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Thousands of people around the world responded to SMITH Magazine's call for six-word memoirs. Following up on the smashing success of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning, here are more memoirs from Sarah Silverman, Junot Diaz, Neil Patrick Harris, Suze Orman, Gay Talese, Tony Hawk, Amy Tan—and hundreds of never-before-published writers.
Funny and bittersweet, witty and wild, or downright tragic, these addictive life stories are both monumental and miniscule. Six-word memoirs have become a globalphenomenon, offering anyone and everyone a telling peek at humanity and a chance to find the writer within.
"Father: ‘Anything but journalism.' I rebelled." —Malcolm Gladwell
"Live man's life in woman's body!" —Diane von Furstenberg
"Met wife at her bachelorette party." —Eddie Matz
"The miserable childhood leads to royalties." —Frank McCourt
"I never checked my lottery ticket." —Casey Burra
"Shiny head. Hippie hair. Shiny head." —Wally Lamb
"Bipolar, no two ways about it." —Jason Owen
"So would you believe me anyway?" —James Frey
"Can't look at heart donor's picture." —Tonia Hall
"Healed with steel, then got real." —Dr. Mehmet Oz
"I still practice my Oscar speech." —Jennifer Labbienti
"I've done it all except hear." —Marlee Matlin
I read this book in one sitting - it's super short and very fun to read.
The reader will find that you can make a sound statement, judgement or comment without being wordy or long-winded, and the few words can make immediate good sense.
Interspersed with text memoirs are graphic memoirs which brings an interesting aspect to the book.
Love Larry, and his wife Piper. Actually, my friend is in the book and I went to a reading from some of these amazing people, it was wonderful.Published 13 months ago by Kimberly Carvajal
Although this one isn't quite as bad as the teen edition ("I Can't Keep My Own Secrets"), it's still pretty bad. Read morePublished 13 months ago by B. J. Ford
I wish this reviewing page would allow a review to only contain 6 words. It really makes you think. It's a very interesting way to sum up. Various topics.Published 19 months ago by Inlovewithamazon
this book and others with the same content are great...they make you think in short terms and feel in long terms...so much for so littlePublished on August 22, 2012 by N. Gomes
The service was great.....I wasn't as enthusiastic about the book as much as I thought I'd be.......Nobodies fault......I'll keep trying. Thanks Al T.Published on December 5, 2011 by Al J. Thiery
Why not allow six word reviews?
Six words tells an awful lot.
YOU need to write six words.
A book of six words captivates.
A fun rendition of creating a memoir or a situation in six words - legend has it that Hemingway was challenged to write a short novel in only six words. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by Joseph H. Race
It seems impossible to capture a life in six words. The challenge Smith Magazine put out was to do that. Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by Eileen Granfors