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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"

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401311113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401311117
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Nice reading material, a little bit of something for everyone. The stories are short and easy reading. They all have the feel of a friend confessing from the soul a part of who they are. Some are funny, some inspirational but all are entertaining. My favorite is the View of Earth or maybe Don't Fall in Love with Your Monkey. Great Gift Idea.
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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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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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I really liked almost all the stories because they are real life with all its surprises and twists. Many of my favorities are about the ups and downs and struggles. Good story telling. I look forward to future books.
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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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I had never heard of the radio series when I bought this book, but it didn't matter. The stories chosen are real and varied and take us into the lives of people far from our own world. It is surprising how moving and unforgettable a short piece can be. The stories focus on significant moments in people's lives, and they are from the heart. Give a little space between them to take each one in. They are gifts.
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