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Deceptively simple and surprisingly addictive, Not Quite What I Was Planning is a thousand glimpses of humanity—six words at a time.When Ernest Hemingway famously wrote, "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn," he proved that an entire story can be told using a half-dozen words. When the online storytelling magazine SMITH asked readers to submit six-word memoirs, they proved aDeceptively simple and surprisingly addictive, Not Quite What I Was Planning is a thousand glimpses of humanity—six words at a time.When Ernest Hemingway famously wrote, "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn," he proved that an entire story can be told using a half-dozen words. When the online storytelling magazine SMITH asked readers to submit six-word memoirs, they proved a whole, real life can be told this way, too. The results are fascinating, hilarious, shocking, and moving. From small sagas of bittersweet romance ("Found true love, married someone else") to proud achievements and stinging regrets ("After Harvard, had baby with crackhead"), these terse true tales relate the diversity of human experience in tasty bite-size pieces. The original edition of Not Quite What I Was Planning spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and thanks to massive media attention—from NPR to the The New Yorker—the six-word memoir concept spread to classrooms, dinner tables, churches, synagogues, and tens of thousands of blogs. This deluxe edition has been revised and expanded to include more than sixty never-before-seen memoirs. From authors Elizabeth Gilbert, Richard Ford, and Joyce Carol Oates to celebrities Stephen Colbert, Mario Batali, and Joan Rivers to ordinary folks around the world, everyone has a six-word story to tell....

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

  • Richard Derus
    2018-10-01 12:06

    Rating: 3.75* of fiveMy Review: Deceptively simple and surprisingly addictive, Not Quite What I Was Planning is a thousand glimpses of humanity—six words at a time.When Ernest Hemingway famously wrote, "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn," he proved that an entire story can be told using a half-dozen words. When the online storytelling magazine SMITH asked readers to submit six-word memoirs, they proved a whole, real life can be told this way, too. The results are fascinating, hilarious, shocking, and moving.From small sagas of bittersweet romance ("Found true love, married someone else") to proud achievements and stinging regrets ("After Harvard, had baby with crackhead"), these terse true tales relate the diversity of human experience in tasty bite-size pieces.The original edition of Not Quite What I Was Planning spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and thanks to massive media attention—from NPR to the The New Yorker—the six-word memoir concept spread to classrooms, dinner tables, churches, synagogues, and tens of thousands of blogs. This deluxe edition has been revised and expanded to include more than sixty never-before-seen memoirs.From authors Elizabeth Gilbert, Richard Ford, and Joyce Carol Oates to celebrities Stephen Colbert, Mario Batali, and Joan Rivers to ordinary folks around the world, everyone has a six-word story to tell.My Review: I think this is the perfect book for, uhmmmm, browsing while you're stuck in Uncle John's sacred space. Sometimes funny, a few placed perfectly to cause loss of consciousness every few pages.A must-acquire for those facing airplane travel, and an essential distraction source for the "death meetings."

  • Melki
    2018-09-21 12:18

    During NaNoWriMo 2006, SMITH magazine issued a challenge - write a six-word memoir. From published writers, celebrities and undiscovered authors came the responses.The stories they (briefly) told were philosophical:"Afraid of everything. Did it anyway." Ayse Erginer"Found great happiness in insignificant details." Alisdair McDiarmid"Started small, grew, peaked, shrunk, vanished." George SaundersOccasionally inspirational:"Followed rules, not dreams. Never again." Margaret HellersteinFunny:"Perpetual work in progress, need editor." Sherry Fuqua-Gilson"Became my mother. Please shoot me." Cynthia Kaplan"Giraffe born to a farm family" Grant LangstonSad:"Ex-wife and contractor now have house." Drew Peck"Everyone who loved me is dead." Ellen FanningUtterly devastating:"Was father, boys died, still sad." Ronald ZalewskiAnd a few of special interest to Goodreads members:"Discovered moral code via Judy Blume." Beth Greivel"Can't read all the time. Bummer." Rina BanderIt's quite a challenge to sum up one's life in six words. I thought and thought until my thinker was sore (about 47 seconds!) then decided to let someone else do the work for me. Here are the two memoirs from the book that best describe ME:"Bespectacled, besneakered, read and ran around." Rachel Fershleiser "Never really finished anything, except cake." Carletta PerkinsThis is a charming book to pick up whenever you have a few moments. "I laughed and sighed a lot." Melki There you go - a six-word memoir of this book.

