"Could there be a timelier gift to quarantined readers...? I doubt it."—The Washington Post "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
About the Author
Jennifer Haupt is the author of the highly acclaimed novel In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills (2018), Come As You Are (2022) and editor of the groundbreaking anthology Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 (2020), which has raised more than $40,000 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 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