The Moth Presents All These Wonders

Book Review, Grown Up Books
All These Wonders by The Moth. Short stories told in front of a live audience.

All These Wonders by The Moth. Short stories told in front of a live audience.This blog post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. It doesn’t cost you anything and it helps keep the blog running.

The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown by Catherine Burns

Age range: Adult | Series: The Moth Presents | Hardcover: 352 pages | Publisher: Crown Archetype (March 21, 2017)

About the Book

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of storytelling phenomenon The Moth, 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages

Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new. Alongside Louis C.K., Tig Notaro, John Turturro, and Meg Wolitzer, readers will encounter: an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family, a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a “one-hit wonder,” a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill’s “secret army” during World War II, and more.

High-school student and neuroscientist alike, the storytellers share their ventures into uncharted territory—and how their lives were changed indelibly by what they discovered there. With passion and humor, they encourage us all to be more open, vulnerable, and alive.


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My Thoughts on All These Wonders

A few months ago, I read Gillian Flynn’s short story The Grownup. It was brilliant. I needed to get my hands on more short stories, so when I saw All These Wonders available on Blogging for Books, I pounced.

I’ll be honest. I didn’t know what The Moth was before picking up this book, but now I’m curious and I’d love to go to one of their performances.

This book is a collection of true stories told by people in front of a live audience. The stories were written down and placed into this book, but they retain the energy that comes from a live performance.

Some of the stories took my breath away. Others were just okay. But the thing that I loved about this collection is that all the stories are true. Whether it’s about getting refugees out of the Congo, writing a not-so-children’s book, or a brush with someone famous, each story is special because it happened. And the things that happen in our lives matter.

Content: Language (including some f-bombs) and some crude humor.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program.


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