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“The exercise in brevity certainly inspires.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Perfect for the American attention span...Will thrill minimalists and inspire maximalists.” (Vanity Fair)

“The brilliance is in the brevity.” (New York Post)

“Irresistibly clever.” (Chicago Tribune)

“You could spend a lifetime brainstorming.” (The New Yorker)

“The pithiest of life stories.” (O magazine)

“A perfect distraction and inspiration, and a collection that begs to be shared.” (Denver Post)

“Compulsive reading...as insightful as any 300+ page biography.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Six-word review: Buy it, keep it in bathroom.” (Philadelphia Magazine)

About the Author

SMITH Magazine founding editor Larry Smith has worked as an editor at Men's Journal, ESPN: The Magazine, and Might. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Popular Science, on Salon.com, and many other places. Larry lives in New York City



Rachel Fershleiser is SMITH's memoir editor and has written for the Village Voice, the New York Press, Print, and the National Post. Rachel lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061714623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061714627
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very entertaining and thought provoking book. Perfect for when you do not have alot of time to devote to reading, but still want to read something stimulating. I read it while recuperating. It was great because I did not have the energy to concentrate for long periods.
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I'm not famous and I'm obscure. However, I am a proud contributor to this wonderful, little, book. It's filled with, serious, funny, sad, frustrating, and clever, "Six Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak." It's a great book, and definitely a conversation starter. You can enjoy it yourself, or read it out loud. Pretty soon you'll be thinking of your own tales of love.
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The new memoirs in the Love and Heartbreak edition are very entertaining. For the most part they are witty or emotional, but not super cheesy, as you might expect from a love-themed book.
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Great idea! Basis? Hemingway's famous six.

"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn." (Ernest Hemingway)

My favorites, some funny, some poignant.

Loved. Lost. Cried. Raged. Chocolate. Next. (Jackie Childress)

Married by Elvis. Divorced by Friday. (G.M. Rouse)

Bad idea being wife number four. (M.J. Miller)

She wanted Gatsby. Got "Gets By." (Beth Connellan)

Siren wooed. Sailor swooned. Man overboard! (Jim Ruland)

Only 130 pages, 6 words per.

Too short. Wanted more. 3 stars,

Give more stories. Get more stars.
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the smith mag folks did it again! the six-word format on love and heartbreak is every bit as smart and fresh as the first. the stories are uncannily moving, profound, and funny. i buy these books 10 at a time. totally original, cheap and fun dinner party presents. we pass them around and read the memoirs. addictive.
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This is a fantastic book of Love and Heartbreak. You can pick it up at anytime and lay it down, knowing that you will be entertained by reading for five minutes or two hours. It is amazing how these memoirest are able to do so well with only six words.
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In just 6 little words one can "hear" the heartbreak many have experienced in their lives just as loudly as the joyfulness of new or abiding love. I resonated with every one, and have written my own.

A great follow-up to Not Quite What I Was Planning.

I give these as gifts.
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Ernest Hemingway was once challenged in a bar to write a story in only six words, a novel that would tell the whole story, and he wrote, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." I came across the Six-Word Memoirs project after reading an article in SMITH Magazine about a contest requesting that people submit a six-word stories about themselves or their lives, which became the inspiration for the book Not Quite What I Was Planning, Revised and Expanded Deluxe Edition: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, after Ernest Hemingway's six-word memoir.

Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: by Writers Famous and Obscure are personal accounts about the highs and low of love and romance, which are not mutually exclusive. I found all of the stories to be beautiful, heartbreaking and truthful in their simplicity. The impact that six small words carry in its message to the reader is uplifting or can impart a small opportunity to commiserate with a kindred spirit who's traveled the weary road of lost loves.

In my search to find a book that reminded me about the importance of Love in one's life, I stumbled across this one just before Valentine's Day. Here is my own six-word memoir on love and heartbreak, immortalized forever on Amazon.com, "The journey is in the chance."
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