Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19
by Jennifer Haupt - editor
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, January LaVoy, Dion Graham, Julia Whelan, Adenrele Ojo, Emily Woo Zeller, Thérèse Plummer, Ron Butler, Adjoa Andoh, Christian Barillas, Almarie Guerra, Cynthia Farrell, and Dawn Harvey
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Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19 is a collection of essays, poems, and interviews to serve as a lifeline for negotiating how to connect and thrive during this stressful time of isolation as well as a historical perspective that will remain relevant for years to come.
Ms. Haupt rallied a diverse roster of more than 90 authors to contribute their work to Alone Together, free of charge, including Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Pam Houston, Jean Kwok, Major Jackson, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Garth Stein, Luis Alberto Urrea, Steve Yarbrough, and Lidia Yuknavitch.
Alone Together is divided into five sections: What Now?, Grieve, Comfort, Connect, and Don't Stop. The overarching theme is how this age of isolation and uncertainty holds the possibility of changing us as individuals and a society.
Narrated by a full cast, including Edoardo Ballerini, January LaVoy, Dion Graham, Julia Whelan, Adenrele Ojo, Emily Woo Zeller, Thérèse Plummer, Ron Butler, Adjoa Andoh, Christian Barillas, Almarie Guerra, Cynthia Farrell, and Dawn Harvey.
"Could there be a timelier gift to quarantined readers...? I doubt it. Author/editor Haupt's new anthology delivers on its title, with an outpouring of responses to our shared ordeal by a wonderfully diverse group of (90!) writers." -- The Washington Post
"For anyone who feels powerless right now, these writings offer comfort and even escape into the abstract, allowing for meditation on deeper issues....A testament to the power of story in times of hardship and crisis." -- From a forthcoming article in Library Journal (printed with permission from LJ)
"Anyone who has weathered the past few months will find something in here that speaks to them." -- Publishers Weekly
"A heartening gathering of writers joining forces for community support." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Alone Together showcases the human desire to grieve, explore, comfort, connect, and simply sit with the world as it weathers the pandemic. Jennifer Haupt's timely and moving anthology also benefits the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, making it a project that is noble in both word and deed." -- Ann Patchett, best-selling author, bookseller, and Ambassador for The Book Industry Charitable Foundation
"Alone Together connects writers, readers, and booksellers in a wonderfully imaginative way. It's a really good book for a really good cause." -- best-selling author James Patterson
"Alone Together is an important work that has emerged from a very dark time. The writing is as beautiful as it is varied. These are powerful messages of unity and hope in a time of isolation and despair." -- Kevin O'Brien, NY Times best-selling author