missy, May 18, 2013 (view all comments by missy)
I'm not embarrased to admit that read this book one bathroom break at a time. It's perfect for that. Most of the stories are pretty good - I remember some made me cry but I don't remember which. Though some stories will still, from time to time, flash in my mind. Like the one about the guy who gets shot by a hitchhiker he picked up. Only he doesn't die and, astoundingly, convinces the guy who shot him to let him live. He promises never to tell anyone, and offers his forgiveness. And the shooter, seeing a chance to redeem himself, takes him to the hospital. The storyteller keeps his word and everyone lives happily ever after. Crazy, right?
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SarahEJH, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by SarahEJH)
An insight into our common humanity and the overwhelming power of words -- fears, dreams, the unresolved and the purely comical moments that bind together and bring semblance to life. The uniqueness of an anthology of intimacies (submissions came from ordinary people all across America)gives this collection a strangely confessional feeling. The stories range from topics that include love, death, animals and family. No story is too small or common and most often those are the most revelatory. An inspiration to every person who ever wanted to share a story and a gift to those who miss the voice of the storyteller in their lives.
I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project
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by The Boston Globe,
“A powerful book, one in which strangers share with you their darkest secrets, their happiest memories, their fears, their regrets. To read these essays is to look into hearts, to see life from other viewpoints, to live vicariously.”
by Us Weekly (starred review),
“Unforgettable testimonials of human resilience. Moving and amusing dispatches from across America.”
by The Times-Picayune,
“Human foibles and frailties, laughter and tears....We are all hearing — and telling — stories all the time, especially now, in these days when life itself seems so fragile and precious. But Paul Auster's wonderful efforts, choosing these fine stories, have given us a timely and invaluable reminder of what it means to listen — to really listen — to America talking.”
by Publishers Weekly (starred review),
“Finally, a bathroom book worthy of Pulitzer consideration: the one-to-three-page stories gathered in this astonishing, addictive collection are absolute gems.”
by The Guardian (UK),
“It is difficult to think of another book published this year, and probably any book to be published next year, that is so simple and so obvious, so excellent in intention and so elegant in its execution, and which displays such wisdom and such knowledge of human life in all its varieties. It is also difficult to think of a book that is so stark a reminder that human experience can be horrid and utterly unbelievable, and which therefore answers so precisely to our current needs and circumstances.”
by Library Journal (starred review),
“As this collection ably proves, we all shape experience into stories, and Auster has done a storyteller's job himself of grouping these pieces effectively. Highly recommended.”
by Neil Schmitz, Buffalo News,
"Wherever you go on this handsome anthology, the tale is taut, quick and has a payoff, a punch line. I Thought My Father Was God is a huge national family history."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"These stories have their own sly power. They remind us of what real life is....They are raw stories, and that's their strength as truth."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Encompasses the comic and the tragic, the absurd and the surreal, the mundane and the ethereal."
The true-life stories in this unique collection provide "a window into the American mind and heart" (The Daily News). One hundred and eighty voices — male and female, young and old, from all walks of life and all over the country — talk intimately to the reader. Combining great humor and pathos this remarkable selection of stories from the thousands submitted to NPR's Weekend All Things Considered National Story Project gives the reader a glimpse of America's soul in all its diversity.
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