The title comes from a quote from Lillie Love, the late facilitator for StoryCorps. She said, "Love is all there is...When you take your last breath you remember the people you love, how much love you inspired, and how much love you gave." This collection is devoted to stories, interviews with people about the romantic love in their lives. It's divided into three sections: stories about falling in love, stories about memories of a loved one; and stories about "finding love unexpectedly after assuming it was no longer in the cards."
If you haven't heard StoryCorps on NPR, it started in 2003 with the idea of one person interviewing another person they cared about. A facilitator puts two people in a booth, and one interviews the other for forty minutes, asking questions. In this case, husbands and wives reminisced about their meetings and marriages, children interviewed parents. There are stories of love despite family opposition, love across races, same sex love. Survivors told stories of the loved ones they lost, including a couple who interviewed each other, knowing the wife had Alzheimer's, and couldn't always remember their life together. Two of the accounts were by women who lost husbands on 9/11. Beverly Eckert, who died herself in a plane crash later, told of talking to her husband as he knew he was going to die in the South Tower.
All There Is is a small book covering a big subject. It will only take one evening to read the book, but the stories and memories will last much longer. And, perhaps it will remind you of a first meeting, a marriage, a loss, or a long-awaited love.
StoryCorps' website is www.storycorps.org
All There Is by Dave Isey. The Penguin Press. ©2012. ISBN 9781594203213 (hardcover), 157p.
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