How We Live Now: Scenes from the Pandemic

October 30, 2020
How We Live Now: Scenes from the Pandemic

From the beloved author of Insomniac City, a poignant andprofound tribute in stories and images to a city amidst apandemic.A bookstore where readers shout their orders from the street. Aneighborhood restaurant turned to-go place where one has a shareddrink--on either end of a bar--with the owner. These scenes, amongmany others, became the new normal as soon as the world began toface the COVID-19 pandemic.In How We Live Now, author and photographer Bill Hayes offers anode to our shared humanity--capturing in real time this strange newworld we're now in (for who knows how long?) with his signatureinsight and grace. As he wanders the increasingly empty streets ofManhattan, Hayes meets fellow New Yorkers and discovers stories totell, but he also shares the unexpected moments of gratitude hefinds from within his apartment, where he lives alone and--likeeveryone else--is staying home, trying to keep busy and not boredas he adjusts to enforced solitude with reading, cooking,reconnecting with loved ones, reflecting on the past--andwriting.Featuring Hayes's inimitable street photographs, How We Live Nowchronicles an unimaginable moment in time, offering a long-lastingreminder that what will get us through this unprecedented, deadlycrisis is each other.