  • Derek
    2018-10-02 06:00

    I love this book, if only because it makes me want to write a six-word memoir for my life. My junior American Studies students wrote their own:A little rough around the edges.My conscience: brought to you by…Dear mom, how is your cell?I love god. Love me more.I wonder what my cat’s doing.What’s broken can always be rebuilt.I am not quite there yet.Would you like fries with that? When do I get to leave?Homesick for somewhere I’ve never been.Wherever I go, fun follow me.Milk in a cup of oil.It’s not quite as it seems…Neverending rollercoaster of spirit and solitude.Always for the sake of others.Remembered by most. Known by few.Took the chance; received the glory.

  • Emily
    2018-09-22 07:19

    My attention span only lasts about five words these days, but when I work up to six, I'll give this a shot.

  • Valerie
    2018-10-11 06:19

    Kind of cute; got old quickly.And for all you wise-crackers out there - that's my review of the book, not my own six-word memoir.Smith magazine, inspired by Hemingway's six-word story "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn" invited its readers to submit their own six-word memoirs. The results were published in this book, along with some submissions by famous writers and celebrities.Here are some that I liked: Couldn't cope so I wrote songs. Aimee Mann Would you like fries with that? Scott Northrup Well, I thought it was funny. Stephen Colbert I wrote a poem. Nobody cared. Joe Heaps Nelson Became more like myself every year. Eddie SulimurskiIt seems like an essential part of reviewing this book is posting your own six-word memoir, so mine would be:Awaken. Eat. Love. Drink. Sleep. Repeat.

  • Kirsti
    2018-09-29 11:15

    I like that this collection mixes famous authors with unfamous ones."I asked. They answered. I wrote." --Sebastian Junger"The psychic said I'd be richer." --Elizabeth Bernstein"I thought I was someone else." --Tysa Goodrich"Happiness is a warm salami sandwich." --Stanley Bing"I'm enjoying even this downward dance." --Column McCann"Dad died, mom crazy, me too." --Moby"Fight, work, persevere--gain slight notoriety." --Harvey Pekar"Mushrooms. Clowns. Wands. Five. Wig. Thatched." --Amy Sedaris"Struggled with how the mind works." --Steven Pinker"Brought it to a boil, often." --Mario Batali"Found great happiness in insignificant details." --Alisdair McDiarmid"Girlfriend is pregnant, my husband said." --Shonna MacDonald"Couldn't cope so I wrote songs." --Aimee Mann"ABCs MTV SATs THC IRA NPR." --Jancee Dunn"Quietly cultivating my inner Lynda Carter." --Joanna Sheehan"Yes, you can edit this biography." --Jimmy Wales [of Wikipedia]"Revenge is living well, without you." --Joyce Carol Oates"Outcast. Picked last. Surprised them all." --Rachel Pine"Well, I thought it was funny." --Stephen Colbert"Secret of life: marry an Italian." --Nora Ephron"Like an angel. The fallen kind." --Rick Bragg

  • Kevin
    2018-10-03 07:01

    This book comes out in January 08 but I just read the galley. And yes, it really is a collection of 6-word memoirs. About 1,000 of them. They're compulsive reading and many hold the mystery of a good haiku (but shorter!). The people at the great non-fiction web site, Smith Magazine put this together. To my surprise, I have one in here too (if you ask nicely I'll share it). I remember submitting it months ago but never heard back. Strange.But I'm excited to be in it, right after Myfanwy Collins (a Goodreads friend!) and right before Stephen Colbert.

