Review: Alone Together – Love, Grief and Comfort in the time of Covid-19 edited by Jennifer Haupt

 

About  Alone Together – Love, Grief and Comfort in the time of Covid-19


• Paperback:  288 pages
• Publisher:  Central Avenue Publishing (September 1, 2020)
• ISBN-10: 1771682280
• ISBN-13: 978-1771682282

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 into connecting and thriving during this stressful time of isolation as well as a historical perspective that will remain relevant for years to come. All net profits will be donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc).
“I was looking for some way to make a dent in the overwhelming grief and devastation, and I hoped other authors would feel the same way,” says Jennifer Haupt, editor and curator of ALONE TOGETHER, who put out a call for submissions on Facebook a month after the quarantine began. “The book came together in astonishingly short amount of time—just two months. It was inspiring to see how it snowballed, with my publisher and the book distributor donating their services.”
The diverse roster of 76 bestselling and up-and-coming contributing authors (55 in the print book and another 21 in the digital edition) includes: Faith Adiele, Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, W. Ralph Eubanks, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Jane Hirshfield, Pam Houston, Major Jackson, Jean Kwok, Devi S. Laskar, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, Garth Stein, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Lidia Yuknavitch.
This book is divided into five sections: What Now?, Grieve, Comfort, Connect, And Don’t Stop. The overarching theme is finding grace and humanity in this devastating time. “Some might argue that the private sector is all about survival of the fittest, but I see booksellers as existing in this place between the public and private sector,” says Michelle Halket, publisher, Central Avenue Publishing. “Bookstores are akin to our libraries; collectors and curators of our culture, and the hubs our local communities. I’m proud to help bookstores survive the COVID19 economy, while bringing forth more of the prose and poetry we all need.” All authors, the publisher and book distributor are donating their time, talent, and expertise, so the contribution to Binc is expected to be significant.

 

 

 

 

Praise

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)

“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, Bestselling author

“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

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts 

Alone Together is the kind of book I like to review. It’s literally a no brainer, and quite the necessary read for everyone. And I mean EVERYONE.

Jennifer Haupt reached out to fellow authors via Facebook a month after the quarantine began “looking for some way to make a dent in the overwhelming grief and devastation” hoping other authors would be feeling the same way. After that, it only took 2 months to put the book together, and the result was inspiring. With a group of 76 bestselling and up-and-coming-authors contributing (55 in print edition and another 21 in the digital edition) they had enough stories for this compilation to divide it into 5 sections: What Now?, Grieve, Comfort, Connect, And Don’t Stop. And guess what? All net profits for this book will be donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

The one overwhelming feeling I got from reading this was an eye opening awareness that I am really not alone in this house by myself. There are other people out there, quarantining, wearing masks, hoarding toilet paper and struggling through the same day to day issues that I am. Some of them struggling a bit more, some a bit less, and some are making the best of what they have and appreciating each day as it comes. It’s hard to review a book like this, its like reviewing a mini autobiography of 76 different people, each one of them taking time to share a part of themselves to the world and how they are coping in their own unique way.

Reading this was a godsend. It’s an emotional saga of both happy and sad, yet comforting in some way. All our anxieties , fears, and worries are not just our own, we are in this together believe it or not, and this book reminds us that we are all humans just trying make it through the day, just trying to get along, and just trying to exist.

Each story is short, and the book is an easy read. I highly recommend this to everyone out there, no matter what you are feeling. There is no way this gets any less than 5 stars from me.

They say, misery loves company. Well, this book pretty much invites all of the company over to your house *with masks on, to let you know your emotions are palpable, legitimate and just downright okay.

Thank you to @jenniferhauptauthor Central Avenue Publishing and  @katerocklitchick for my gifted copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion for review.

 

 

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About Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt’s essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, Parenting, The Rumpus, Spirituality & Health, The Sun and many other publications. She curates the popular Psychology Today blog, “One True Thing,” a collection of essays and interviews for authors and readers. Her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills was awarded the Foreword Reviews Bronze Indie Award for Historical Fiction. Her second novel, Come as You Are, will be published in 2021.

To keep up with Jennifer head to her website www.jenniferhaupt.com 

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