When Paul Auster was asked to join NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered, he invited listeners to submit brief, true-life anecdotes about events that touched their lives.
And so the National Story Project was born. With more than 4,000 stories submitted so far, it is one of NPR’s most popular features—so popular that Auster decided to choose the top submissions and make them available in this book. 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 a work to be treasured and shared for years to come.
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