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The 10 Most Popular Narratively Stories of 2016
A Night Flirting at the Bar with New York’s Premier Professional Wing Woman
Hostel People #11: I Could Feel Myself Getting Older. Something Had to Be Done.
My Secret Life on the Front Lines of America’s Conservation Movement
The Lurid Legend of Panama’s Wife-Swapping Streetfighters
How I Learned to Love Being Aromantic
There Is No Christmas in Iraq This Year
Editors' Picks: The Best Narratively Stories of 2016
The Flying Santas Who Airdrop Christmas Cheer to America’s Lighthouse Keepers
Jerusalem, Before and After Converting to Orthodox Judaism
That Christmas When Mom Called Dad a Miserable Jew and He Called Her a Nazi Pig
Hostel People #10: The World’s Second-Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Card Player Is Hungry for Revenge
How Trump Seduced the White Working Class By Preying on Their Physical Pain
Tulum Was the Perfect Place to Escape Wedding Planning...So Perfect We Eloped
This Long Island Drag Queen Was North America’s Top Tupperware Seller—Until She Came Out as Trans
Make 'Em Think Santa’s Lighting Designer Is On Your Payroll
The Millennials of Afghanistan Have Never Known a World Without War. So Why Are These Kids So Hopeful?
This Tiny Box Can Keep 1 in 4 American Adults Out of Work
She Killed Her Abuser Before He Could Kill Her—Then Served 17 Years. Now She’s Taking on the System.
Our 2016 Was a Year From Hell. Here’s Why I’m Grateful It Was So Hard.
I Was Heartbroken to See a Modern-Day Metropolis Instead of the Idyllic Goa I Remembered
Hostel People #9: Growing Up We Had Nothing and War Was Everywhere. Now I Travel the World and Have It All.
'Truthers' Insist My Photos of Sandy Hook Were Faked. They Can Go to Hell.
I Have Exploding Head Syndrome. This Is What It Feels Like to Hear Gunshots In Your Mind.
How One Fast Food Superfan Brought a Beloved Cult Chain Back From the Dead
This Millennial Makes More Money Posting Selfies From Bed Than You Do at Your 9-to-5
After the Ghost Ship Fire, Looking Back on Thirty Years in the Warehouses of Oakland
Winter Is Coming: Eight Stories That Will Chill You to the Bone
The Quiet Death of the Man Who Built America’s Electric Chairs
Our Dog Would Eat Anything. This Time the Takeout Fought Back.
Hostel People #8: The Skyscrapers Tried to Expel Me
I Kid You Not: My Arm Was Eaten By An Escalator
This Obsessive Utah Artist Spent a Half-Century Building a Personal Shrine
My Dog Insisted I Go Crotchless
The Secret Story of the POWs Who Tunneled Through a Toilet to Freedom
Fidel Was Robin Hood. Fidel Was a Monster.
Welcome to the 'American Idol' of Hair Styling
My Magical First Job Running Wild in an Indonesian Zoo
I Had Extreme Postpartum Depression. Don’t You Dare Call It the Baby Blues.
Our Puppy’s Guide to Digesting an Entire Wedding Album
Hostel People #7: How This Botox Belle Became a Yogi Goddess of Liberation
Step Inside Madam Jones’ Bawdy Blue House of 19th-Century Pleasure
The Lovable, Loudmouth King of NYC Basketball
Fidel Castro Is Dead. What Will Cuban-Americans Like Me Do Now?
My High School Girlfriend Became America’s Most Wanted Drug Queenpin
My Father’s Dying Days Showed Me There’s No Such Thing As ‘Death With Dignity’
5 Family Feuds That Will Make Your #Trumpsgiving Look Easy as Pumpkin Pie
The Man Who’s Building Homes From Plastic Bottles
Hostel People #6: How the Vietnam War Prepared Me for the Appalachian Trail
That Time We Discovered Dad Was a Lying, Cheating Nudist
What It’s Really Like When a Prison ‘Lifer’ Gets a New Shot at Life
I Found My Grandparents’ Sorrow Buried in a Trove of Forgotten Letters
Driving Faster Than God on Utah’s Disappearing Salt Flats
Every EMT Has One Day That Changed Their Life. This Was Mine.
Long Before Internet Porn, This Pervy Pixelated Playground Prevailed
Hostel People #5: The Lovely Luck of Being Pooped on by a Pigeon
What Does a Therapist Do When She Has Turmoil of Her Own?
