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True Tales of American Life by Paul Auster

True Tales of American Life

by Paul Auster

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  saintmarysaccden | Nov 19, 2013 |
One of my favourite books ever. Heartwarming, true or not true stories, taken from life. Better than all "chicken-soups..." combined! ( )
  borhap | Aug 27, 2013 |
This book is a collection of stories from the NPR National Story Project from a few years back. There are lots of great short stories in here. I found it best to read in small chunks. There are so many different types of stories and writing styles to work through--sometimes I needed a break. Highly recommended!
  walterqchocobo | Apr 8, 2013 |
this is wonderful. it's a collection of short (the average is probably a page or so) essays written by people from all over america. (some well written, some not.) true snippets from their lives. things that touched them or moved them or memories they had. and unbelievable coincidences and occurrences. it really shows how connected we are as people, and i loved this book for that. such a great reminder of how this universe holds us, and how, if we're watching, we can see beautiful and amazing things. and beautiful and amazing connections. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Apr 2, 2013 |
When Paul Auster was approached by National Public Radio's Daniel Zwerdling about becoming a regular contributer to Weekend All Things Considered, his first inclination was to say no. His wife, however, turned the project around by suggesting that he solicit stories from listeners. In this way the National Story Project was born. The guidelines were only that the stories had to be true and short. He requested stories that "defied our expectations about the world, anecdotes that revealed the mysterious and unknowable forces at work in our lives, in our family histories, in our minds and bodies, in our souls. In other words, true stories that sounded like fiction." Thousand of listeners had stories to tell and 180 of them make up I Thought My father Was God, edited by Paul Auster.

Like any collection of stories, some fell flat for me, but others, well many, are simply amazing. The most memorable stories were those having to do with coincidences (coincidentally, one of Auster's recurring themes). My favorite was a very poignant "A Family Christmas".

I had listened to this on audio for the first time ten or so years ago and loved hearing them again. Although they are written stories, I felt they were meant to be heard, not read. Paul Auster reads all the stories and has a wonderful voice. ( )
  coppers | Jan 5, 2012 |
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When the call went out to listeners of National Public Radio's Weekend All Things Considered to submit stories about their personal experiences, the results were overwhelming. I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project contains editor Paul Auster's pick of the best submissions. The stories, whether fact or fiction, all exhibit a heartfelt earnestness to be heard, and share similar themes of bizarre coincidences, otherworldly intervention, love and loss, life-changing experiences, and mundane pleasures. Some are deeply moving, most are not. But it is uplifting and well worth the time to sift through these brief snapshots of our collective human experience.

To give the book shape, Auster has done his best to categorize the material by subject, such as Animals, Families, War, Love, Dreams, and the like. These categories hold true to the submission criteria: "[I was most interested in] stories that defied our expectations about the world, anecdotes that revealed the mysterious and unknowable forces at work in our lives, in our family histories, in our minds and bodies, in our souls.... I was hoping to put together ... a museum of American reality." I Thought My Father Was God is a testament that, despite what on a bad day we may think is a drab existence, we all have a few good stories in us. --Michael Ferch

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A collection of 180 personal, true-life accounts from NPR's National Story Project reflects the work of men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life and is accompanied by a look at the role of storytelling in our lives.

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