It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure

It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure

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by Larry Smith
     
 

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“A perfect distraction and inspiration, and a collection that begs to be shared. Be warned, though. If you plan to lend out your copy, start out with two. Once it leaves your hands you’ll never see it again.”
Denver Post (on Not Quite What I Was Planning)

The editors of the New York Times bestseller

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“A perfect distraction and inspiration, and a collection that begs to be shared. Be warned, though. If you plan to lend out your copy, start out with two. Once it leaves your hands you’ll never see it again.”
Denver Post (on Not Quite What I Was Planning)

The editors of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning are back with its much-anticipated sequel, It All Changed in an Instant. With contributions from acclaimed authors like Malcolm Gladwell, Frank McCourt, Wally Lamb, Isabel Allende, Junot Diaz, Amy Tan, and James Frey, and celebrities like Sarah Silverman, Suze Orman, Marlee Matlin, Neil Patrick Harris, Ann Coulter, and Chelsea Handler, It All Changed in an Instant presents a thousand more glimpses of humanity. . . six words at a time. In the vein of the popular Post Secret books, It All Changed in an Instant, in the words of Vanity Fair, “will thrill minimalists and inspire maximalists.”

Editorial Reviews

Telegraph
“A fabulously appealing exercise both for writers and for readers.”
Chicago Tribune
“Irresistibly clever.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“I fell so in love with it.”
Toronto Star
“A torrent of self-expression not unlike the one launched by Frank Warren when he began inviting people to write their secrets on the back of postcards.”
The New Yorker
“You could spend a lifetime brainstorming.”
Rocky Mountain News
“Six-word memoirs leave book lover speechless.”
Denver Post
“A perfect distraction and inspiration.”
Vanity Fair
“Will thrill minimalists and inspire maximalists.”
New York Post
“The brilliance is in the brevity.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“American haiku.”
Philadelphia Magazine
“A good number conjure up both a story line and a worldview. Six-word review: Buy it, keep it in bathroom.”
Ira Glass
“Dude’s weird premise yields interesting stories.”
The Oprah Magazine O
“The pithiest of life stories.”
VSL.com
“Six words. Personal stories. Infinite possibilities. These ADD autobiographies prove that brevity can be the soul not simply of wit.”
ReadyMade Magazine
“The petite self-portraits encompass love and love, joy and sorrow-everything you’d expect from a longer book.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061963483
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
497,362
File size:
4 MB

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Ira Glass
“Dude’s weird premise yields interesting stories.”

Meet 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.


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 All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth the dollar I spent on it
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Lawral More than 1 year ago
Like the other six-word memoir books this book will keep you highly entertained for a few hours, if you go at it all at once, or for weeks if you have the self-control to spread out the fun. The list of celebrity contributors is much longer in this book than the first and includes Isabelle Allende, Tony Kushner, Alison Bechdel, Junot Diaz and other well-known authors. Bob Barker (My life story --- spay or neuter.), Neil Patrick Harris (Barney...Doogie...! Average names elude me.), and other mainstream stars' submissions also appear.* "It all changed in an instant" boasts of more artwork than previous books in the series, and the back matter also includes longer stories that expound on or explain some of some of the six-word memoirs throughout the book. Once again, though, the real soul of this book is the stories from people you will never know. Made weird children -- will die proud. (27) Michael Stipe mumbled my formative years. (57) Little me would've liked be me. (84) And because there is always one that hits too close to home: My cat is an ungrateful brat. (108) Book source: review copy from publisher *All page numbers and quotes taken from an advanced uncorrected proof and may not match the published copy.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, often irreverent, with many poignant entries in this entertaining succinct memoir collection. The selected contributors use six words to describe their "thoughts". With commentary like Edward Doerr's "Age twenty-tree, scored pallbearer's hat trick" or "Wife away, pizza today, diet tomorrow" by David Logan, the audience will empathize or laugh with some as for many of us they hit home. Others are sad like Noema Abbott's profound "Tiny son dying in my arms". Best read leisurely over several weeks, It All Changed in an Instant is entertaining yet deep as summed up by Lisa Anne Auburch's "Everything I touch turns to mold" and Brooke Marie Gorman's "Story of my life? bad timing" as compared with the ultimate optimist Phil Skversky when he says: "Alzheimer's meeting new people every day". Readers will appreciate the short and snappy deep collection that includes classic concise Yogi-isms while making up their own - even the shopping list, I critique. Harriet Klausner