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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: 6 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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It's a great book, and definitely a conversation starter.
Winnie Shrader
This is a great collection of what you can find for free on the internet on sites like FML.
Christy Leigh Stewart
Bright wisdom from amateurs who sound more like pros on the subject.
Jeannette R. MacDougall

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Viola Paluzzi on February 9, 2009
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Winnie Shrader on February 9, 2009
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Obscure Six Word Author on January 26, 2009
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Friedman on February 17, 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret H VINE VOICE on February 8, 2012
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Jeanette Cheezum on January 7, 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Carter on January 28, 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 28, 2011
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This is one of those books I will read over and over again. Not only is the format cleaver, so many of the entries reminded me of my own experiences, some bringing smiles, some tears.
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