Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 27, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

All There Is

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Dave Isay
publisher
Penguin
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A

Stories of love shared, love lost, and love found fill the pages of this perfect little collection — and they’re amazing in their plainspoken eloquence. Culled from the archives of National Public Radio’s magnificent, award-winning StoryCorps project, each began as a personal tale told by one ordinary American to another, narrator to listener; the conversations were then recorded (some were excerpted and aired on NPR) and preserved in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Gracefully shaped into book form with rewarding cameo photos of each couple, these testaments of love reveal themselves as profound literature on a par with that of even the grandest poet or novelist. All There Is is a Valentine?s Day gift more meaningful than any box of chocolates. A

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