  • Lisa
    2018-09-18 12:17

    Thank you Meghann for recommending this book. I loooooved it. It is what it is: writers give their memoir in six words. Fabulous. I'll give you just ten of my faves:Being a monk stunk. Better gay.Happiest when ignoring huge financial debt.Lived in moment until moment sucked.Nothing profound, I just sat around.It was embarrassing, so don't ask. Thought I would have more impact.Can't tonight, watching Law & Order.Anything possible - but I was tired.Rebel librarian on sabbatical from boys.No shit I'm critical - you're flawed.Paralyzed at fifty, life still nifty.Fat jolly bearded origami-folding accountant.I'm just here for the beer.Without me, it's just aweso.He left me for good, eventually.Mom blames musical theater. I disagree.Alone at home, cat on lap.Hope my obituary spells "debonair" correctly.So devastated, no babies for me.Left house one day for cigarettes.He wore dresses. This caused messes.Was that more than ten? Well they're all so good! This is very much worth a read, and will probably inspire you to write a few of your own 6-word memoirs, such as...Just waiting for everyone to sleep.Word of Wisdom: should we reconsider?I never could get a baby-sitter.All year I wait for Jersey.I'll never stop missing that dog.This book just makes you think and makes you love life, as in your own life. I highly recommend it!

  • jess
    2018-10-06 12:13

    i love work that is driven by the method, not the material. this is often my biggest complaint about crafting books. well, this is definitely not a crafting book. however, it is decidedly driven by the method and not by the materials! challenging a bunch of writers *famous & not* to write their own memoirs in exactly six words, not quite what i was planning is a peek into the thousands of different ways people can tell their stories. i think that having some very strict rules and limits can give the format to find what is really beautiful in the telling of a story, rather than constantly trying to fit quirky experiences into a mold of "interesting writing." this was also part of the lynda barry writing class i took, only she believes in time limits. the idea is the same.anyway, some of these six word memoirs are good, some are boring as fuck, but overall it's a quick and charming read. i have been challenging my cohorts, pals and comrades to perform their own six-word memoirs at the drop of a hat, and let me tell you, it's quite entertaining.

  • Heather
    2018-10-05 06:11

    WARNING- SOME ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER.Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six words. "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."In 2006, Smith Magazine offered to its readers the opportinuty to write a six-word memoir. This book contains some ot the entries they received.Cursed by cancer. Blessed by friends.I was born, some assembly required.Creative and destructive in many ways.On her birthday, my life began.We walked barefoot in wet cement.I wrote it all down somewhere.Can't tonight, watching Lost & ER.She kissed me and said yes!Verbal hemophilia. Why can't I clot?Dorothy Gale had the right idea.If Eliza Doolittle wore cowboy boots...Without me, it is just aweso.ABCs MTV SATs THC IRA NPR.Hope my obituary spells 'debonair' correctly.To make a long story short...It's like forever, only much shorter.Detergent girl: BOLD, TIDE. CHEER. ALL.Just a rockin' readin' knittin' kitten.Wasn't born a redhead; fixed that.

  • Josie
    2018-09-16 10:10

    This is not your typical book. It is a fun read that portrays many different emotions throughout the stories. Each story is 6 words and that is all. By this style of writing you are leaving the interpretation of the story to the reader. They can interpret it many different ways. Some are happy while others are sad. You can easily relate to a handful. By reading this it makes you think of some of your own that you can write. Each story is completely different some are about relationships while some are just feelings that people have at that time. Some are wise words of wisdom. My favorite is "I take photographs. I see life." It is quirky and can be your own interpretation to how you see it. Others are funny: "Can't tonight, watching Law & Order." I bet many people have been watching a Law & Order marathon and get sucked into watching it and not want to go out. Some are more serious and can be relatable to someone who has gone through similar situations. Others are ironic and funny : "Atheist alcoholic gets sober through God." This book is an easy and light read but it is still very interesting to see how someone creates a story with only 6 words and it makes sense. It makes a story short and to the point but still getting the understanding and feeling you would get if it was drawn out. I recommend this book to anyone because it is fascinating to see how a story can be 6 words.

