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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 astron 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.

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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 astron 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.

30 review for The Moth - All These Wonders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul Bryant

    Not only is this a terrific bunch of stuff, it also functions as a personality test, and the things you find out about yourself might not be the things you particularly wanted to know. I was completely unaware of this Moth phenomenon. It’s been going on since the late 90s, it says here, and it’s all about storytelling. Some person will get on a stage and talk into a microphone and tell the audience a story. This has become a really big thing. What did I know. Me and the zeitgeist, we are not so c Not only is this a terrific bunch of stuff, it also functions as a personality test, and the things you find out about yourself might not be the things you particularly wanted to know. I was completely unaware of this Moth phenomenon. It’s been going on since the late 90s, it says here, and it’s all about storytelling. Some person will get on a stage and talk into a microphone and tell the audience a story. This has become a really big thing. What did I know. Me and the zeitgeist, we are not so close anymore. I should say straight off that they are using this word storytelling in a specialized way. These aren’t made up fictional stories, these are autobiographical mini-essays. It’s all true. And these are not some random amateurs telling us their experiences. This book could have been called THE MOTH : A COLLECTION OF CURIOUS AND AMUSING INCIDENTS FEATURING MOSTLY MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS WITH MOSTLY ARTISTIC CAREERS Normal people are not invited to the Moth. Let’s take a random sample of four tale tellers here : Sara Barron is the author of the story collections blah blah blah, her work has featured in Vanity Fair blah blah; Stephanie Peirolo is the author of the novel Radio Silence; Dr Mary-Claire King is American Cancer Society Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle… she was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama; Simon Bill is an artist and writer, his novel Artist in Residence blah blah…. So the first part of the personality test made me uncomfortably aware that I am quite prejudiced against this flowing parade of the great and the good, and when I came to Tony Wheeler’s account of how he was this guy with a wanderlust who whisked his jolly family all over the world in this jolly smug hippy way and created the Lonely Planet series of travel books and made billions I couldn’t stop counting up the pitifully few countries I’ve visited and the years wasted without founding a single publishing empire and frankly I resented Tony Wheeler and I didn’t feel so good about that. But Tony is an anomaly. In general what you get here is a whole series of being thrown into the middle of situations. One guy was working inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on the day of the earthquake March 11, 2011 One woman discovers a family secret – her dad was black! She thought he was white! One woman has to decide if her brain damaged son should be switched off One guy wrote Go the Fuck to Sleep and tells us about the media typhoon that blew his life to pieces because of that One guy gets to be an extra in Silence of the Lambs - and blows his scene, repeatedly And there are a number of really grim ones too. One guy’s daughter is raped and killed. He describes the trial and his thoughts about the murderer and how he eventually met the murderer and forgave the murderer and here is another part of the personality test of this book – when he forgave his daughter’s murderer I could not accept it! I was thinking No! You can’t do that! Forgive a moral degenerate like that! This book will get you like that, and uncomfortable truths are revealed. A new mother’s painful feelings when her baby has Downs; an experience in Congo trying to rescue people who will otherwise be killed. But then on the next page you will get an account of the kosher food problem when you’re ultra Orthodox. Psychological whiplash is the result of reading this stuff straight through. Which you can’t stop – like a bag of Revels, oh just one more , just one more until the whole bag is gone. In double quick time. You may be thinking – aren’t these just 49 Readers Digest articles? “I am John’s spleen”, “I fell off the Eiffel Tower and died”, “My wife was in the Manson Family”, that sort of thing. Well, yes, It’s kind of true. Okay, it is completely true. Busted! But I didn’t care, it was great, funny, good, bad, strange and annoying, some times all at once. Kind of recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Really, really lovely.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Klingler

    As an avid fan and listener--- many of the stories were familiar to me, but I loved being able to share them in the book (with my partner) Kind of wish this was one big podcast with chapters though--- as audience reaction and the changes in inflection don't come across on the page. Still loved it... and found myself moved by most of the stories.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fromwordstoworlds

