Book Launch: All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps

A trumpet player from St. Louis meets a tall, shy bowler in the college cafe. A single dad rediscovers his passion for older women, or at least for one older woman in particular. High school sweethearts reunite after two separate marriages, divorce and death, six children, and a three-month courtship twenty-five years later.

These are just the juiciest love stories hanging from my family tree, and in All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps (Penguin, 2012), you’ll get a peak at a few other extraordinary love stories being lived today. All There Is comes out February 2 and will be the third publication of highlights produced by StoryCorps, an oral history organization.

Gathered from interviews recorded since the organization’s founding in 2003, Publishers Weekly describes the collection as “Love stories for people who don’t read love stories.” But these memories of love lost and found defy the span of time and distance, proving the resilience of the heart and the existence of soul mates — just enough to rouse one’s belief in Cupid and fate!

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of broadcasting honors, including five Peabody Awards and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books, including two other StoryCorps books — Listening Is an Act of Love (2007) and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps (2010), both New York Times bestsellers — and he’ll kick off the All There Is national tour at Brooklyn’s own Greenlight Bookstore tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry. Click here for Dave’s other reading dates and locations — just in time for Valentine’s Day!


"This love story starts with a typo." Check out this StoryCorps animated short, featuring a love story from All There Is. Directed by The Rauch Brothers (2012)

Editor’s note: Do you feel lucky? Come to the NY Writers Coalition’s Red & Black Party for a chance to win your copy of All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps. Click here for tickets.