Stories that reflect how societies think, behave, believe, dress, create art, and work give us a window into diverse cultures.

Culture Chapters

After a long illness, is death a welcome event?

When Lewy Bodies implant themselves in a human brain it's like beetles that begin to infest a maple tree. Soon nature takes a different course.

Is a person, whose ability to speak is diminished by illness, able to speak to her husband with her eyes only?

When an ill person cannot properly open her eyes, why do people doubt that she's really having trouble?

Memories are the stuff of life, but what happens when a brain illness makes them impossible to retrieve?

Culture Audios

Do you know the background of "Little Women?" Meet Louisa May Alcott and learn how she based her still-famous story on her real-life family.

Lehua, a young noble Hawaiian comes of age, the preface.

Cowboys of the "Old West" sang songs about their work (and the trouble they got into). This is an example.

Carole Bos, founder and Chief Creative Officer at AwesomeStories provides background about the site and its mission.

NOTES from UNDERGROUNDBy Fyodor DostoevskyTranslation by Andrew R.

Culture Audio Narrations

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Margaret Mitchell found the title for her new book in the lines of an 1891 poem.

Margaret Mitchell was a flirt who had lots of suitors. Did she create Scarlett O'Hara in her own likeness?

Margaret Mitchell published one novel in her lifetime. How Gone with the Wind came about is a story unto itself.

Not only was he a brilliant composer, Beethoven was also a brilliant pianist.

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