    A while ago I told you about The Moth, the American phenomenon dedicated to storytelling. It is more than 20 years now that people working in all fields have started sharing personal experiences, stories that marked their lives. In 2017 a second book was published: All These Wonders, a collection of 50 new honest stories about risk, courage, love, dedication, religion and hope. A glass of red wine, my pyjamas and a blend of aromatherapy oils were my companions last weekend when I read the book, A while ago I told you about The Moth, the American phenomenon dedicated to storytelling. It is more than 20 years now that people working in all fields have started sharing personal experiences, stories that marked their lives. In 2017 a second book was published: All These Wonders, a collection of 50 new honest stories about risk, courage, love, dedication, religion and hope. A glass of red wine, my pyjamas and a blend of aromatherapy oils were my companions last weekend when I read the book, experiencing all sorts of emotions – sadness, joy, concern, empathy, comfort and amusement. An adopted boy, former soldier in Middle East, tries to make a new life in America, a NASA astronomer gazes at Pluto for the first time, a mother loses her son due to bureaucracy, a young woman becomes a spy for Churchill during World War II, a young American man goes to Russia because he is bored and needs adventure in his life. They are all stories of wonder, beautifully honest and beautifully talking to all of us.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan Swartwout

    The variety and tone of these performance-oriented stories certainly keeps one's attention, from humorous to inspiring to emotionally wringing. Most of the pieces are only 3 to 4 pages long; many of them, because of that length, rush at the end to a point or final compelling image. Some just stop (not a complaint; there's still plenty to think about in each one). The title's original summary has sufficient examples that I needn't rehash any here except to mention that two of my favorites were abo The variety and tone of these performance-oriented stories certainly keeps one's attention, from humorous to inspiring to emotionally wringing. Most of the pieces are only 3 to 4 pages long; many of them, because of that length, rush at the end to a point or final compelling image. Some just stop (not a complaint; there's still plenty to think about in each one). The title's original summary has sufficient examples that I needn't rehash any here except to mention that two of my favorites were about photographing the now-deemed-minor, despite the fact that it sports its own moons, planet Pluto and about forgiving the drug addict who killed the author's daughter. Each story was originally written, pitched, and performed in The Moth's international series of oral tales. Each is a jewel of real human experience in exceptional circumstance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alison Petchell

    Some great stories, some boring stories, some amazing stories and some thought provoking stories. The Moth is like TED talks for storytellers and by and large they translate well to paper although some don’t make it. I really liked the ones from Aussies and frankly Magda Szubanski’s was my favourite (whole lot were worth a read for hers alone. Also loved discovering a ‘six-degrees-of-separation’ moment when one of the authors referred obliquely to his brother and I realised I knew him!! Love a b Some great stories, some boring stories, some amazing stories and some thought provoking stories. The Moth is like TED talks for storytellers and by and large they translate well to paper although some don’t make it. I really liked the ones from Aussies and frankly Magda Szubanski’s was my favourite (whole lot were worth a read for hers alone. Also loved discovering a ‘six-degrees-of-separation’ moment when one of the authors referred obliquely to his brother and I realised I knew him!! Love a book that you can pick up and put down when you are time poor and can be satisfied in batches. Also I read quite a few of these to my partner in the car while we were driving which he really enjoyed so I it was nice to be able to share my passion for reading with him too.

  7. 5 out of 5

    R

    All of human life is here. "Love is a given, but it's a war of attrition...a long endless baseball season that never, ever ends...You have to have unbelievable patience and emotional fortitude to survive. That's what wears you out" "I felt like suddenly I had to start considering a world with this big hole where my Mom should be...We'd be spending time together, and it's like my brain would split. And part of my would be completely present and the other half of me would be taking all these notes, All of human life is here. "Love is a given, but it's a war of attrition...a long endless baseball season that never, ever ends...You have to have unbelievable patience and emotional fortitude to survive. That's what wears you out" "I felt like suddenly I had to start considering a world with this big hole where my Mom should be...We'd be spending time together, and it's like my brain would split. And part of my would be completely present and the other half of me would be taking all these notes, so I could sear all of these specifics about her into my brain in case I needed them when she wasn't there" "And when we dare to listen, we remember that there is no 'other', there is only us, and what we have in common will always be greater than what separates us"

