Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 (Paperback)
"A heartening gathering of writers joining forces for community support."—Kirkus Reviews
"Connects writers, readers, and booksellers in a wonderfully imaginative way. It's a really good book for a really good cause"—Bestselling author James Patterson
ALONE TOGETHER: Love, Grief, and Comfort in 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.
All contributing authors and business partners are donating their share to The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), a nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community.
The roster of diverse voices includes Faith Adiele, Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Pam Houston, Jean Kwok, Major Jackson, Devi S. Laskar, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Garth Stein, Luis Alberto Urrea, Steve Yarbrough, and Lidia Yuknavitch.
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
Haupt’s essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine; The Rumpus; Psychology Today; Travel & Leisure; The Seattle Times; Spirituality & Health; The Sun; and many other publications. Her popular Psychology Today blog, One True Thing, is a collection of essays and interviews for readers and writers.
Haupt’s favorite pastimes are fine-tuning Spotify playlists, walking in the woods with her double doodle, and playing board games with her husband of 25+ years and two grown sons.
“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
The Inaugural Santa Fe Literary Festival was a huge success!
Collected Works was very proud to have been on-site all weekend as the official bookstore of the Santa Fe Festival. Bestselling, prizewinning authors and literary legends like Margaret Atwood, Joy Harjo, Colson Whitehead, Sandra Cisneros, Jon Krakauer, amongst others, spent time in our mini-bookstore in the lobby of the Convention Center and signed hundreds of books, which we now have in stock. So if you missed the festival but are looking for a signed copy of one of their books, please call us or come in to browse.
Purchase your books by festival authors directly from CW below:
Margaret Atwood; Freddie Bitsoie; Sandra Cisneros; Lynn Cline; William deBuys; Ashley Ford; John Grisham; Roshi Joan Halifax; Joy Harjo; Anne Hillerman; Cheryl Alters Jamison; Craig Johnson; Asma Khan; Phil Klay; Jon Krakauer; Valeria Luiselli; Deborah Madison; Emily St. John Mandel; George R. R. Martin; James McGrath Morris; Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co.; Carmella Padilla Douglas Preston; Kirstin Valdez Quade; Bob Shacochis; Henry Shukman; Hampton Sides; Bryant Terry; Darryl Lorenzo Wellington; Colson Whitehead; Don Winslow; Lawrence Wright