Voices from the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage and Resilience (Hardcover)

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"One of the by-products of living with a pandemic is that many of us have drastically reduced the number of people with whom we have conversations.   If we don’t talk to people we can’t really understand how their life is different from our life.

Eli Saslow has given us windows into the lives of people across the United States in a variety of occupations and situations; an EMT in NY city, an anesthesiologist in a mid-west hospital who volunteered to do the necessary and difficult intubations, the woman evicted from her apartment after she had lost her job…they and many others have a voice here.

I believe that the best way to bridge the gaps between us is to try to understand other perspectives.

I am glad I read this book!  I hope you read it too!"

— From Susan's Staff Picks


From the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter, a powerful and cathartic portrait of a country grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic—from feeling afraid and overwhelmed to extraordinary resilient—told through voices of people from all across America

The Covid-19 pandemic was a world-shattering event, affecting everyone in the nation. From its first ominous stirrings, renowned journalist Eli Saslow began interviewing a cross-section of Americans, capturing their experiences in real time: An exhausted and anguished EMT risking his life in New York City; a grocery store owner feeding his neighborhood for free in locked-down New Orleans; an overwhelmed coroner in Georgia; a Maryland restaurateur forced to close his family business after forty-six years; an Arizona teacher wrestling with her fears and her obligations to her students; rural citizens adamant that the whole thing is a hoax, and retail workers attacked for asking people to wear masks; patients struggling to breathe and doctors desperately trying to save them.

Through Saslow's masterful, empathetic interviewing, we are given a kaleidoscopic picture of a people dealing with the unimaginable. These deeply personal accounts make for cathartic reading, as we see Americans at their worst, and at their resilient best.

About the Author

ELI SASLOW is a reporter for The Washington Post, and the author of TEN LETTERS, AMERICAN HUNGER, and RISING OUT OF HATRED, which won the 2019 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He was awarded The Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2014 and was a Pulitzer Finalist in Feature Writing in 2013, 2016 and 2017. The series on which this book is based won the 2020 George Polk award for Oral History. 

Praise For…

"Voices from the Pandemic offers a rich and valuable portrait of a confusing, frightening time in our history."
-Associated Press
"One of the nation’s preeminent storytellers"
-Oregon Live
"Saslow has done a sterling job of capturing real people’s experiences of the start of the pandemic."
-Tampa Bay Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385547000
ISBN-10: 0385547005
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: September 28th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English