I am almost done reading a book called The Moth Presents: All These Wonders. It was given to me this summer by my supervisor at my internship, which meant so much to me because it felt so personal and meaningful. Inside the front cover, she had left me a note, with the ultimate message being to find the power in the uncertainty. As someone who has a later job application process than most and who still doesn’t know what I will be doing with my life after graduation, I am reassured every time I read this message. It reminds me to make the most of every moment and to embrace life’s uncertainties rather than fear them.
But let’s get back to the book. I highly recommend it to anyone who finds themselves with little free time to read during college but still misses the nostalgic and comforting feeling of turning physical pages and letting your mind paint a picture of different worlds. All These Wonders is an anthology book comprised of various short stories, which are real and true and told from the authentic point of view of those who lived through them. The Moth is a non-profit group based in New York City that was founded with the purpose of bringing interesting people to tell their stories in front of audiences of eager listeners. This book is the transcribed version of these stories, each told at a different Moth event with a different theme. I have yet to look up videos of these talks online and I wonder if hearing them would give me a very different experience than reading them, but I do like the fact that I can hang onto every detail with the written word.
These stories present such a wide variety of experiences, and while reading them I have experienced an incredibly wide range of emotions: heartbreak, hilarity, fear, discomfort, joy, and more. It’s almost jarring to flip the page to the next story, because I could be reading about a dorky prom experience and then immediately be presented with the life story of a child soldier who moved to America. It keeps me alert and interested, though, and I am humbled time and time again after reading. This book has made me think so many times about how lucky I am.
There are stories from David Bowie’s hairdresser, from an individual who narrowly escaped death at a concentration camp, from a mother helping her transgender daughter transition, and so many more. It’s rare for me to be as riveted by a book as I am with this one, and though I have been reading it over a period of months, it’s only a matter of seconds that I am sucked in after opening the book once more.
I highly recommend All These Wonders to anyone looking for a variety of fresh perspectives. I promise you will not regret it!