The Former Slave Who Became an Executioner
This Transgender Bodybuilder Is Crushing Barriers in Vietnam
6 Smile-Inducing Stories to Help You Look Beyond the Election
I’m a Fifty-Year-Old Mom. I Just Had Sex in the Back Seat of a Car.
I Was 38 Weeks Pregnant When I Fired My Doctor
When Your Farm Becomes a War Zone
Hostel People #4: Oh, That Scar On My Forehead? Just a Little Run-in with a Livid Leopard.
The Hidden History of Gas Station Bathrooms, By a Man Who Cleans Them
Why Women Keep Asking Me to Be Their Brides-man
This Trailblazing Feminist Was the First Woman in the New World to Demand Her Right to Vote
The Hardest Working Trump Impersonator in Showbiz
Before Trump, This Governor Set the Gold Standard for Outrageous Politicians
These Amateur Fact-Checkers Took on Their Country’s Lying Politicians
These Crazy-Determined Runners Have Each Finished Fifty Marathons in Fifty States
Hostel People #3: The First Time That Times Square Has Ever Stopped an Anxiety Attack
This Cop Made It His Mission to Fight Islamophobia. Then His Family Was Targeted.
I’m a World Champion in Backwards Running
Killer Croutons...and Other Ways My Wheat-Allergic Cousin Has Nearly Died
This One-Eyed, Insult-Spewing Senator Was the Donald Trump of the 1890s
Haunting Narratives: 7 Ghostly Stories for Halloween Weekend
I Was 12 and Suicidal. Cleaning Cat Piss for a Year Made Me Realize I Wasn’t Worthless.
This Political Consultant Found His True Calling — by Becoming Teddy Roosevelt
Hostel People #2: Still a Buck for a Cherry Ice? At Least One Price Stayed the Same!
This Presidential Speech on Race Shocked the Nation…in 1921
The Most Hardcore ‘Macbeth’ to Ever Grace a Stage
The Embattled Bad Boy of Major League Baseball
The Man Who Vowed to Make New Amsterdam Great Again
I Met My Long-Lost Brother…And I Was Overcome With Lust
Did I Kill Anyone in Iraq? The Truth Is, I’ll Never Know.
Confessions From My Bubbe's America
Hostel People #1: A Crazy Man Punched Me…Welcome to New York!
Shhh! My Not-So-Quiet Life as a Librarian with Tourette’s
Why Do These Straight Men Want Nothing to Do With Women?
Us: 'We're Getting Married!' Them: 'How Can You Be So Selfish?!'
The Thrill-Seeking Bodysurfers of California’s Most Terrifying Wave
World Food Day Roundup: 6 Stories About the Battle Against Hunger
Why I’ve Always Been Silent About Israel and Palestine. And Why I’m Speaking Out Now.
Pauline Hanson is the Donald Trump of Australia
This Native American Trans Beauty Queen Is Reviving an Ancient Tradition
I Was a Young, Broke Lawyer When I Found the Perfect Job On Craigslist
The Extreme Travelers Who Self-Exile in Siberia
20 Years Ago Today, I Helped Launch Foxnews.com
Fighting South Korea’s Suicide Crisis With Fake Funerals
The Super-Secret Outlaw Doula in Backwoods California
This is What Sound Looks Like
What's a Nice Jewish Boy Like You Doing at a Mosque Like This?
How to Mourn a Sexually Abusive Father
Nine Narratively New Beginnings
I Was a Hells Angel for 40 Years. This is the One Time I Doubted the Outlaw Lifestyle.
That Time a Guy Asked Me to Channel My Novel’s Protagonist On Our Creepy First Date
Iran Unveiled: The Street Photography Collective That Shows the Softer Side of Iran
She Had an Abortion Without Telling Me. Is That Ok?
A 93-Year-Old Icon of Photography Contemplates His Legacy
A Racist Runs Through It
My Baby Was Stillborn. But I Refuse to Hide Him From the World.
Grandma, You’ll Want These Selfies for Your Funeral
Meet the Star Wars Fanatic Fighting to Save Brazil from Environmental Destruction
I Was Crushed By an 18-Wheeler. But I Wouldn’t Change a Thing About That Day.
8 Narratively Stories of Long, Hard 'Falls'
I Used to Terrorize This Neighborhood. Can I Give You a Tour?
Babies For Sale: The Secret Adoptions That Haunt One Georgia Town
The Most Offensive Thing My Therapist Ever Said to Me
Secret Life of a Seven-Year-Old Instagram Star
When You Die, I’ll Be There to Take Your Stuff
I Had an Emergency Appendectomy in Egypt…So Why Do I Still Have My Appendix?
