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All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,863 Ratings  ·  369 Reviews
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 p
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Hardcover, 157 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Penguin Press
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Kipahni
My favorite part of When Harry met Sally (besides THE CAFE scene) is when there are the couples sitting on the couch telling their "how we met" stories.

This book of such stories. Heartbreaking, beautiful, honest and romantic. A perfect little book.

One of my favorite questions to ask people besides 'what is your passion' is how did you meet your love? You can tell a lot about a couple by how they recall their love story. Some people give very short factual "we met in highschool and got married 3
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Julie - Book Hooked Blog
Feb 03, 2012 Julie - Book Hooked Blog rated it it was amazing
I've been on a streak of really great books lately - and this is definitely one of them. It's a collection of StoryCorps stories relating to love in three parts: love found, love lost, and love regained. If you aren't familiar with StoryCorps, it's a nationwide movement to record the stories of everyday people. If StoryCorps is in your town, you make an appointment and bring someone with you and ask them to tell you their story. The stories are recorded and you get a copy and a copy goes to Stor ...more
Doug Bradshaw
May 29, 2012 Doug Bradshaw rated it it was ok
I'll remind you that two stars means that "it was OK." There is something a little bit interesting about each of the stories in this little book: how a couple met, how one of the partners died (in one episode she is at home talking to him while he is on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center knowing he is going to die), etc. But in general, it was just a tad better than reading the obituaries on Sunday. I do like what Storycorps is doing and I think it has a place. But it wasn't like reading ...more
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Feb 08, 2012 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: auto/biography lovers
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: TLC Book Tours
Original review posted on Layers of Thought. I give this book a 4.5 stars.

Do you want to read about real love? This is it, a special and endearing non fiction book which contains snippets of “real” lover’s conversations. A slim little book, it transcends gender, religion, and more… It will make you smile, giggle and shed bittersweet tears.

All There Is is a heart warming and heart breaking true story collection, containing transcriptions of many short conversations about couples’ love for each ot
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Nancy
Jan 20, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I love the concept of this book! It's a company that sets up shop and ordinary people go into a booth where with another person and a moderator. They interview one another or just tell their story. A prompt might be: If you have only 45 minutes to live, what legacy would you leave? They tell their stories of love, loss, heartbreak, and happiness. The stories run the gamut of love; from young marriages, to people in their 90's, those who survived WWII, gay couples, those who lost loved ones durin ...more
Stacie
Jun 18, 2012 Stacie rated it really liked it
My favorite part of this book - and anytime I read StoryCorps interviews - is seeing if the picture of the storytellers I've painted in my head matches the image at the end of the interview. Oftentimes, it's completely off, which acts as a great reminder not to judge a book by its cover - and that everyone has a story.

This collection of interviews surrounding the theme of love gives you hope that there's still magic in the universe.
Evan
Mar 05, 2012 Evan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should have known better after listening to "Listening is an Act of Love" on audiobook that this one would move me to tears on the highway as well! What a great collection of StoryCorps stories highlighting the lows and heights of love, both current and lost. Highly recommended.

And I apologize to everyone else heading eastbound on I-70 heading toward Zanesville two weeks ago!
Laura
Jul 27, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is fantastic. It's divided into three parts - found, lost, and found at last. The lost stories broke me in two - consider yourself warned! It's a joy to read.
Hannah Jane
Oct 20, 2015 Hannah Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational, 600s
Reading All There Is is like being engulfed in a giant bouquet of love in all its vast intricacies. While there are plenty of heartwarming, kissy-face snippets in this StoryCorps gem, many stories are edged with bittersweet moments of heartache, regret and loss.

StoryCorps is “a very simple idea. You make an appointment to bring in anyone you want to honor by listening. When you arrive at the booth you’re met by a StoryCorps facilitator who takes you inside and sits you across a small table from
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Brittany
Mar 06, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Stories from Story Corps kept popping up in my Facebook feed, so I decided to give this book, collected stories from the project, a try. I'm really glad it did.

Each story is very short. Each is the result of a 40 minute interview between two people. Story Corps is an oral history project, and this book focuses on romantic love. The book is broken down into three sections: "Found," "Lost," and "Found Again."

The stories are wonderful, interesting, and sweet. They profile the people, but also pa
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Tamara
Feb 15, 2012 Tamara rated it really liked it
You know how most people, when you ask them to tell you something interesting about themselves, they say, "Oh, I don't know. I'm pretty boring, I guess." Well, it's true, in the way that the human experience is oftentimes ordinary and predictable and a bit the same for everyone.

But then, when they break down and start to tell you their stories, it's just comforting, how similar they are to your own, and yet how all of the details are different and how those details make you you and them them.

Th
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Lisa
May 07, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I always love hearing how couples met. This book let me be a fly on the wall as I got a glimpse of a compilation of StoryCorps interviews about romantic love. Each story has a picture of the people doing the interview, which I also liked.

