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All there is: love stories from Storycorps edited by Dave Isay

People’s stories are compelling, and nowhere is that more evident than in the work of Storycorps, 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 their lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.  The project has also publishes thematic books, and my recent fave is All there is: love stories from Storycorps, edited by Dave Isay.  These heartwarming vignettes are organized around ‘love found’, ‘love lost’…and ‘found at last’.  Each excerpt is about 4 pages long and includes a photo of the couple.  The book’s typeface makes it easy to read and I can conceive of many uses for the book beyond individual reading.  Since there’s just a wealth of life-lessons herein, All there is would be great to use with pre-marital couples in group settings or among friends to spark peoples’ recollections of love in their lives.  It would be great for couples to read aloud together.  Click here, for other Storycorps titles owned by TCPL.

Amy P.

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