Five Strangers Picked to Live in a House and Play Video Games All Day Long
Why Gay Sex in a Park is Still Popular
I Was Taught to Hate My Lesbian Neighbors. They Took Me In Anyway.
I Started Taking Zoloft Five Years Ago. I Haven’t Felt Sexual Sensation Since.
Training the Next Generation of American Oil Workers…For Jobs That Don’t Exist
10 People Who Truly Deserve a Day Off: A Narratively Best-Of Collection
Thirty Years Ago I Watched My Friend’s Father Drown. I Think About It Every Time My Children Go Near Water.
A Doula for Every Birth—and Every Abortion
And Now, Time for a Comic About Abortion Doulas
My Inspiring Year Uncovering Forgotten African-American Graves
Too Rich to Be Poor, Too Poor to Get By
That Time I Tried to Be a Stripper…But Pepper-Sprayed Myself in the Face
This Undertaker Buries the Bodies Nobody Else Will Touch
My Family’s House Burned Down…Twice. Then the Bank Took It Away.
An Imam Was Shot Dead on the Streets of Queens. We Spoke to the Man Who Washed His Bullet-Ridden Body.
Meet the Enterprising Ecuadorian Street Vendors...of Istanbul
Healing Hasidic Masturbators and Adulterers — With Psychiatric Drugs
I Was a Hard-Nosed Amateur Boxer. Now I’m a Buddhist Monk.
Contributors' Picks: 6 Writers on Their Favorite Narratively Stories
Meet the 16-Year-Old Leader Of OCCUPY Rio’s Fiercest Standoff
I Made My 16-Year-Old Watch the Video of His Birth
Before Marriage Was an Option, These Gay Couples Adopted Each Other
The Women in My Family Had to Be Good With Money
How 26 Elvises Taught Me to ‘Follow That Dream’
Editors' Picks: 6 Stories of Champions, Far From the Olympic Arena
What Have You Done With My Husband?
I Survived the Razor Blade
The Last Time New York Was Hardcore
Could I Ever Abandon My Disabled Son?
Just Another Day Dodging Storms and Raising Babies on a Wild Alaska Tugboat
Editors' Picks: 6 Narratively Stories That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity
The Camera That’s Flipping Stereotypes of Fatherhood Upside Down
I’m Not an Asian Stereotype, But I Play One on TV
Becoming a Widow…Just As I Was About to Get Divorced
Confessions of a Jewel Mule: That Time I Smuggled a Fortune in Precious Gems Through US Customs
The Donald Trump of the 1840s
7 Adorable Dog Stories to Get You Through the Dog Days
I Wanted to Be His Prized Possession
Can San Francisco Stop Public Urination with Paint That Pees Back?
Why This Band of NYC Men Love Painting Each Other in the Nude
An Aging WWII Refugee: 'We Can’t Turn Our Backs on the Refugees of Today'
Confessions of a Failed Timeshare Saleswoman
Editors' Picks: Narratively's 10 Best Music Stories
Meet the Elite Air Force Bomb Squad That Defuses…Cannonballs from the Civil War
Shadowing My Gregarious GOP Grandma at the Republican National Convention
Can This App Help Syrian Refugees Survive in Exile?
Stalin Exiled These Two Sisters To Kazakhstan. A Lifetime Later, They’re Finally Breaking Their Silence.
There’s a Mathematical Equation That Proves I’m Ugly — Or So I Learned in My Seventh Grade Art Class
Editors' Picks: Narratively's 6 Best Stories of Camping Out
Drought Destroyed Their Fields. But When These Farmers Asked For Aid, They Got Shot.
How the Intimacy of Massage Helped Me Recover From Childhood Trauma
Riding Shotgun with a Real-Life Mad Max
For the Perfect Jerk Chicken, Fly to Newfoundland
That Time I Made a Doctor with a Broken Leg Hobble Up the Stairs Because I Was a Paranoid Parent
Editors' Picks: The 20 Best Narratively Stories
48 Hours on the Dark Side of Las Vegas
What I Learned About Life By Welcoming My 22 Kids and Grandkids Into This World
That Time I Met Bill Clinton…And He Stole My Favorite Pen
Why I Apologized to My Rapist
That Time I Dated — and Dumped — a Nice Guy Just to See What It Was Like
War Heroes, Immigrant Lives and Lady Liberty: The 6 Best Narratively Stories About Freedom
‘You’re So Pumped You Could Fight an Alligator’: The Promise and Pain of Pro Bull Riding
Why It Feels So Damn Good to Laugh at a Funeral
Inside the Mind of a Die-Hard Prepper
I Was an Angry Men’s Rights Activist. Now I’m a Fierce Feminist.
