All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps

Dave Isay, With
Dave Isay. Penguin Press, $24.95 (176p) ISBN 978-1-59420-321-3
Reviewed on: 11/07/2011
Release date: 02/02/2012
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.)
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