The best quote is from Hunny, an identical twin to Bunny, who married Elliot, an identical twin to Danny. The couples had a double wedding, with identical gowns and flowers and even went to the same honeymoon location. But apparently all that sameness taught Hun
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Scott Rankin
Feb 28, 2012 Scott Rankin rated it liked it
Lovely quick sketches. You can read this book in just a few hours. A few of the stories will definitely make you cry. Some of them get a little repetitive: oh, it was love at first site. oh, I knew I was going to marry this girl. It's hard to say anything bad about people's love stories. Still, this book is perfect to read one story at a time as a little mindful meditation. To it's credit the book is wonderfully diverse with plenty of African Americans represented, a few gay couples, and diversi ...more
Rachel Halleck
Sep 17, 2015 Rachel Halleck rated it really liked it
3.75 stars! I loved the depth and breadth of this book as well as the diversity of the individuals featured. The book was a fantastic dedication to the human condition and how we are affected by love.
Nadira
Oct 20, 2015 Nadira rated it it was amazing
Love it from the start to finish. Even read some "interviews" twice.
Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it it was amazing
People’s stories are compelling, and no where 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 ...more
Tj
Mar 20, 2015 Tj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My NPR station carries a StoryCorps segment once a week and, I am hooked on listening to them. I am glad my library added this audio book. It was wonderful listening to the stories in All There Is, hearing each person's thoughts and emotions expressed in their own voices. I felt privileged hearing something so intimate that came from the heart.

A couple of the stories really stuck with me. Andrea and Kevin - Kevin died of cancer. Andrea gave us a brief glimpse of their life. Though she had suffer
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Jay
Mar 03, 2013 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I like these short, little real stories of love, but they weren't very fulfilling. Most of the stories were 2-3 minutes, mostly shorter than pop songs. They felt a little like pop songs, too, in that they can tell quick stories or impart a feeling, but there isn't time to expand on a topic, to explore, to show growth. Good for what it is, though.
Kristen
Apr 26, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This is a 3 overall, mostly because it's just little vignettes and I'm more of a novel gal. But some stories are definitely 5s. Several made me cry, in just a few pages. One made me cry in one paragraph.

Totally touching, though, and gives some faith to those of us who haven't had such long-term luck in love!
Pam
Feb 09, 2012 Pam rated it liked it
Shelves: pam
David Isay's third book of stories from Story Corps is a selected group of heart felt love stories. While it was timely to read just before Valentine's Day, the sweet stories lacked the impact of many of the stories in his first book Listening is an Act of Love. I highly recommend his NPR radio program.
Elizabeth
Aug 21, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
4.5-5.

We recieved this as a gift for our wedding last year. Originally I thought it would be super mushy and "not my thing", but I was wrong! I picked it up last night because I saw a StoryCorps animation on PBS last weekend and I hadn't actually read the subtitle of this book.

Generally collections of personal stories remind me of the Chicken Soup books (which I used to enjoy, but probably aren't "my thing" anymore). This collection was well curated. I love that they're taken from audio clips
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Bookslut
Apr 02, 2016 Bookslut rated it liked it
Shelves: normalville, memoir
This was good. The second section was especially moving. But something, without question, is lost when these interviews are transcribed. They are not nearly so powerful as when I hear them on the radio. I love StorysCorps though, and this was a pleasure.
Melissa Marin
Jun 04, 2013 Melissa Marin rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness, tears! I made the mistake of trying to read some of this in public and then had to sniffle like maybe it was just my allergies and not a 90 year old man talking about how much he loved his late wife. I just wish there were more stories.
TJ
Apr 09, 2012 TJ rated it liked it
This book does a great job of easing you in with innocuous, cute love stories. A little boring, but quickly read. And then when you've been lulled into complacency, they hit you with the gut wrenching, heart rending material. Damn you, StoryCorps!
Hildy
Apr 10, 2012 Hildy rated it it was amazing
Do not listen to this while driving. I wept like a little girl in the car. This is a beautiful, beautiful audiobook. I want everyone I know to listen and be reminded of the beauty of love.
Courtney Bayer
Jul 04, 2014 Courtney Bayer rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and the premise behind the collection of personal stories. My favorite stories were those of love lost and found. Highly recommend for a touching and fast read.
Megan
Feb 07, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
Audiobook Warning: listening while driving - use caution. Tears get in the way.
steph
This was cute. I liked the differences in all these stories. Some couples have been together since they were sixteen, others met late in life. Some of the couples met when they were young and then reconnected later, others were married for a short while before someone passed. People dated other people, married other people, had children with other people but they still wound up with each other even if was only for a few years. I liked this, I really did. What can I say, I'm a sap for a good love ...more
Danielle
Feb 18, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love is all around us. It’s in the way we treat each other as human beings to the relationships that grow over time. In these short stories of love discovered, lost and found people from all over the United States share their varying experiences that at their core speak to the romantic within each of us. From stories of love found at a time of war to the heartbreaking loss of a husband as the building he works in collapses around him each of their stories show humanity at it’s finest and give ho ...more
Liz
Apr 09, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since a book moved me to tears, but so many of these stories left me so completely touched that I'm afraid I can't say that anymore. The stories were just so honest, and to have the chance to read them was such a beautiful, intimate, and tender experience. In the foreword it was mentioned that often the most poignant moments in the written stories differ from the most poignant moments of the recorded interview. I am still waiting for the audio book to come in from the library, ...more
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