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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.



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Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow is an author and a staff writer for The Washington Post. He won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for a series of stories about the rise of food stamps and hunger in the United States. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Both of his books were published by DoubleDay: Rising out of Hatred, forthcoming in Sept. of 2018; and Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President, in 2012. An occasional contributor to ESPN the Magazine, four of his stories have been anthologized in Best American Sportswriting. A 2004 graduate of Syracuse University, he now lives in Portland with his wife and three children.



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