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When Paul Auster was asked to join NPR's Weekend All Things Considered program to tell stories, he turned the proposition on its head: he would let the stories come to him. He invited listeners to submit brief, true-life anecdotes about events that touched their lives.
And so the National Story Project was born. just over a year old, it's one of NPR's most popular features. The response has been so overwhelming, with more than 4,000 stories submitted so far, that Auster decided to cull the top works andmake them available in a book -- and now this audio tape. His selections -- hilarious blunders, wrenching coincidences, brushes with death, miraculous encounters, improbable ironies -- come from people of all ages and walks of life.
This one-of-a-kind collection is a testament to the power of storytelling that offers a glimpse into the American soul. By turns poignant, nostalgic, funny and strange, it is an audiobook to be treasured and shared for years to come.
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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Oracle Night, The Book of Illusions, and Timbuktu. I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into thirty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.From AudioFile:
In 1999, author Paul Auster invited listeners to submit stories to National Public Radio's "Weekend All Things Considered." Not just any stories-- they had to be true stories that were so amazing that they sounded like fiction. Now, many of the more than 5,000 stories submitted have been collected into a uniquely magical audiobook. His smoky baritone voice giving constancy to the wide-ranging tales, Auster paces his reading to let the stories surprise and move us. A couple brought together by the inspection sticker in the man's sport coat, a chicken that walks itself through Manhattan--improbable, hilarious, miraculous--these stories are the stuff of life. A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperAudio, 2001. Audio Cassette. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110694526134