Friday, February 3, 2012
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.
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.
Posted by Julie G at 5:19 PM