I Thought I Knew Everything About Autism—Until It Hit My Own Son
I Was a Cop for 31 Years. This Is the One Night That Still Haunts Me.
Pride and Prejudice: The Eight Best Narratively Stories of the LGBTQ Experience
I’m Gay. That Means I Have AIDS, Right?
How One Bolivian Hospital Is Battling Maternal Mortality—By Reaching Back Thousands of Years
Things My Dying Sister Taught Me: Live Freely. Love Openly. And Never Wear Beige.
That Time I Hit a Parked Car—and Just Walked Away
Why I’ll Never Date a Man Whose Skin Looks Like Mine
They Couldn't Afford a Haircut. This Former Inmate Changed That.
The Good, The Bad and the Fatherly: Narratively's Best Stories of Fatherhood
He Runs Rocky-Mountain Marathons With a Donkey. It Was the Perfect Preparation for Being a Dad.
A Chicago Cop Killed My Son. Five Years Later, I’m Still Seeking Answers.
Visiting My Dead Dad on Google Street View
Single Woman Seeks Responsible, Caring, Tough…Uncle
My Dad, the Master Calf Castrator
My Father's Four Years of Passionate and Earnest Love Letters — to Jamba Juice
The Diehard Fans of Belmont
I Got Kicked Out of Camp
Lies I Told At Camp
The Nighttime Incident and the Mysterious Log
Forces To Reckon With
Ice Cream, Swimming and Stoops: The Best Narratively Stories of Summer
The Path to Triple Crown Glory Is Through a Horse's Heart
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace My ‘My Little Pony’ Obsession
I Was 20 Weeks Pregnant When They Told Me My Baby Might Never Be Able to Walk
The Man Who Saves Carousel Horses from the Glue Factory
That Time I Tried to Murder My Dog
This Native American Cowboy is Turning Up the Heat in Wyoming’s Prisons—And the Inmates Love It.
Ripe Tomatoes: The Best Narratively Movie Stories
I Was Paralyzed with Irrational Postpartum Paranoia. Then the Terrorists Came.
What It Feels Like to Hold the First 60 Seconds of a New Life in My Hands
On This Reservation, Cannabis Is the New Casino
This Exiled Musician is Reclaiming the Sounds of War-Torn Darfur—In the Arctic Circle
Zika Patients Are Coming Down With a Rare and Paralyzing Disorder. I Had it 13 Years Ago.
Theater of Dreams: The Best Narratively Sports Stories
Digging Up Lee Harvey Oswald
My Brother Burned Our House Down—and Now I Understand Why
This Woman Watches an Ungodly Amount of Porn…Because It’s Her Job
I Was Adopted—When I Was 41
You’ve Just Been Released From the Largest Detention Center in America. This Is Your Next Stop.
I Was Ready to Go to Prison for My Anti-War Beliefs. Then One Man Changed My Life.
The People Who Make Pimlico Run
American War Stories
My Dad Oversaw Sound for the Super Bowl. So the Audio at His Funeral Needed to be Epic.
Meet the World’s Greatest Batting Stance Imitator
How Uncle Billy Saved My Family—By Going to the Slammer
How to Catch a Cat Killer
I Went to the Hospital to Give Birth…And Tested Positive for Meth
My Family Fled Communist Cuba. Last Week I Took a Cruise There.
Very Superstitious: A Selection of Narratively's Spookiest Stories
The Day I Discovered I Had a Secret Sister
The First Time I Said ‘No’ to My Drug-Addicted Mom
Secret Life of a Medieval Fight Club Warrior
When Your Hometown Becomes a Permanent Battlefield
My First Visit to See Dad in Prison
The Buffalo Brigade Protecting Yellowstone’s Noble Beasts
The Curbside Hustlers of Churchill Downs
Mum's the Word: The Best Narratively Stories About Motherhood
The Secrets in My Mother’s Nightstand
How to Bury a War
The Greatest Bourbon Ever Stolen
My Psychic Told Me to Date a Psychopath
Is California’s Cottage Cannabis Industry About to Go Up in Smoke?
