Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 (Paperback)

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Alone Together connects writers, readers, and booksellers in a wonderfully imaginative way. It's a really good book for a really good cause." - James Patterson, Bestselling author, and Co-Ambassador for The Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

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.

Jennifer Haupt, editor and curator of this anthology, and Central Avenue Publishing, as well as all contributing authors, are donating net profits to The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community.

In response to the pandemic, Ms. Haupt rallied more than 90 authors to contribute their work to ALONE TOGETHER, free of charge, to support struggling independent booksellers forced to close their doors.

The roster of diverse voices includes:

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: Love, Grief, Comfort, Grace, and Possibilities. The overarching theme is how this age of isolation and uncertainty is changing us as individuals and a society.

"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, bookseller, and Co-Ambassador for The Book Industry Charitable Foundation

About the Author


Jennifer Haupt is an author and journalist who has written for O, The Oprah MagazinePsychology TodayThe RumpusThe Seattle Times, Spirituality & HealthThe Sun, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications.

Praise For…


"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, bookseller, and Co-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.” —James Patterson, Bestselling author, and Co-Ambassador for The Book Industry Charitable Foundation


“I loved Alone Together. It’s a brilliant, diverse, rich collections of essays, poetry, essays and dialogue by some of our most important (and some of my personal favorite) authors. Of course, the writing is as beautiful as it is varied. While the subject matter is overwhelmingly depressing, it’s also reassuring to read that I’m not alone in what I’m feeling. These are powerful messages of unity and hope in a time of isolation and despair. Alone Together is a very important work that has emerged from a very dark time.” —Kevin O'Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Bad Sister and The Betrayed Wife


"An anthology of poems, essays, interviews, and reflections inspired by the COVID-19 lockdown, with proceeds benefitting independent booksellers. A heartening gathering of writers joining forces for community support." —Kirkus Reviews


"Haupt convened scores of her fellow writers for this remarkable anthology of responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. 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


"Could there be a timelier gift? 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.” —Joan Frank, The Washington Post


“…there is undoubtedly an immense comfort to be had in experiencing the pandemic refracted back to you from multiple perspectives, tracking our feelings and experiences.” —Cade Johnson, ZYZZYVA


Starred Review: "Among the first anthologies of its kind, this thoughtful and engaging compilation is recommended for readers seeking understanding and connection and a more empathetic and less materialistic post–COVID-19 world." —Library Journal


"The pandemic’s ceaseless isolation can grind you down, can’t it? I’ve found some solace in a new anthology called Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19. It’s a collection of essays, poems and interviews that reflect on what an unnerving era we’re living through — full of sorrow and worry and, yes, moments of romance and humor, too." —Ron Charles, The Washington Post


Product Details
ISBN: 9781771682282
ISBN-10: 1771682280
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 288