The Moth – All These Wonders
From storytelling phenomenon The Moth: a collection about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best stories ever told on their stages.
All These Wonders features The Moth’s customary variety of voices. Storytellers range from Suzi Ronson (who styled David Bowie’s hair into Ziggy Stardust) to author Jung Chang, by way of a hip hop ‘one hit wonder’, an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time and a young female spy-tester in World War II. They share their ventures into uncharted territory – and how their lives were changed forever by what they found there. These true stories have been carefully selected and adapted to the page by the creative minds at The Moth, and encompass the very best of the 17,000+ stories performed in live Moth shows around the world. Filled with a variety of humourous, moving, and gripping tales from all walks of life, it is timed to celebrate the Moth’s 20th anniversary year.
Praise for The Moth: 'Brilliant and quietly addictive Guardian Beautifully simple, authentic, a little bit therapeutic and utterly addictive. It is a joyful reminder of the power of the story and the need for story-telling. Sunday Times The stories remain very much in the voices of those who spoke them and thus retain the vulnerability and rawness inherent in the situation of one person, alone at the mic, telling a room full of strangers something personal. Observer The stories not only maintain their oral integrity but take on new dimensions, allowing you to ponder a turn of events or swirl the language around in your head without missing the next part of the story. New York Times While these tales transport us into the lives of others, they also invoke recognition with our own; there are connecting wires with even the most disparate experiences and existences, the 'I's are turned into 'we's. They fulfil our fundamental human need to communicate, learn and grow through others. The List One of the hottest events in town ... enthralling, funny and moving The Times New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket Wall Street Journal A wonderful new book ... Some [stories] are heartbreakingly sad; some laugh-out-loud funny; some momentous and tragic; almost all of them resonant or surprising. They are stories that attest to the startling varieties and travails of human experience, and the shared threads of love, loss, fear and kindness that connect us ... The stories here...have translated seamlessly to the page. Though they are all relatively short ... most possess a remarkable emotional depth and sincerity ... They are...closely focused, finely tuned narratives that have the force of an epiphany, while opening out to disclose the panoramic vistas of one person's life or the shockingly disparate worlds they have inhabited or traversed -- Michiko Kakutani New York Times All These Wonders is replete with wondrous true stories of loves, losses, rerouted dreams, and existential crises of nearly every unsugarcoated flavor -- Maria Popova Brain Pickings All These Wonders is divided into seven expertly curated chapters. The effect is an anthology of seven Mainstage shows, averaging six stories per show. Each juxtaposes sensational stories by famous names (Ishmael Beah, John Turturro, Tig Notaro, Louis C.K.) with those by relatively unknown storytellers, whose narratives, quite often, deliver the biggest emotional punches -- Megan Labrise Kirkus Reviews
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