  • Claudia
    2018-09-17 09:07

    I heard about this book from a listserv that challenged us to sum up our career in six words. Mine: "My students enrich my life daily." The book is at times funny, irreverent, reflective. Other times it's off the mark. But when this many authors are involved, the quality will be spotty. I had my seniors, who are winding down their last week of public school, write their own six-word memoirs. My favorite: "Done. Let's not do this again."

  • Linda
    2018-09-17 08:01

    I was disappointed. It was neither as pithy nor as funny as I had hoped.

  • Vijetha
    2018-10-01 04:56

    I think I have a thing or two for books written in different formats and experimental writing as such. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's iconic "For sale: baby shoes, never worn", these were the submissions sent to a magazine called SMITH during NaNoWriMo in 2006. A compilation of 6 word memoirs. Maybe, size doesn't matter after all. I loved reading these and made notes too, for later use. Recommend reading it.Here are a few(?) favorites - I am trying, in every regard. —Lionel ShriverTook scenic route, got in late. —Will BlytheWhich comes first: tequila or accident? —Penelope WhitneyFound true love, married someone else. —Bjorn StrombergShe walked barefoot in wet cement. —Michelle PinchevAfraid of everything. Did it anyway. —Ayse ErginerLost and found, rescued by dog. —Gail Reilly Oh, to have just one puff ! —Suhana Selamat Batteries are cheap. Who needs men? —Rebecca McLennaGirlfriend is pregnant, my husband said. —Shonna MacDonaldAte caterpillars. Still won’t grow up. —Chris JacksonMy heart is deaf, head dumb. —David MatthewsBoys liked her. She preferred books. —Anneliese CuttleTequila. Amnesia. Coincidence? I think not. —Larry CaravielloLucky in everything else but love. —Eliot SheridanStoned. Boned. Where am I now? —Sherry LevyBlade cuts, blood runs, scars remain. —Heather Hudgins (sigh!)Legs spread, I withheld my intelligence. —Christine GranadosI have not done it all. —Aaron KnollIf there’s more, I want it. —Alex HartI told you I was crazy. —Michaline BabichI died at an early age. —John CoyneForgot to say I love her. —Omi CastanarLet me in, you narrative whore. —C. McCloskyLike an angel. The fallen kind. —Rick BraggAsked to quiet down; spoke louder. —Wendy LeeEx-addict now addicted to book deals. —Susan ShapiroBig hair, big heart, big hurry. —Larry SmithAffection. Erection. No protection. Injection. Infection. —Colleen ZacharySpeaks mind especially when losing it. —Ellis ReidDead mom watching. I’ll be good. —Israel HymanNerdy, wordy, learned to shut up. —Caren LissnerThought long and hard. Got migraine. —Lisa LevyClumsy girl found adventure. Also, bruises. —Rebecca CampbellEight thousand orgasms. Only one baby. —Neal PollackEDITOR. Get it? —Kate HamillBig heart protected by sharp tongue. —Kris Kleindienst Found a demon to love forever. —Aaron OlsonI am happy today. Thank you!

