All There Is (Love Stories from Storycorps)
by Dave Isay
Storycorps is an award-winning oral history project that is a featured program on NPR. The concept is this: Storycorps personnel travel around America collecting stories of Americans about their lives. Its mission is to build connections, teach the value of listening and remind us that every life matters. While doing this it is also creating an archive of the wisdom and voices of regular Americans.
This book collects several of the most touching, compelling and heart-warming stories of love and marriage. These stories 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.
The book is also a testament to the heart’s remarkable endurance. In ALL THERE IS we hear about love that survives discrimination, illness, poverty, distance—even death. In the courage of people’s passion we are reminded of the strength of the human spirit. Southfield Public Library has both the book and the audiobook. I listened to the audiobook and it had me crying tears of joy and sadness as I drove and listened to the actual recordings made by the storytellers.