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The Moth
     

The Moth

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by Catherine Burns
 

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For the first time in print, celebrated storytelling phenomenon The Moth presents fifty spellbinding, soul-bearing stories selected from their extensive archive (fifteen-plus years and 10,000-plus stories strong). Inspired by friends telling stories on a porch, The Moth was born in small-town Georgia, garnered a cult following in New York City, and then rose to

Overview

For the first time in print, celebrated storytelling phenomenon The Moth presents fifty spellbinding, soul-bearing stories selected from their extensive archive (fifteen-plus years and 10,000-plus stories strong). Inspired by friends telling stories on a porch, The Moth was born in small-town Georgia, garnered a cult following in New York City, and then rose to national acclaim with the wildly popular podcast and Peabody Award-winning weekly public radio show The Moth Radio Hour.

Stories include: writer Malcolm Gladwell's wedding toast gone horribly awry; legendary rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels' obsession with a Sarah McLachlan song; poker champion Annie Duke's two-million-dollar hand; and A. E. Hotchner's death-defying stint in a bullring . . . with his friend Ernest Hemingway. Read about the panic of former Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart when he misses Air Force One after a hard night of drinking in Moscow, and Dr. George Lombardi's fight to save Mother Teresa's life.

This will be a beloved read for existing Moth enthusiasts, fans of the featured storytellers, and all who savor well-told, hilarious, and heartbreaking stories.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401305963
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
196,038
File size:
2 MB

Meet 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.

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The Moth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SylviaFu More than 1 year ago
spell binding stories. I love the Moth Radio hour as does my husband. I bought this for him as a gift and we read the stories aloud to each other and to anyone who will sit and listen.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
The Moth “The Moth” Is a delightful assortment of fifty stories from guests who have shared their narratives on the PBS show of the same name. Storytellers range from an ISS astronaut, to a Clinton staff member giving his perspective of the impeachment hearings, to a victim of gang violence, who barely came through the experience alive. These stories were so engrossing, that my plan to spread them out over a few weeks quickly dissolved into a 48-hour marathon finish. Some of the stories whetted my appetite for more info, which led to additional reading adventures. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book. You’ll likely be introduced to new experiences, and learn more about things with which you are already familiar. Worth every penny! I suggest that this book should be the first of a continuing series.
OwenMyCat More than 1 year ago
I have heard some of the stories in the book performed live on the radio program. I loved reading the ones I hadn't heard and reading some of my favorites. I am drawn to the stories just like the moth to the porch light.
Merloo More than 1 year ago
Great Read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wont give up on treeclan though