The Moth

The Moth

Book - 2013
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Before television and radio, before penny paperbacks and mass literacy, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their homes, and tell stories. The storytellers knew their craft and bewitched listeners would sit and listen long into the night as moths flitted around overhead. The Moth is a non-profit group that is trying to recapture this lost art, helping storytellers - old hands and novices alike - hone their stories before playing to packed crowds at sold-out live events...The very best of these stories are collected here: whether it's Bill Clinton's hell-raising press secretary or a leading geneticist with a family secret; a doctor whisked away by nuns to a Mother Teresa's bedside or a film director saving her father's Chinatown store from money-grabbing developers; the Sultan of Brunei's concubine or a friend of Hemingway's who accidentally talks himself into a role as a substitute bullfighter, these eccentric, pitch-perfect - and all, amazingly, true - stories range from the poignant to the downright hilarious.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781401311117
Branch Call Number: PN1991.77.M675 M68 2013
791.44 Moth
Characteristics: xxi, 407 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 28, 2016

Most of the stories are excellent, and I had so many LOL moments that I lost count. The stories are heartwarming, poignant, and so real that I felt like I knew the authors. I liked this book so much that I bought 3 copies as gifts.

May 02, 2015

The Moth is a collection of short stories told by real individuals. I first heard about The Moth through their podcast, also titled The Moth. The podcast has the real people whose stories are in this book telling their stories. It is a radio show featured on NPR. I was lucky enough to hear an episode on CBC Radio one day.

This book is excellent. Well written, short, and meaningful stories. Perfect for gifts and also perfect before bed, when you don't necessarily want to read a lot. I gave this book to my grandmother who reads it to the residents in her retirement home. They all love the stories. The tales told appeal to a large audience. I hope they come out with a second book soon!


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