My Son’s Mystery Medical Condition and Our Family’s Brave New World
The Day I Realized I Could Never Make My Mom Grow Up
Jew-anced: A Narratively Exploration Of Modern-Day Judaism
Happily Ever Afterbirth
'Drinker with a Writing Problem'
The Ugandan Dictator and the Louisiana Crayfish
Putting My Camera Down, and Finally Mourning My Parents
Hunting Among Wolves
The Day I Told My Father to Shoot Himself
High Points: The Best Narratively Weed Stories
Nine Years Ago, the Cops Came for My Father
The Milkman Cometh
Should Pro Athletes Have to Keep off the Grass?
The Painful Reality of Marriage After Alzheimer’s
The Passion of Hobo Hank
Is This the Future of Lacrosse?
My Life Sentence of Shame
The Resurrection of Ringmaster Chakravarthy
How The First Church of Cannabis Got Serious
My Mom Had a Massive Stroke Two Weeks Ago
I Rejected My Prosthetic Hand and Finally Learned to Love Myself
Who You Calling Chicken Legs Now?
A Cuban Prodigy and the King of Instruments
Fleeing My Own Father
Where Were You, When Men Were Men?
My Life on (Simulated) Mars
The Village That Turns Bombs Into Spoons
What a Double Life-Sentence Feels Like, to a Daughter Left Behind
Who Wants to Be a Mama’s Boy?
Shooting While Sleepwalking
Where Jail Has No Bars
I Thought Sex Work Would Be Empowering and Feminist. I Was Dead Wrong.
I Was a Child Soldier—and I Never Stopped Fighting
The Extraordinary Story of Prisoner 16389067
The Fear of Losing Everything in the Blink of an Eye
Why Are So Many French Farmers Taking Their Own Lives?
The Godfather of Brooklyn’s Feral Parrot Colony
Secret Life of a Sexy Waiter at the All-Male Answer to Hooters
Portrait of an Artist in an Endless War
The Soul-Crushing Reality of the Stay-at-Home Dad
Inside a Social Club Where Black Lives Always Matter
The Trail of Blood That Changed My Life
The White-Boy Comic Who Crushed the ‘Chitlin Circuit’
Single, Gay and Ready for Fatherhood
The Brooklyn Fashionista with a Hijab for Every Occasion
I Was Huge in Taiwan—For Two Months
Capturing the Overwhelming and Inspiring Reality of Working Moms
Confessions of a Failed Self-Help Guru
Confessions of a Phony Telephone Psychic
Meet a Kurdish Commander Who Stares Down ISIS Every Day
That Time I Almost Had to Saw My Kitty’s Mitts Off
How to Talk to a Loved One Who Has No Words
Apology To My Sister
Am I Dreaming?
The Great Ankle Weight
Return to Rikers
Two Men. Two Planes. One Race to Conquer the World.
I Paid Off My Student Loans…and All I Had to Do Was Win a Mercedes-Benz
Mr. Ince and the Hope of Being Needed
The Guatemala Guerrilla Who Never Stopped Fighting
Walking a Cabbage in Kashmir—to Protest the Absurdity of War
The Drab Ukrainian Office Block That Birthed a Revolution
Flirting with Fame and Dodging a Predator in 1970s Iran
The Reckoning of the Wheat
An English Teacher’s Escape from ISIS
Narratively In Love
The Dual Lives of Cape Town’s Congolese Dandies
The Most Raucous, Mystical, Sensual All-Night Wedding New York City Has Ever Seen
How a Homeless Stint in High School Brought My Family Together
Secret Life of an Old-School New York Bookie
Bringing a Bite of Old Brooklyn to Ukraine
Spreading Nuyorican Pride From His Tricked-Out Tricycle Ride
The Fearless Eco-Vigilante of Cambodia’s Troubled Waters
Bach to the Future in a Nairobi Slum
Why I Quit the Army
The Hole in the Sheet
My Acerbic Aerobics Class with O.J. Simpson
Going Deep With the Raiders Superfans Benched by Betrayal
Searching for the Nazi Who Saved My Mother’s Life
Playing ‘Street Fighter’ With the Chinese Mafia
The Luckiest Unlucky Woman in Wartime Sarajevo
What I Learned While Exposing Myself on LiveJournal
My Semester With the Host Mom From Hell
How I Came to Terms With My Secret Sex-Work Past
Visualizing The Overlooked Legacy of Mass Incarceration
Meet the World’s Youngest Female Monster Truck Driver
I’ve Always Been Hungry
The Grandchildren of Genocide
Surprise, My Gay Dad is Sexist!
The Roaming Beach Kids of Byron Bay
The Country That Was Orphaned by Emigration
The Disappearing Nuns of Italy
Luxury Cruising in the Wake of Refugees
Where Hair Pullers Like Me Are Not Alone
The Al Gore of Polynesia
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