  • Greg
    2018-09-22 12:18

    Take one part "Life's Little Instruction Book" and one part angsty teenage diary entries, combine and shake lazily, then leave out in the sun to grow moldy and spoiled. There, now you have "Not Quite What I Was Planning."Seriously, this book is a wreck. It's 219 pages of roughly 5 entries per page -- and almost all are inside-jokes-sorta and/or blatant attempts to be profound and artsy. When I closed the back cover, I felt more like I'd gained nothing than after any book I've ever read. There's a reason that Hemingway's 6-word story is famous: because doing something like that is HARD. Much harder than people realize. Clearly, none of the people who sent in their entries to Smith Magazine realize this. People wrote these "6-word memoirs" for the book and for Smith's website for the same reason that people insist on elaborate burials and graves -- they think their life, words, thoughts, and work are all terribly important and deserve recognition and preservation. Well, they're not.I'm not trying to be insensitive; I'm quite certain that many of the people contained within the pages have lived some phenomenal/interesting lives and I'm happy for them. And I understand that it could be said that virtually all actions within a human being's life could arguably be attributed to vanity. That's fine, I can accept that. But when vanity is THIS bare, this obvious -- when it's VANITY FOR VANITY'S SAKE -- it's just obnoxious to the utmost.Not to mention the fact that so many of the 6-word memoirs are essentially the same. When people's lives are simplified to this extent, it becomes even more glaringly obvious how blandly similar we all can be, how continuously we brood. Torturously repetitive, it is. Save yourself the $12. Heck, save yourself the trip to the library. Not worth it. This is just a book full of hundreds upon hundreds of people feeling sorry for themselves or offering cliche little beacons of hope, trying way too hard to express that in a "deep" way, and failing all around. If you want to achieve the same overall feelings that come from reading this book, go dig up all that whiney poetry you wrote in 9th grade and re-read it. (And don't deny that you wrote such stuff -- you know we all did!)

  • Arryn
    2018-09-21 07:08

    Talk about economy of words!!! The editors of Smith magazine issued a challenge to its readers to write a summary of their lives in a single sentence of six words--no more, no less. The resulting book (Not Quite What I Was Planning) is delightful and depressing; humorous and morose; endearing and disenchanting. I love words and their power, so this book spoke to me on that level alone. It is amazing how much you can say without saying hardly anything (was that a double negative? If so, I'm sorry). My only caveat about the book--the editors did not edit out objectionable content (i.e. subject matter, language). I have edited my own personal copy, so if you want to borrow it, let me know! 4.5 stars, if you don't count the offensive ones.Here are some examples of my favorite six-word memoirs:Surname rhymes with profanity. Childhood torture. (Noah Smit)We were our own Springer episode. (Michelle Hoogerwerf)--(It probably started with the last name!)My second grade teacher was right (Janelle Brown)Liberal at 18; Conservative by 40. (Pat Ryan)Many hands have kept me afloat. (Nick Flynn)I was the only planned sibling. (Mary Sebus)I live the perfect imperfect life. (Paul Lore)Verbal hemophilia. Why can't I clot? (Scott Mebus)--(Isn't the imagery great?)Won the fight. Lost the girl. (Jim O'Grady)You can't spend time with this book down without mentally composing your own six-word memoirs. Here's one of mine:Studied hard; married well; stayed home. (I hope it doesn't sound regretful--it's just true; that's all. I wish I could add the word "contentedly" at the end, but I'm out of words.) :)

  • ~Sara~
    2018-10-07 08:57

    This was a quick and delightful read that I would recommend to everyone.The stories are funny, thoughtful, thoughtless, heart-breaking, confusing, all condensed down to the bare bones. It's amazing how much you can reveal in only 6 words!Some of my favourites were:I still make coffee for two. -Zak NelsonFollowed white rabbit. Became black sheep. -Gabrielle MaconiFound true love, married someone else. -Bjorn StrombergCame, saw, conquered, had second thoughts. -Harold RamisI coloured outside of the lines. -Jacob ThomasAlways working on the next chapter. -Milan PhamMaybe you had to be there. -Ray Blount Jr.Act two curtain brought dramatic improvements. -John GodfreyAnd my own:There is still time... I hope!

  • Angie
    2018-09-23 04:53

    This is the most hilarious book ever!!! It was inspired by a challenge issued to Ernest Hemingway to come up write a story in six words. He wrote,"For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Celebrities and regular people submitted their own six word memoirs in response to a Smith Magazine post. Some of my favorites include:She walked barefoot in wet cementMy life's a bunch of almostsFact checker by day, liar by nightAfter reading this you won't be able to resist writing your own and your friends' six word memoirs. It's almost as fun as diagnosing psychological disorders and astrological signs!

