave." Full of warmth and affection, friendship and tenderness, the overall feeling of the collection is summed up by contributor Sonya, who states, "there's nobody I'd rather travel through life with than you." These stories, writes Isay, "speak to the enduring and redemptive power of love…In a culture that often feels consumed by all that's phony or famous, these stories give me hope." More stories would have been welcome, but these myriad forms of love will provoke readers to contemplate their own love lives with a new sense of depth.
From the Publisher
“[A] perfect little collection . . . All There Is is a Valentine’s Day gift more meaningful than any box of chocolates.” — Entertainment Weekly

“[A] collection of gems . . . All There Is made me verklempt a ridiculous amount of times.” — The Boston Globe

“Heart-poundingly good . . . There's just one word for the book: lovely.” — The Huffington Post

“In reminding us what really matters most, All There Is is sure to spark renewed reassessments of readers’ own relationships and priorities.”
The Christian Science Monitor

Entertainment Weekly
“[A] perfect little collection . . . All There Is is a Valentine’s Day gift more meaningful than any box of chocolates.”
USA Today
“Remarkable love stories.”
USA Today
The Boston Globe
“[A] collection of gems . . . All There Is made me verklempt a ridiculous amount of times.”
The Huffington Post
“Heart-poundingly good . . . There's just one word for the book: lovely.”
The Christian Science Monitor
“In reminding us what really matters most, All There Is is sure to spark renewed reassessments of readers’ own relationships and priorities.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594203213
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/02/2012
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including five Peabody awards and a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including two StoryCorps books: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007) and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps (2010)-both New York Times bestsellers.

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All There Is 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from more than 70,000 participants, each week airing one of NPR's Morning Edition. Love is perhaps StoryCorp's greatest theme, present in almost every interview and All There Is focuses on romantic love, collecting stories from around the country into three broad categories: Love Found, Love Lost, and Love Found At Last. The touching personal narratives cover the widest range of couples - lifelong partners and newlyweds, long-distance relationships forged by e-mails and letters, and love stories that reach across wars, illness, and even death. Here are some of the stories you will find within the covers of All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps by Dave Isay: Michael Fazio and Sonya Baker in Murray, Kentucky. Michael was a toll collector when he caught Sonya's eye during her regular commute. One day she asked Michael out to dinner, and they've traveled through life together ever since. Leroy Morgan remembers his late wife, Vivian and they time they read a sign that said Successful Marrige that neither would ever forget that would contain six points to always to say to your wife or husband. Their marriage lasted fifty-three years, two months and five days and if he's able to enter into the pearly gates of heaven, Leroy will walk all over God's heaven until he finds Vivian. The first thing he plans on doing is asking her to marry him all over again. My all time favorite was a story from Beverly Eckert, 55 who remembers her husband Sean Rooney and that last phone call she shared with him as he remained in the South Tower on the morning of September 11th, trapped on the 105th floor and tried in vain to escape but was not able. It would be a phone call she would never forget and also her life would be claimed as well in a plane crash in 2009. If you are a romantic at heart or simply love great love stories that show love can outlast even death, then this is simply the collection of stories for you. I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and fell in love over and over again. There were stories simply too good that once I finished them, I had to read them out loud to my husband. Those were the "Ah moments in our day." I can't recommend this book enough as a great collection for hopeful romantics, and a great anniversary or wedding gift. With that I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short stories from the StoryCorps. A great book. The whole series of these books will bring tears to your eyes at least once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started it tonight and finished it tonight. What a great read about love,loss,hope and finding love when you werent even looking. Must take some of these words of advice and use them in my life.
Of_Books_and_Birds More than 1 year ago
I really love all the StoryCorps books. These are real lives and thoughts and stories of real people. What better way to preserve history than through every day people in their own words? In this book they focus on stories of love, enduring love... and each one captures you in a way that reminds you how important love is in our lives!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading the love stories in this collection. Most were very moving, all of them were interesting and touching. I am looking forward to reading other collections of stories from StoryCorps. I find the whole concept of Story Corps intrguing, and would be interested in locating a recording booth near my location, so that I too may share some stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some are better than others, but the beauty of this book is the honest and unvarnished interviews about love--lost and found. True stories that really are about what makes the world go round.
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