The Art of Empathy

Megan Altieri’s Debut Book

Sonder: The Art of Empathy Through Eavesdropping

492 pages, 8×10 inch hardcover

Have you ever had a moment when you caught a glimpse into a stranger’s life? Something that gave you pause, made you smile, or turned your head for a second glance? These moments might trigger connection, inspire reflection, or even send us into an existential quandary.

Sonder is the word describing the sudden realization that everyone around you is living a life as intricate and important as your own.

This book is a collection of overheard conversations, of sonder moments, gathered by an eavesdropping artist over the course of several years. The comments are printed on a facsimile of the speaker’s garments and displayed in hopes of inspiring conversation, curiosity, and, ultimately, empathy for the strangers around us.

The creator of this book, Megan Constance Altieri, is an international award-winning artist and art educator. Her art is driven by an intense need to explore the psyche and human connection.

Be curious. Explore empathy.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Perrigo, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts