Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Book Review: All There Is

'All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps'
Author: Dave Isay


Format: Hardback
Published: Penguin Press HC; Feb. 2012
Pages: 176
Genre: Essays; Love stories
Grade: A
Source: TLC Book Tours


Synopsis: In All There Is, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay shares stories of love and marriage from the revolutionary oral history project, revealing the many and remarkable journeys that relationships can take. In stories that carry us 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 tollbooth, a military base in Iraq, an airport lounge—and learn that the course it takes is as unpredictable as life itself.  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.


My Take: Short stories and essays aren't normally my thing but when it's about love and it's almost Valentine's Day well I just might get all mushy inside and change my mind! First, I would like to start with a little background about where the essays from this collection came to be. In case you didn't know StoryCorps "is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind." Um, seriously, how cool is that? Have any of you participated in this before? I would like to make my grandparents do this right now!

So this collection came to be from a collection of approved, recorded stories around the central theme of LOVE! All There Is is divided into three sections: Found, Lost, and Found at Last and I will tell you right now that each and every one of these sections made me cry. I swear to God up until about 3 years ago I never used to cry when reading books but lately books make me cry all of the time and this one was a doozy! Possibly because you know these stories actually happened and you are hearing them from the horses mouth some of them are so heartbreaking, I was just lying in bed, devouring this slim book in one whole night sobbing my eyes out like a big baby!

This book isn't sad, it just makes you appreciate how wonderful and precious true love actually is. My favorite stories in each of the three sections were by far those told from the older folks who had experienced life-long love. They were either talking to each other about how they had met many years ago and it had been the most wonderful and life changing thing that had ever happened to them or one of them was talking to a child/friend about their deceased spouse and how they miss them every day because they were the best partner a person could ever have. Seriously I am tearing up right now just thinking about it. I want that to be the love story I am about to embark on with Rob. 

If you are doubting the point of relationships then do yourself a favor and pick up this book!

For other opinions on this book, please check out the full TLC Tour here!

Cover Lust: It's simple and clean with little, tiny hearts floating. Not the biggest wow factor but nothing to hate either.

12 comments:

  1. Sounds nice :) Not sure yet, but still..nice

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  2. wow, this is going on me list for sure!

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    1. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

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  3. This really appeals to me -- I'm fascinated by people and really appreciate a good love story. And when it's true: all the better! Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

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    1. You're welcome! I agree, when it's a true story then it's just better!

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  4. I love anything that has to do with relationships and I am starting to really appreciate short stories a lot more than I used to.

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    1. Me too. I used to not like them at all but I am definitely warming up to them!

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  5. How cool is this! I had never heard of the company before, but I think they do a wonderful thing.

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    1. I know pretty cool company, right?

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  6. I don't normally read short stories or essays, but this sounds like the perfect read for valentines. Thanks for posting this review.

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  7. I absolutely love listening to the StoryCorp segments on our local NPR station. I have to get this! Thanks for suggesting it, Amanda!

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  8. Argh. I teared up just reading your review. I know I would love this because I love love stories! Life can be so difficult that it's nice to hear stories like this. Another book for my Nook, I think!

    Thanks for being on the tour!

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