The Moth Presents Occasional Magic

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 19 Jun 2019

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Good collection. I only heard one of the stories before and even that one was nice to read.

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A book that provides you with such a wide variety of "stories" that some are sure to reach you. Life-changing events/epiphanies experienced by the well-known, obscure or complete stranger are shared with enthusiasm and the learned wisdom each of these people experienced.
An uplifting book that would be a treasure for anyone to own and share with someone encountering life's huge challenges.
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Voice came through in a powerful and literary way in this book.  I appreciate the work that Crown is publishing, and The Moth Presents Occasional Magic is another artistic and masterful entry in their publishing catalog.  Recommended reading.
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Thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an ARC of the book in exchange for my honest review.

It would be difficult to read The Moth Presents Occasional Magic and not be inspired to want to make a difference in the world. As a middle school teacher, there are endless possibilities for using this book in the classroom, from a short read and respond, to creating a fictional narrative based on one of the stories, to theme comparisons, and much more.  With the overwhelming majority of YA books having a dark atmosphere, it’s incredibly refreshing to discover a gem such as this that will serve to uplift and inspire students rather than further mire them in negativity and darkness. More like this please, publishers!
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I truly devoured this book and really could have read this in one sitting, but had to do homework along the way! I really enjoyed reading each and every story and truly felt the emotion behind each story as I read them. It would have been amazing to be in the audience to hear the authors tell their story first-hand. The second story really resonated with me from the lady who was a nurse and what she endured when visitors appeared at her hospital with a patient. I held my breath reading it without even knowing it. This is a book I'll be certain to share with my friends as I feel like there are moments that these stories can help you get through whatever trying time you are trying to get through. Great read!
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Oh, how I love The Moth podcast and performances.  The Moth is what truly inspires me; human stories and human connection.  This book is an absolutely gorgeous and thought-provoking read that will uplift and inspire the reader.  I laughed out loud and I also cried along with these stories.  If you are new to The Moth and its collection of stories in book form this book would be an excellent place to start.

Occasional Magic is everything I hoped it would be and more. A must read and a must share!

Please note, NetGalley gave me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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I was delighted to read another collection of interesting and intriguing stories by some very impressive storytellers. I would love to see the storytelling live someday, but until then, this collection, as well as the previous one, will have to suffice. Thank you for the opportunity to read this delightful compilation.
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This was my second collection of stories presented by The Moth and all of them are smart and insightful.  I was first turned onto The Moth events at the Decatur Book Festival, which featured a panel about "storytelling" in a very broad way.  One of the presenters, David Russell, a local librarian is a regular at the Atlanta Moth events and he was both a wonderful presenter and storyteller as well as an ideal ambassador for The Moth and it's commitment to quality storytelling and encouraging everyone to tell their stories.  

A perfect book to dip in and out of, each story gives the reader something true and profound to reflect upon.
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The stories found in this book are inspiring and inspirational. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a lift or to be inspired. 

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book free of charge. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
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Fans of The Moth podcast will greatly enjoy this beautiful collection of stories, gathered across several years from Moth events around the world. Each story presents a unique insight into the many facets of the human spirit. The collection is organized around themes of love, family, travel and home. The storytellers come from diverse backgrounds and many of them left me teary-eyed. I recommend this collection to anyone who wishes to laugh, cry, and reconnect with other human hearts.
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As expected, this was excellent. If you're a Moth fan (I like the show, but don't love it -- and even if you've never heard of the show -- this book is a guaranteed win. Funny, sad, scary, etc... It's probably obvious that reading these is different than hearing them (the audio versions are better), but they were obviously carefully selected and certainly work on paper. As a reviewer of another book wrote (which made me chuckle), this book "made me feel all the feels." I haven't read the other Moth books (yet), but I will, and quickly. Highly recommended.

I received a free advanced copy in exchange for a review. The ebook TOC is largely missing/incomplete, but I suspect will be corrected in the final version.
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Book Review: The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible
Edited by Catherine Burns
Publisher: Crown Publishing/Crown Archetypes
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
Review Date: December 13, 2018

This is the second Moth book of stories edited by Catherine Burns. The first book is titled: The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown.

There is nothing like these Moth stories. These are true stories created by a wide gamut of people, from all ages and from every walk of life. They are meant to be spoken orally on stage at Moth events. The books are collections of the stories spoken by their creators, as told at Moth events over the years.

The stories are beautiful, heartbreaking, moving,  funny, and wonderous. They each have been told from the heart by the people, about true events in their lives. 

This is an absolutely extraordinary collection of stories. Stories in the oral storytelling tradition. They are not and cannot be judged in the same way as a book of written stories.

I highly, highly recommend reading this book. It made me want to become a Moth storyteller, to give an idea of how affected I was by reading the stories. 

Please, do read this book, and savor how all these people have shared a pivotal moment in their lives. 

This review has been written several months prior to the book’s publication. The review will be posted on NetGalley now, and I will post the review on Amazon, Goodreads and Instagram closer to publication date.

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The Moth Present Occasional Magic edited by Catherine Burns is a phenomenal collections of stories.  The arrangement of the stories keeps the reader engaged, each piece is beautifully written about a variety of topics.  Readers will feel a range of emotions as you work your way through the collection of stories as the storytellers draw the reader in.  I highly recommend this collection, check it out.

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I love The Moth and was excited to see they have a new book nearing publication.  I read through this in a matter of days and found each story to be inspiring, thoughtful, and well-presented.  It will definitely become part of my library's collection upon publication.
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