Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

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Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
JNF0616_reader More than 1 year ago
This book is very cool. It's funny, inspiring, and poignant. I recommend this book absolutely.
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My life started with her cry....... which is talking about when my sister was born and i heard her crying through the phone on her first day.
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AmyTranchida-writer More than 1 year ago
Not Quite What I Was Planning is a Smith Magazine compilation of six word memoirs. The book idea was inspired by the supposed six word story challenge that Ernest Hemingway once mastered with: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn" (v). I discovered this book while browsing online at Barnes & Noble. I was armed with a gift card and hungry for something fun amidst all of my other graduate reading. Swayed by the title alone, I snapped it up. As I read the one thousand six word memoirs, they gave me a shot in the arm. I was struck by their imagery, poignancy, humor, and tragedy, and amazed at the power of six words to convey text, subtext, and back-story-like haiku, they have an uncanny depth and clarity about them. I wanted to apply that energy to my own work. When I read: "Afraid of becoming like my mother" (44), or "Brought it to a boil, often" (48), or "Revenge is living well, without you" (128), or "Things happen because I see holes" (155), or "The freaks, they always find me" (158), or "Saw the sky and started walking" (187), and "New Yorker: everything pisses me off" (219)-I immediately felt pulled to know more. What is not mentioned is stronger than what is. One after another, these memoirs amuse, enlighten, and entertain. Reading the collection as a whole had a slash and burn effect on me as a writer-I was left thinking: if I cut everything extraneous away and boiled my life down to its essence, what would be the essential kernel? With only six words to capture the whole, it was staggering to think of how many explanations and transitions would have to be left out. As I revised my thesis, this collection helped me to focus on the bones beneath my work. How could I create a skeletal suggestion that the reader would then use to fill in with subtext? I also had to ask myself: what's holding up all that exposition that I'm trimming? What is at the center? What am I trying to say? Not only was this book a very entertaining read, it also gave me succinctness. I now ask myself: if I were only allowed six words to tell my story, what would they be? I use this tool repeatedly as I write. It helps me get the arrow of my intentions closer to its mark. And incidentally, my current six word memoir would read: "Echo-locating self amidst high adventure." I highly recommend this collection! Go ahead, treat yourself!
Debra-Fl More than 1 year ago
I love this book and plan to buy the sequel. These six word memoirs are short yet profound. You will run through many emotions and you have a peek into the lives of others: happy, sad, shock, horror. I used this book as a springboard to have my elementary school students do a six word statement about themselves. The results were amazing. What a great tweet a six word statement would be. I am fascinated by the concept as each day/month/year our six word life snapshot will be different. I would love to see people trying to put in six words their life at this moment and then continue to do it through the many other moments in their life. For non-writers...what a great way to get your life on paper!
Lawral More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection of six-word memoirs from an awesome array of people. Celebrities whose memoirs appear include Aimee Mann, Amy Sedaris, Mitali Perkins and more, but the really great memoirs come from us everyday folk. "Can't read all the time. Bummer." (140) "I love my lady ... and bacon." (127) "I'm ten, and have an attitude." (83) And the story of my life, written in six words by someone else: "I wrote it all down somewhere." (43) This is a quick read that will make you both laugh and think and will leave you with a very dog-eared book of lines to go back to later.
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Ashley- More than 1 year ago
At times, depressing, others touching and completely inspiring. If you liked this, you'd LOVE Post Secret too. :)
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readinsteadofwatchtv More than 1 year ago
I love this book and have given it to many people as gifts! It was very touching to read the 6-word memoirs of famous as well as not-so-famous people. Some are sad, some are funny and entertaining, some are very poignant. It has inspired my friends and me to write several of our own memoirs and share them together. We all agreed that we'd find ourselves thinking of words to describe our lives (or at least parts of life) and silently counting on our fingers to see if we had exactly six words. The book really helped us to know and understand ourselves and each other in new ways and was lots of fun. I highly recommend it.
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MarmaladeRiver More than 1 year ago
...to just 6 words! This is fun. Great for reading in the john, conversation starters, a great party game. I gave a copy for Christmas, and if I can't borrow it back, I'll buy another copy for myself.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Got the book, read it, laughed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just bought a copy and I love it! Full of amazing 6-word stories from hundreds of people, most I didn't know, but lots of interesting celebrities too! Stephen Colbert's was funny, Joan Rivers too. How did they get all these great people in their book? Who cares, when we get to enjoy the fruits of their labors. Hurray!
trishmc More than 1 year ago
thats all