  8. 5 out of 5

    Albert

    I knew nothing of The Moth podcast, where apparently people tell unscripted five minute true stories about some personal experience. I just happened to pick this book up on a whim because I love reading short stories. This is a collection of stories told to Moth audiences that have been written down so that readers can enjoy them. And they are truly amazing. Every emotion can be found in these brief true stories, from wonder to shock to gut wrenching sadness to pure euphoric joy. It has been sai I knew nothing of The Moth podcast, where apparently people tell unscripted five minute true stories about some personal experience. I just happened to pick this book up on a whim because I love reading short stories. This is a collection of stories told to Moth audiences that have been written down so that readers can enjoy them. And they are truly amazing. Every emotion can be found in these brief true stories, from wonder to shock to gut wrenching sadness to pure euphoric joy. It has been said that in this social media age of sound bites, five second videos, and hashtags, that storytelling has become a lost art. Not so, according to the Moth. The proof is in the reading.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    A collection of deeply personal stories--moments of joy and sorrow, dealing with a wide range of topics, divided into themes. Some are funny, others thought-provoking, and all emotional packed into a short story. They're very real, ranging from the sort of events we can all relate to, to more unusual ones that still have something relatable. Because they're related by very different, you can read a few at a time, to savor them, or all in one great rush. Though not every one is happy, there's a se A collection of deeply personal stories--moments of joy and sorrow, dealing with a wide range of topics, divided into themes. Some are funny, others thought-provoking, and all emotional packed into a short story. They're very real, ranging from the sort of events we can all relate to, to more unusual ones that still have something relatable. Because they're related by very different, you can read a few at a time, to savor them, or all in one great rush. Though not every one is happy, there's a sense of hope that overall makes this collection uplifting.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mainlinebooker

    This is actually a review of the hardback edition but I didn't find a category for this. This wonderful compendium of stories from the podcast The Moth, is comprised of 2-3 page stories(perfect bathroom reading) that showcase profiles about facing the unknown. From trepidation, fearful ventures, and determination, one is allowed a peek into how certain ventures changed their lives by being open to corners never exposed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ml Lalonde

    What a treat - 49 of the best of stories told over time at The Moth. There's everything here - from heartbreakingly sad to laugh out loud funny. Easy to pick up. This left me with a renewed appreciation for the craft of telling the perfect story - where to come in, what to leave out and how to finish strong. Really satisfying read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Childs

    It took some time to get through this. I personally think there are too many stories to this book but it was great overall. A few stories made me laugh out loud and she’s a few tears. The greatest stories were at the beginning and the end chapters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alex Taylor

    I was new to the Moth but really enjoyed this story collection. I have also downloaded the podcast to give that a listen.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joyce Dias

    Inspirational true short stories . They made made me laugh and cry cry and everything in between

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tom Bennett

    Oh my word I love The Moth. Another fantastic collection of life stories. Brilliantly told, beautifully collected for the page. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel horror - and you’ll feel joy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nani Rump

    Well I love the podcast so why wouldn't I love this??

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Best book I've read all year. Loved the insights into lives of folks from all walks of life.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    I enjoyed these but I think the first collection was stronger.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nikita Merchant

    I laughed, I cried and felt alive as I ingrained myself in the stories of 50 beautiful people!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zoe MacGregor

    Reminds me a lot of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, except The Moth is aimed at adults and isn't looked down upon because their main audience are teenage girls.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Louise Graham

    Just brilliant storytelling. Some made me laugh, some cry, some ponder - fantastic. Loved every page.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Umaymah

    Some stories blew me away, others I didn't get.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gail Griffith

    Some great short stories!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan Wilson

    Just not big on short stories and couldn’t get enthused about these. Lot of look at me, name dropping so have passed on to my daughter who is enjoying it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rohit Bharadwaj

    One of those books which leave you with thoughts after you finish it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Louise Kuhlman

    Great stories, great topics/themes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Akshat

    Given that I have never had the opportunity to watch-hear the Moth live, this book offers me the window to vicariously enjoy all those beautiful stories. Good to read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Georgia-May Dunlop

    The most wholesome, heart warming and real book I've had the pleasure the read. I can't recommend it enough.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    While I absolutely love the Moth it just loses something when it is written and not spoken word.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christine Laliberte

    So many good short stories. Really great read.

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