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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401311113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401311117
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Passionate . . . brilliant, and quietly addictive."—The London Guardian

"[In this book] the stories not only maintain their oral integrity but also take on new dimensions, allowing you to ponder a turn of events or to swirl the language around in your head without missing the next part of the story."—David Vecsey, NYTimes.com "The 6th Floor" blog

"Burns, artistic director of the award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, frees stories whetted for a live audience onto the page, proving the richness of great storytelling: that one can gain as much as a member of an audience communally cringing, laughing and weeping, as a reader privately surrendering to the complicity of human experience."—Publishers Weekly

"When I started to read the new collection 'The Moth: 50 True Stories,' [the storytellers'] distinctive voices turned on my audio button. It felt as if they had channeled these stories to me."—Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune "Editor's Choice"

About the Author

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story and The Moth's directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it. The Moth received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in January 2012.

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

Catherine Burns is Artistic Director of The Moth.

More About the Author

JAMES BRALY is the first two-time winner of The Moth GrandSlam, a contributor to This American Life, the writer and performer of the New York Times' Critics Pick Off Broadway monologue Life in a Marital Institution: 20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour, and the author of Life in a Marital Institution: 20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Memoir, published by St. Martin's Press. James has performed at The Whitney Museum, Symphony Space, and on a 14-city national tour presented by Meredith Vieira Productions. His autobiographical stories have been broadcast nationally on NPR, Marketplace, and Selected Shorts, and his personal essays have been published in The New York Times and Redbook. Currently, James teaches storytelling at Fordham University, and is developing the television series based on Life in a Marital Institution with Meredith Vieira Productions.

Life in a Marital Institution LIVE from Bass Performance Hall, a live recording, was just released Meredith Vieira Productions -- Available at Amzn.com/B00J5TI70M.

www.jamesbraly.com

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All of these stories are great!
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Excellent book to pick up and read a bit and put down not worrying that you will forget the story when you pick up the book again.
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The stories made you laugh, cry and wanting to hear more.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Panio on September 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
I've been a fan of The Moth for years, enjoying the podcasts as well as the occasional live show. I was curious how a literary version of these performances would work. Beautifully, it turns out. The stories were just as intimate and moving and funny on the page as on the stage.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By NYFB TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 17, 2013
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The Moth Radio Hour on NPR is such a grabbing hour for me that I just get glued for that 50 minutes to the radio and check out completely. These are all true stories told by individuals who have experienced the story and that emotion, that accent, that expression of those story tellers are what cuts it for me. Just an entertaining hour that takes me away, so the book is great, real great but it is the people that make the story really stick. Read but get the Moth on I-Tunes as well.Bravo, bravo, bravo.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Km on October 30, 2013
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Wish I had known about Moth before. What a great testament to the lives of the storytellers. A great book to read anytime. Short stories that grab and keep your interest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dhyan M. Walters on November 4, 2013
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Well written by a variey of fascinating story tellers. Great for travelling; you can read as many or as few stories depending on the available time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NANCY L STUMM on October 29, 2013
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We do not receive The Moth on NPR in my area. But I did hear about it on the radio and ordered it immediately. The 50 stories exceeded my expectations. This is a wonderful book. I am an avid reader of good literature and will recommend to all my friends. I hope a second volumn will be published soon. Want more of these beautiful true stories!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FAK245 on October 23, 2013
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Reading this book is like having a really great dinner party with friends from all walks of life. It's a nice easy read for lazy Sunday evenings, but it's still moving and real and human.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KinksRock on October 21, 2013
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I don't even have to explain why this book is so great to you if you are already familiar with "The Moth" radio program, in which people get up on stage and tell their personal stories in a manner evocative of sitting on a porch at night with the moths attracted to the light. If you are not familiar with the show, you will still love these very honest and touching stories, transcribed in a way that makes you feel like the storyteller is talking to you. Out of the fifty stories that I read obsessively in a few days, there was only one that didn't hold my interest (poker player Annie Duke's), and that's an excellent record for a collection of short stories. My recommendation? Get your hands on this book and read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amos428 on October 2, 2013
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Great collection of short stories. You'll laugh and you'll probably cry, most of them are very heartfelt and touching. Easy to read as most stories are not more than a few pages.
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