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The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible
Crown Archetype. Mar. 2019. 368p. ed. by Catherine Burns. ISBN 9781101904428. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781101904435. SELF-HELP
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OrangeReviewStarMore a collection of inspirational stories than a self-help manual, this volume compiles pieces chosen by the staff of the popular podcast the Moth that portray moments of beauty and wonder, often stumbled upon, when a truth is discovered that reveals something about one's life. All of the tales were told at live events in which the authors shared personal and challenging experiences that helped them find a path forward. Readers hear from both well-known authors such as Adam Gopnik, Meg Wolitzer, and Andrew Solomon, and individuals across the globe. In one entry, a young girl living in a shelter recounts a week at summer camp; in another, a mother with a prosthetic arm describes bathing her baby for the first time. Full of emotion, humor, and vulnerability, these stories skillfully illustrate and evoke empathy for the human condition.
VERDICT Highly recommended for individuals and all libraries.

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