All There Is

All There Is

Love Stories from Storycorps

By Dave Isay

Penguin Press, Hardcover, 9781594203213, 176pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2012

In ALL THERE, 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.
These stories are also testament to the heart's remarkable endurance. In ALL THERE IS we encounter love that survives discrimination, illness, poverty, distance even death. In the courage of people's passion we are reminded of the strength and resilience of the human spirit. This powerful collection bares witness to real love, in its many varied forms, enriching our understanding of that most magical feeling.

About the Author
Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and its parent company, Sound Portraits Productions. Over the past two decades his radio documentary work has won nearly every award in broadcasting, including four Peabody awards, two RFK awards, and two Livingston awards. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is the author or coauthor of four books, including "Holding On," "Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago," and "Flophouse: Life on the Bowery,"

Saturday, Feb 11, 2012

If Dave Isay has learned one thing from editing his new book of StoryCorps conversations it's this: "No one should ever, ever give up hope on love," he says. "It seems like it's not in the cards for people, and then it just sneaks up behind you." More at

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