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The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure Paperback – January 3, 2012
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The turning points, revelations, epiphanies, dramatic changes, the opening or closing of a door—in a life, a career, a love—can occur in a single glorious, terrible, unpredictable, serendipitous, crucial, calamitous, chaotic, amazing . . . Moment.
The creators of the enormously popular Not Quite What I Was Planning and Six-Word Memoir series now offer stories of the Moment—the one-time chances, unexpected coincidences, and sudden catastrophes that made all the difference in the story of one life.
The results are triumphant, outrageous, heartwarming, heartbreaking, embarrassing, illuminating, and inspiring—life-changing moments from contributors Dave Eggers, Diane Ackerman, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill Ayers, Jennifer Egan, A. J. Jacobs, Judy Collins, and many more.
About the Author
LARRY SMITH is an adjunct associate professor of economics at the University of Waterloo and a recipient of the University of Waterloo’s Distinguished Teacher Award. During his longstanding tenure, Smith has taught and counselled more than 23,000 students on the subject of their careers, representing more than 10 percent of UW’s alumni. Smith has worked with more than 500 teams of student entrepreneurs, advising them as they have created companies of significant size and success across industries as broad-reaching as communications, software, robotics, entertainment, design and real estate. Smith is also president of Essential Economics Corporation, an economic consulting practice that serves a wide range of public and private clients. “Why You Will Fail to have a Great Career,” his TEDx Talk based on his experience counselling students, has been viewed by over six million people.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is such an inspiring book of essays! It is full of famous and not so famous people relating what moment in their lives was truly something that had a great impact on their lives and the lives of others, even if they didn't realize it at the time. The stories are honest and reflective in a way that can be most surprising to the reader. Each one has somewhat of an Ah Ha moment where the author describes an occurrence of an event that at the time, really didn't seem that important but when they look back upon it, it is special indeed.
I think my favorite one is Melissa Etheridge relating her singing A Piece of My Heart on an award show while she was undergoing cancer treatment at the time. She didn't see it as anything important at the time, but that performance gave strength to breast cancer survivors everywhere. She did it while not looking her best and with no hair. There are alot of little things this book offers most of which, is the wonderful attitude of those who have just done things and then thought about them later. You can easily pick this one up read a few pages and then reread the same pages and get even more out of the stories.
So by the time I began reading this book, I had, perhaps understandably, practically given up all hope that Larry Smith was capable of editing a book that I would find worth reading. However, I was pleasantly surprised and am happy to say that my tenacity was rewarded!
I love the fact that there are biographical blurbs for each and every contributor at the end of the book, sequenced in order of appearance. Reading these before reading each author's selection enhanced my enjoyment of the text.
Perhaps the quality of the writing in this book has something to do with the fact that most of the selections were written by WRITERS (as in people who make a living by knowing how to use words well). Although each selection is brief, they are not absurdly so (which cannot be said for the "6 Word" series). These narratives seem to have a more intense emotional impact in some cases simply because they are so concise and condensed.Read more ›
My only (minor) complaint is that I wish the bios of the writers came directly after each story, because it was really cool to hear about who each writer was. Flipping back and forth, not easy on a kindle.
Besides that, keep it coming!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love short stories. I love essays. And I love learning things about people. In fact, I confess that I used to subscribe to People magazine. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Julee Rudolf
Really great mix of stories funny, tragic, moving, you name it. Most are easy reads.Published 9 months ago by Richard L. Holloway
Readers Digest material only even more condensed for our short attention spansPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
A fun, interesting read. Great to pick up and put down and for in-between reads. Would buy again.Published 14 months ago by Two Cents
It seems that I can't help finding typos and other errors as I read a book. This book had very few errors that I saw or remembered. Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Charlotte R. Mitchell
As might be expected from a collection of very short memoirs by 125 people, there is considerable variation in quality. Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by Anson Cassel Mills
The stories were so diverse even with the common theme of "the moment." I loved the book! I've already recommended it to friends.Published on August 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The Moment is just that...stories from different writers about some moment in their life that was signficant to them. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by jonny_r