Hungry Hearts: Essays on Courage, Desire, and Belonging

Dial. Feb. 2021. 208p. ed. by ed. by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. ISBN 9780593229620. $26. LIT
Based on the popular Together Live traveling event series, this collection edited by debut author Walsh features elegantly written stories by a group of diverse storytellers. Each writer, from Austin Channing Brown to Luvvie Ajayi Jones, has a distinct voice, yet their writing cohesively brings stories of hope and heart to the forefront. Contributors discuss everything from flying with a disability, to making a playlist to celebrate that time of the month, to trying to fit in with friends, to meeting your best friend when you unknowingly follow a guy you like into Bible study. Featuring stories about grief, friendships, careers, courage, trials, and triumphs, this collection truly has something for every reader; nonfiction, self-help, romance, even suspense (there’s a story that mentions getting lost in a corn maze that will have readers holding their breath). Fans of the featured contributors, including Maysoon Zayid and Sue Monk Kidd, or anyone looking for a refreshing take on everyday moments will find much to enjoy.
VERDICT This collection of stories will make readers laugh, cry, and come back for more; readers will enjoy the book as a whole, as it is impossible to pick a favorite story.
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