  • Rebecca
    2018-09-30 08:14

    Ooh ooh! This project from the Smith Magazine web site now has a book form! How can a life be summarized in six words only? These are addictive and more thought-provoking than you might guess. Sort of like haikus, or fortune cookies.I wrote down a few dozen (!!) favorites, but here's the one that rose to the top:I live the perfect imperfect life. Runners-up:Learned everything from words, pictures, love. Put whole self in, shook about.Fearlessness is the mother of reinvention.We were each other's favorite person.Polio gave me my happy life.What? Lemony Snicket? Lemony Snicket? What? (by Daniel Handler, LOL!)

  • David
    2018-10-02 07:53

    Interesting to compare this kind of concision, mostly about what we want others to think of us, to the concision of, say, Basho or Issa - those pebble in a well words that just expand. The things in this book are so often reductive, rather than reflective or expansive. er... But still it is interesting, and a wonderful excercise, or party game, or whatever the hell you'd call it. Lots and lots of fun. And I just love little snippy things. Like Georg Lichtenstein's The Waste Books, Feneon's Novels in Three Lines, Pessoa's Book of Disquiet, Porchia's Voices, & various epigrams & stuff. What I want is a book of fart poker (aka Exquisite Corpse) creations.

  • BananaBerry
    2018-09-18 03:57

    Interesting, probably closer to a four, if only because it makes you want to try and write your own memoir in six words. Only issue was how did none of the editors notice that one of the "memoirs" was, verbatim, an Oscar Wilde quote: "I can resist everything except temptation" and not made up by the girl who submitted it??

  • MeggieBree
    2018-10-02 06:01

    I love this book so very much. It makes me smile, and it makes me think.

  • Heidi
    2018-10-11 11:59

    When I first heard about this book, I was intrigued. It took me far longer to "read" than I had intended, mostly because the majority of the memoirs were not as striking as the Hemingway story: "For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn." Takes your breath away, right? I was anticipating more along those lines, but instead stories not quite so exciting were included, like: "I grew and grew and grew." -Randy Newcomer and "In the office. It smells here. - Meera Parthasarathy.The book was still pretty good.Totally enjoyable and worth the read.Going along, think about your story.Have a good time with it!

  • Gina
    2018-10-08 09:54

    I'm in love with this little book of teensy, tiny books! So poignant. Many funny, many sad, too much regret. Makes you think about life much more than I expected it would when I picked it up. Don't skip the introduction, and definitely try your hand at writing your own.

  • Kris
    2018-10-04 08:18

    I still make coffee for two. (7)Won the fight; lost the girl. (37)Afraid of everything. Do it anyway. (42)Someone had to pay the bills. (126)Three marriages. Thirteen novels. Sleep's overrated. (114)Well, I thought it was funny. (137)

  • Sarah
    2018-09-21 03:51

    First of all, I love when I can read books in 30 minutes. I sped through this one, only stopping to add my favorites to my myspace and facebook pages. And I found tons of poems that I loved.[return][return]All of this started when Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six words. He wrote, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Wow. That gets you thinking, doesn't it? And most of the 6 word memoirs in this book will, too.[return][return]Some of my favs.....[return][return]Painful nerd kid, happy nerd adult. - L.J.Williamson[return]Boy, if I had a hammer. - Tim Barkow[return]Bespectacled, besneakered, read and ran around. -Rachel Fershleiser[return]Supported the sublime with uncurbed enthusiasm. -Jeff Newelt[return]Danced in Fields of Infinite Possibilities. -Deepak Chopra[return]Soul'd out so I could prophet. -Gotham Chopra[return]Followed rules, not dreams. Never again. -Margaret Hellerstein[return]I'm enjoying even this downward dance. -Colum McCann[return]All night phone calls complete me -Harry Manning[return]Barrister, barista, what's the diff, Mom? -Abigail Moorhouse[return]And he nerded as never before. -Jon Thysell[return]It's not you. It's me. Honest. -Allison Glock[return]Thought I would have more impact. -Kevin Clark[return]Time to start over again, again. -Dan Petronelli[return]Still lost on road less traveled. -Joe Quesada[return]Discovered moral code via Judy Blume. -Beth Greivel[return]My first concert: Zappa. Explains everything. -Janet Tashjian[return]Boys liked her. She preferred books. - Anneliese Cuttle[return]Carbohydrates call my name every day. -Mary Petersdorf[return]Some collect coins. I collect diplomas. -Srini Rajagopalan[return]I fell far from the tree. -Rebecca Stadolnik[return]Without me, it is just aweso. -Chris Madigan[return]I have not done it all. -Aaron Knoll[return]Well, I thought it was funny. -Stephen Colbert[return]Cheese is the essence of life. -Mary Lynch[return]The freaks, they always find me. -Ginger Lime[return]Must remember: people, gadgets. That order. -Briam Lam[return]Wasn't born a redhead; fixed that. -Andie Grace

