A New York Time's Editor's Choice
A Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Finalist
Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. It’s easy to say that humans are “wired” for story, but why?
In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues that stories help us navigate life’s complex social problems—just as flight simulators prepare pilots for difficult situations. storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival.
“A JAUNTY AND INSIGHTFUL NEW BOOK…[THAT] CELEBRATE[S] OUR COMPULSION TO STORIFY EVERYTHING AROUND US”
The New York Times
Editor's Choice Selection
“A new book explains why humans like to spin yarns—and why we’re so likely to stretch the truth when we do”