The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure

The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure

by Larry Smith

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From the creators of Six-Word Memoirs comes The Moment, a collection of personal stories from writers both famous and obscure revealing how a single instant changed their lives forever. An innocuous decision, an unforeseen accident, a chance conversation, a tag sale, a terrorist strike, a tweet . . . sometimes all it takes is a single moment to redirect the course of an entire life. In the tradition of Smith magazine’s Not Quite What I Was Planning and the sensational Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak—and in the spirit of StoryCorps, the Moth, and This American LifeThe Moment unveils everyday people’s inner lives in narratives of all shapes and sizes, with stories from six to 1,000 words, photographs, comics, illustrations, handwritten letters, and more. It’s enough to change your life forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061719653
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 1,224,538
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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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The Moment: Inspiring, Wild, Poignant Stories from the Book of Life 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS LOVED IT 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.
MaryinHB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTSLOVED ITThis 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.
chuewyc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Just took the weekend to read. It is about different authors looking at their lives "the moment". Some sad, some happy it really makes you look for your own "moment"
JackieBlem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Larry Smith and the books that he puts out, as well as Smith Magazine. I was delighted to see this book on my desk a little while back, and I've been sipping from it ever since. I can only read a few of the "moments" at a time, because they are sometimes profound, or heart-breaking, or hilarious, and they all need to be savored. I've also spent a lot of time thinking about the "moments" in my life, which one would be THE one, and if I would ever be as brave as these people about sharing it. This is great book to start out a new year on, though, really, it's a great book PERIOD.
yourotherleft on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Perhaps you recall the recent Six-Word Memoir craze spawned by Larry Smith of SMITH magazine. Succinct and creative as those six-word memoirs are, they didn't create quite enough space for all the stories people wanted to tell, and Smith found while traveling across the country for readings of the Six-Word Memoir series that everyone seemed to have a story to tell, a story about some singular event that had a life-changing impact on the teller. From those stories, The Moment was born. It started as a section of the SMITH magazine website, where life-altering stories poured in from all corners, and eventually became this book where Larry Smith has compiled 125 of the captivating tales.Contained within the pages are a variety of life-defining moments. Some of them involve great teachers making a difference in the lives of their students, others involve falling in love or enduring the death of a loved one, still others mark the journey through parenthood. Some of my favorites, though, are moments that are so mundane that it's hard but oddly comforting to discover that the moment that changes your outlook on life can be so small and can be brought on by seeing a simple gesture of true love or discovering you're not so very different from the moth that keeps missing the open window trying to escape from a car. With its very short essays written by 125 different authors from all walks of life, The Moment can't help but be a little uneven. Some of the moments made me scratch my head and wonder just why they proved to be so life-changing. Others I appreciated for their honesty. Some I found easy to relate to personally, and others managed to give me chills of understanding, of sympathy, of wonder even while they helped me to understand a whole different perspective on life. Some of my favorites included "Assembly" in which Vivian Chum discovers the insidiousness and unfairness of racism, Gregory Maguire's "Wicked Start" where he finds the inspiration for his Wicked series, Steve Almond's story of the impact of a fan latter from John Updike, Michael Castleman's story of the night his mother refused to cook dinner and he discovered the power of books, and Rebecca Woolf's "Tomorrowland" that perfectly captures that feeling between loss and possibility as she watches her son growing up day by day. Okay - and many, many more, there are lots of powerful stories contained in these pages.I love the idea behind The Moment and enjoyed the essays themselves, but if I had it to do over again, I would not have requested it as a review copy (from Harper Perennial, thanks!). I would much sooner have read this book at my own pace, reading a few essays here and there between other books rather than trying to gulp them down all at once. Many are profound and thought-provoking, and would be much better enjoyed at a leisurely pace. As for me, I found myself pushing to get through them so I could write my review and move onto other things, and so some of my enjoyment was lost in the process. I'm confident, however, that should you happen to pick up a copy of the book and read it without obligation, you will find it as satisfying as I should have.
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