The Moth

This book is a collection of stories told on the radio transcribed to text. The creator’s goal for this very popular series is to bring a childhood love of his to the forefront: storytelling. Stories that aren’t necessarily meant to entertain, but stories about real things that happened to us that show our faults and our successes. What we learned from an experience and how we reacted to it – ultimately humanizing all of us. When reading this, I did recognize a few stories from my time listening to NPR. I can tell you, the transfer from audio to text doesn’t lessen the effect at all.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll travel to the moon, you’ll save Mother Theresa – the sheer variety of stories is endless. A breadth of experience, thankfully not all from creative types. White collar, blue collar, everyone has a story to tell.

I couldn’t put it down. Bite size, 4-5 pages max of a single story. That story will get to your core because they are so raw. And even though they are polished, they don’t feel polished, they feel natural. My only drawback for this book is that it seems like something incredible or something really sad has to happen to you to actually be allowed to tell a story on The Moth.

This book is amazing – perfect even. Considering it’s subjects are very imperfect.. Highly recommend.

4 out of 4 stars.

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