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All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps

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A celebration of love from StoryCorps
In All There Is, StoryCorps founder David Isay shares stories from the revolutionary oral history project, revealing the many remarkable journeys that relationships can take.


In these pages we discover that love is found in unexpected places: a New York tollbooth, a military base in Iraq, an airport lounge. We encounter love that survive
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by Penguin Books (first published February 2nd 2012)
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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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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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Tamara
Feb 15, 2012 Tamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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Nancy
Jan 20, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Auni
Sep 14, 2016 Auni rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Have you ever questioned yourself, 'Does true love exist?'? If yes, this book proves that it does.

This book is a compilation of love stories based on real life experiences. I have to say hands down for this book because it has really captured my emotions from the very beginning. The introduction was one of the best introductions I have ever read. The stories too were so heartfelt and one of it almost made me cried. I admire how faithful these people were, how strong they had been. People
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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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Megan
Feb 07, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook Warning: listening while driving - use caution. Tears get in the way.
Hannah Jane
Oct 20, 2015 Hannah Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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Lisa
May 07, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Love it from the start to finish. Even read some "interviews" twice.
Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Samantha
Sep 14, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-the-bookshelf
What a perfect little gem. If you are having a rough moment or day, just read one or two stories and it will make your heart feel full again.
Danielle Kim
Aug 10, 2016 Danielle Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I didn't think I was going to like this book. The first few stories didn't really hit any buttons for me but as I continued reading, it really captured my heart. In short, I cried, laughed, and was so touched by so many of these stories that I can now say, I was wrong. This book is amazing for so many different reasons.

You will get the feels-- more specifically you will get that heartwarming feeling when you hear a really great love story from the people closest to you (e.g. parent
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