  • Elisabeth Beck
    2018-09-24 10:08

    Larry Smith has done it. He has put together a book that can get many readers to express their emotions. He has taken famous writer's personal thoughts on their life and turned them into something extraordinary. Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure will help you see the way writers come up with many of their stories. It will also show you how hard an author's life can actually be.Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure is about the lives of many different writers. They try to tell you their life story in only six words. Some are heartbreaking and some are simply funny. Many writers, famous and unknown, contributed their memoirs to create one big story on an author's life. It even describes to you that everyone goes through the same problems and that famous people are not perfect. This book is great for people who like the different perspectives of a person's life. It's an easy read and most times very entertaining. It can open new doors for readers who wonder what famous authors or famous people in general go through. Some of the material does not make much sense and that can sometimes make the book very confusing. other than that it is a really great book that could be read by anyone. Not a lot of challenge but very interesting to read.

  • Geni
    2018-10-12 04:53

    Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers 4Q 2P J S A YA {Review}“Take six and call me later” It’s amazing how six words can make you smile, cry and ponder. Sitting at the diner counter and reading these small memoirs I started to notice it didn’t matter if I knew who the famous or obscure writers were…I could connect with a lot of the quotes on many levels. It became so apparent to me that six simple words could describe so many of my own experiences, and motivate me to express myself with six words. I also think in an internet world where teens are using more web-sites to express themselves such as Twitter and Facebook. Therefore these quotes could be very beneficial to use as motivation for those types of outlets. While there are a great deal of mature subject matter throughout the book, there are some quotes reference in the index to help a teen find that specific quote. I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone. *I found the importance of words was shared throughout this book similar to the importance of words in the "The Book Theif". The photos and graphic imagery throughout the book just help with the dynamic of the quotes.

  • Heather
    2018-10-01 10:06

    This is a good book to read while on a quick break. It's best put down & read in small batches. I enjoyed it. Some of the memoirs are funny; some are tragic.Great examples of a few found in book:"Soul'd out so I could prophet""Born Free, but lost my Country.""Followed white rabbit. Became black sheep.""Painful nerd kid. Happy nerd adult.""Took scenic route, got in late."It's completely addicting. Watch out, you may find yourself writing your own 6 word memoirs incessantly; as I have.Here are some of the better ones I've written for myself: Serious girl saw Monkees, started laughing.Orginally optimistic. Currently jaded. Becoming hopeful.13 years dating. Full moon proposal.Yes! I do! Yes! I do!Perfectionism plus enablism equals burnout.Family baggage fills basement. Cleaning time!Realized careers unfulfilling. Time for family.Work. Eat. Cuddle. Read. Spin Vinyl.

  • Abbie
    2018-10-03 04:53

    Ack, gorgeous. Right up my alley, and the first book I've finished in AGES (darn you, busy schedule and rather dense 100 Years of Solitude!)But yes, I loved this. It was fun both to see certain themes (Coffee? Tequila?) as well as some names I recognized (Diana Welch, Nora Ephron.) I like how much people can reveal of themselves in only six words. I think that's truly beautiful. Anyway, I took a class on this actually, and I have to say that the concept has not lost any of its funness for me. I highly recommend this book, as it takes very little time to read and is very enjoyable. The kind of thing you might like if you're a fan of PostSecret.