Listening is an Act of Love

Listening is an Act of Love

Listening is an Act of Love

Our first collection — and favorite gift for anyone — features the most compelling stories from StoryCorps’ first 10,000 interviews.

“This book is absolutely remarkable. Listening is an Act of Love is history in the richest sense of the word, the kind that makes people feel like they count. It’s a celebration of the lives of the uncelebrated. In our world today people feel helpless, but once they speak of their lives they become alive! This is what our country is all about. Never has a book been more timely or necessary.”

– Studs Terkel


Published in 2007, StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay selected some of the most remarkable stories from our already vast collection and arranged them thematically into a moving portrait of American life.

To read this book is to be reminded of how rich and varied the American storybook truly is, how resistant to easy categorization or caricature. Above all, this book honors the gift each StoryCorps subject has made, from the raw material of his or her life, to the Americans who will come after.

We are our history, individually and collectively, and Listening Is an Act of Love touchingly reminds us of this powerful truth.

Praise for Listening is an Act of Love

“Dave Isay’s vision of collecting the everyday stories of Americans is so simple and yet so powerful. Listening Is an Act of Love will make you laugh, cry and think. These stories come from the souls of individual Americans. Collectively, they are who we are as a people. You cannot read this book without feeling proud of your country.”

– Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley

“Dave Isay’s Listening Is an Act of Love is a gift. I loved this book. I savored these stories. So candid. So open-hearted. So full of life. The StoryCorps project may well be the most important cultural event in America today. It’s about us. About who we are. About where we’ve come from, and where we want to go. Listening Is an Act of Love is the equivalent of eavesdropping on America. Read it – and pass it on to family and friends. It’ll inspire.”

– Alex Kotlowitz, author and journalist


Coming in Spring 2016: StoryCorps’ collection of stories on the subject of work, Callings, will be published by The Penguin Press.

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