The Moth

. Inspired by friends telling stories on a porch, the moth was born in small-town Georgia, garnered a cult following in New York City, and then rose to national acclaim with the wildly popular podcast and Peabody Award-winning weekly public radio show The Moth Radio Hour. Stories include: writer malcolm gladwell's wedding toast gone horribly awry; legendary rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels' obsession with a Sarah McLachlan song; poker champion Annie Duke's two-million-dollar hand; and A.

George lombardi's fight to save Mother Teresa's life. This will be a beloved read for existing Moth enthusiasts, fans of the featured storytellers, hilarious, and all who savor well-told, and heartbreaking stories. For the first time in print, celebrated storytelling phenomenon The Moth presents fifty spellbinding, soul-bearing stories selected from their extensive archive fifteen-plus years and 10, 000-plus stories strong.

With his friend Ernest Hemingway. Hotchner's death-defying stint in a bullring. Read about the panic of former clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart when he misses Air Force One after a hard night of drinking in Moscow, and Dr. E.

The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible

Inside, storytellers from around the world share times when, they found moments of beauty, wonder, in the face of seemingly impossible situations, and clarity that shed light on their lives and helped them find a path forward. From a fifteen-year-old saving a life in chicago to a mother of triplets trekking to the North Pole to a ninety-year-old Russian man recalling his standoff with the KGB, these storytellers attest to the variety and richness of the human experience, and the shared threads that connect us all.

With honesty and humor, embrace uncertainty, vulnerable, they stare down their fear, and encourage us all to be more authentic, and alive. New york times bestseller • from storytelling phenomenon and hit podcast the moth—and featuring contributions from meg wolitzer, andrew solomon, krista tippett, Rosanne Cash, and more—a new collection of unforgettable true stories about finding the strength to face the impossible, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of stories told live, onstage and without notes, Wang Ping, Ophira Eisenberg,  Adam Gopnik, drawn from the very best ever told on its stagesCarefully selected by the creative minds at storytelling phenomenon The Moth, Occasional Magic features voices familiar and new.


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

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. Alongside meg wolitzer, and hasan minhaj,  john turturro, 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, readers will encounter: an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, Tig Notaro, an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family, and more.

Wonderful. Michiko kakutani, courage, drawn from the best ever told on their stagescarefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and facing the unknown, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, 45 unforgettable true stories about risk,  New York TimesCelebrating the 20th anniversary of storytelling phenomenon The Moth, All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new.

With passion, and humor, they encourage us all to be more open, vulnerable, and alive.

RISK!: True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share

A lifelong construction worker shares the intimate details of transitioning to being a woman, a bestselling author discusses how he assumed the identity of his babysitter online in a social experiment gone awry, and a beloved comedian discusses how a blow job from a prostitute changed his life. No topics are off-limits in RISK!, no memories too revealing to share.

From accidentally harboring a teen fugitive to being poisoned while tripping on LSD in the Mayan ruins, these stories transport readers into uncharted territory and show how your life can change when you take an extraordinary leap. Featuring essays by:Aisha TylerA. J. A "fascinating" metrosource collection of uncensored, coming out, confessional, and at times outrageously funny essays about coming of age, and the wildest experiences that define us.

Collecting the most celebrated stories from the hit podcast RISK!, along with all-new true tales about explosive secrets and off-the-wall adventures, this book paints a spellbinding portrait of the transformational moments we experience in life but rarely talk about. In these jaw-dropping stories, how they joined a terrifying male-empowerment cult and fought desperately for a way out, edited and introduced by RISK! host Kevin Allison, writers reveal how they pushed drugs for a Mexican cartel only to end up kidnapped and nearly killed, how they struggled with pregnancy complications and found a hero where they least expected it, and so much more.

Jacobsmichael ian BlackMarc MaronLili TaylorDan SavagePaul F. By turns cautionary and inspiring, rISK! presents an extraordinary panorama of the breadth of human experience and a stunning tribute to the power of the truth to set us free. Tompkinsts madisonJonah RayAnd many more!

Sleeping Giants The Themis Files Book 1

Masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. What’s clear is that rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic.

I can’t stop thinking about it. Chicago review of Books“A remarkable debut. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. Rose franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code.

But some can never stop searching for answers. Seventeen years later, architects, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, and purpose unknown. Reminiscent of max brooks’s World War Z, the story’s format effectively builds suspense. Library journal debut of the month “This stellar debut novel.

One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory, and a smart demonstration of how science fiction can honor its traditions and reverse-engineer them at the same time.

Bark: Stories Vintage Contemporaries

Will stand by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability. The new york Times Book Review, cover. In “foes, ” a political argument goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest themselves at a fund-raising dinner in Georgetown. And in “wings, neither of whom held fast to their dreams nor struck out along other paths, ” we watch the inevitable unraveling of two once-hopeful musicians, as Moore deftly depicts the intricacies of dead-ends-ville and the workings of regret .

. These eight masterly stories reveal lorrie moore at her most mature and in a perfect configuration of craft, as she explores the passage of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls to reveal her own exquisite, mind, and bewitched spirit, singular wisdom. In “debarking, ” a newly divorced man tries to keep his wits about him as the United States prepares to invade Iraq, and against this ominous moment, we see—in all its irresistible wit and darkness—the perils of divorce and what can follow in its wake .

. Here are people beset, burdened, having it interrupted mid-trip, buoyed; protected by raising teenage children; dating after divorce; facing the serious illness of a longtime friend; setting forth on a romantic assignation abroad, and coming to understand the larger ramifications and the impossibility of the connection .


Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Combining history, psychology, belonging, TRIBE explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, and anthropology, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations.

Tribe explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world. Decades before the american revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species.

The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life.

Now a new york times bestseller We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes. This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

The Road Vintage International

Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. A new york times notable bookone of the best books of the yearthe boston globe, time, the village Voice, Los Angeles Times, New York, Rocky Mountain News, The Kansas City Star, The Denver Post, The Christian Science Monitor, People, The Washington Post .

National bestsellerwinner of the pulitzer prizethe searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

The road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, if anything, although they don't know what, awaits them there. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, "each the other's world entire, but in which the father and his son, " are sustained by love.


Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction

Also availablethe late judith kitchen, editor of the perennially popular anthologies Short Takes, In Short, and In Brief, was greatly influential in recognizing and establishing flash creative nonfiction as a form in its own right. From the rant to the rave, the confession to the valediction, the meditation to the polemic, this collection of shorts—this celebration of true and vivid prose—will enlarge your world.

Brief encounters features the work of the emerging and the established—including Stuart Dybek, provocative, idiosyncratic, sad, Roxanne Gay, Leslie Jamison, Eduardo Galeano, funny, and Julian Barnes—arranged by theme to explore the human condition in ways intimate, lyrical, unflinching. The best of short literary memoirs, essays, and reflections, many of which were written expressly for this collection.

In brief encounters, she and writer/editor/actor dinah Lenney expand this vibrant field with nearly eighty new selections: shorts—as these sharply focused pieces have come to be known— representing an impressive range of voices, sensibilities, perspectives, and forms.