The Moth – Catherine Burns

The Moth is a community where real people share their real stories. Launched in 1997, the project’s mission is to promote the art of storytelling and celebrate the diversity and commonality of the human experience. There are fifty stories that you will remember in this beautiful book, which is composed of a selection from these speeches.


The Moth - Catherine Burns

The Moth is one of the best examples of how storytelling can help each other. Even though I didn’t witness any Moth talks, all the beautiful stories I read in the book made me feel like I was listening to all those people live. You will find different feelings in each story; You will discover real stories that will make you think about life, people, friendship, literature, prejudice, love, illness and many more. Some will break your heart and make you angry, and some will make you think about what a wonderful thing life is.

You can also check out the community at their website: The Moth. The story told in the video below was my favourite story in the book. I couldn’t help but share. Enjoy!

Love stories? You’ll adore this book: Will You Please Be Quiet Please? – Raymond Carver

The Moth - Catherine Burns

The Moth

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). 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. E. Hotchner’s death-defying stint in a bullring . . . with his friend Ernest Hemingway. 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. 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, and all who savor well-told, hilarious, and heartbreaking stories.

Catherine Burns

Catherine Burns is the editor of The Moth, a collection of short stories which originated with the organisation of the same name.

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges: 

A Non-Fiction a Month

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