Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review: All There Is by Dave Isay

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 StoryCorps.  These stories were all collected as a part of the program and relate to love. 

StoryCorps did a great job with the transcripts of these conversations.  They are "written" because they're transcribed from verbal interviews, but the editing StoryCorps and Dave Isay have done is amazing.  While they are appropriate for the written word and read well (StoryCorps has removed the "um"s and "so"s and those kind of fillers), they also retain that oral-tradition feel.  You can really tell that you're reading a story that was told out loud, which is exactly what StoryCorps wants.

Entertainment Value
This is one of the happiest books I've read in a long time.  Even the stories in the "Lost" section are beautiful in an uplifting way.  The teller may have lost his or her love but the story celebrates the time they had together.  I cannot begin to say how sweet the stories are.  Some are truly amazing - like a couple who had the same initials and met when one got an email intended for the other.  Even though they lived on opposite sides of the world, a correspondence began that led them to love.  And that's just one story.  It's not a terribly long book, and it's great for reading a little at a time, especially if you need a  small pick me up fix.

You must read this book.  It's for everyone - there's no one who I wouldn't recommend it to.  It's an easy read and the subject matter is all uplifting.  It's not just a light, fluff book though, there are some very deep messages to be gleaned from the stories.  I also must point out the cover.  You can't see it very well in this picture, but it is adorable.  They look like polka dots on the pictures, but those colorful objects are actually little tiny embossed hearts.  I've got this one prominently displayed on my shelves because it's just so cute.

Thanks to TLC for sending me a copy to review.  Click here for a full list of all reviewers.


  1. I really enjoy reading happy books on a regular basis - they make me feel like all is right in the world. :)

    Thanks for being on the tour! I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

  2. One of the happiest books you've read in a long time? That's awesome! I'm going to download this to my Nook and read one story a night -- they sound like the perfect length for right before bed, and will leave me with nice thoughts as I drift off to sleep. :)