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Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: by Writers Famous and Obscure
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Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: by Writers Famous and Obscure

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by Larry Smith, Rachel Fershleiser
 

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Love wounds the heart and soul . . .

From the editors of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning comes another collection of terse true tales—this time simple sagas exploring the complexities of the human heart. Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak contains hundreds of personal stories about the pinnacles and

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Love wounds the heart and soul . . .

From the editors of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning comes another collection of terse true tales—this time simple sagas exploring the complexities of the human heart. Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak contains hundreds of personal stories about the pinnacles and pitfalls of romance. Brilliant in their brevity, these insightful slivers of passion, pain, and connection capture every shade of love and loss—six words at a time.

Editorial Reviews

O magazine
“The pithiest of life stories.”
Chicago Tribune
“Irresistibly clever.”
The New Yorker
“You could spend a lifetime brainstorming.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“The exercise in brevity certainly inspires.”
Denver Post
“A perfect distraction and inspiration, and a collection that begs to be shared.”
Vanity Fair
“Perfect for the American attention span...Will thrill minimalists and inspire maximalists.”
New York Post
“The brilliance is in the brevity.”
O Magazine
"The pithiest of life stories."
Philadelphia Magazine
“Six-word review: Buy it, keep it in bathroom.”
In 2008, the editors of Smith Magazine asked dozens of writers "famous and obscure" to compose six-word memoirs. The resulting book, Not Quite What I Was Planning, became a New York Times bestseller. Now the inquisitive editors are back, armed with a new question. They wanted wordsmiths, old and new, to capture the essence of romance in half a dozen words. This is the result. If you can peruse this book with another person in the room without reading aloud from it, you probably have a deeply seated problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061714627
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/06/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
325,208
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 5.96(h) x 0.33(d)

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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Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: By Writers Famous and Obscure 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Javaqueen More than 1 year ago
What a clever collection! Each memoir is only six words long. And each of those words has been carefully selected to convey powerful thoughts and feelings about love and heartbreak. Check out this memoir by Kyla Town on page 71: "We were roadkill on love's highway." For anyone that has loved and lost, those six words speak volumes. There are many more like this - you'll find yourself reading and exploring this volume from cover to cover.
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