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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 theirLove 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....

Title : 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 Reviews

  • HFK
    2019-04-26 22:24

    SMITH Magazine is a website that lets people all over the world write six-word memoirs. The subject can be anything you wish for, it can be anything your imagination desires to come up with. The idea is fabulous as it connects and brings everyone together. It is easy to feel the same emotions, life situations, opinions and views regardless of people's nationality, gender, religion, skin color, age, social status, or sexuality.I like these kinds of little projects that spread all across the internet, and of course, eventually transform themselves into a tiny book formats that work as a good addition to a gift basket.Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak is naturally about love. Romantic love, platonic love, parents love in different shades of funny, sweet and sad. It is a short read, occasionally nice and felt, often just a quick surf through.

  • BillKerwin
    2019-05-19 01:38

    A lot of these are clever, occasionally one may move or surprise you; still, they are the literary equivalent of popcorn: small and salty, hard to stop consuming, but—alas!—unsatisfying. The form, supposedly invented by Hemingway (“baby shoes for sale: never worn”) is designed to sum up a novel—or a memoir—in a half-dozen words. Sure, it's a great high school creative writing assignment, and it would make a really good St. Valentine's Day gift too, but six words just ain't enough to get anything real good going. Good Lord, isn't the haiku hard enough?Still, there are pleasures here. One thing I especially liked about the little memoirs of love in this book is that they surprise you. They can be amusing and merciless at the same time, and often the worst ones are by the famous, the best ones by people you never heard of.Here are ten I liked, taken from the first sixteen pages:What once were two are one. --George SaundersIf I get Chlamydia, blame MySpace. --Hannah SlocumDon't trust a man who waxes. --Noelle HancockHe's dumb but lifts heavy stuff. --Laura FaussLove blooms like crocuses: dirty, brave. --Antay BilgutayNo, you can't have the toaster. --Diana SpechlerWhile playing wingman, found my wife. --Scott Northrup You wouldn't litter, but cheated plenty. --Jennifer I CurtisWanted a wife. Got a cat. --Anders PorterThree marriages. Two divorces. BA .333. --Ron Carmean

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-05-11 05:45

    "A word is worth one coin, silence is worth two." The Talmud“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” Blaise PascalI read this thanks to Bill Kerwin's review. In this book the editors of Smith Magazine collect six word memoirs that challenge authors to be creative and succinct. Once Ernest Hemingway was asked if he could write a story in six words, and he wrote, “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” That's the basic idea of narrative compression.But the memoirs here are not narratives, usually. Often they are punchlines, which is as expected.Some of my favorites here: “What once were two, are one.”--George Saunders“No, you can’t have the toaster.”“It never hurt as good again.”“Found my husband on Craigslist. Twice.”“We met on Halloween. No costumes.”“It helps to label the books.”“He still needs me at sixty-four.”—Armistead Maupin“I came. He conquered. We divided.”I didn’t love many of them, but it was fun to share this with friends and family. If you teach writing, or you write, there’s a good formal challenge here.

  • Jackie
    2019-05-11 05:41

    It took me maybe 30-40 minutes to read through this book, giggling a bit, wincing a bit, stopping for a brief moment to ponder the story behind the simple 6 words each author offered. The emotion--love, joy, pain, betrayal, boredom, frustration, confusion, devotion, and more--that can be conveyed in 6 words is astounding. I am in awe. This is a fascinating project of Smith Magazine's that I hope lives long--it's too interesting to give up on.I, of course, had to come up with my own (though it seems like someone else MUST have said it, too):"Thought I was smarter than this."

  • Todd Stockslager
    2019-05-12 22:40

    Amazon apparently doesn't allow 6-word reviews.Their guidance: "between 75 and 300."Such verbosity for such pithy memoirs.Memoirs? These are more like epitaphs. Writers famous (and not so) contributed.The rhythm builds quote to quote.The unsaid resonates, off the page.So, if Amazon accepts, my review:Share with lover; discuss. I'm verklempt.

  • Taghrid
    2019-05-01 01:34

    A quick read. My favorite ones:"My life's accomplishments? Sanity, and you." - Elizabeth Gilbert"Love. Loss. Love lost. Stories gained." - Kristen Jones"Loved. Lost. Cried. Raged. Chocolate. Next." - Jackie Childress"The apartment is much cleaner now." - Daniel J. Stasiewski"She knows what my Kryptonite is." - Matt Ruff"Butterflies still kicking after ten years." - Lisa Taylor"Love plus laughter: happily ever after." - Dan Goggin"Went for milk, never came back." - Lindsay Freda"He sees the me I don’t." - Mary Catherine Hamelin"Someone should’ve objected at my wedding." - Cynthia Ceilan"Romantic comedies screwed me for life." - Daniela Medina"May I have the last dance?" - Robert Hass

  • Mary (BookHounds)
    2019-04-25 05:29

    I may have to come back and add my six word memoir to the reveiw. I can't think of one now. (oooohhhh, there I did it!) I am so addicted to this series of books. They are just fun and quick reading.

  • Katherine San Juan
    2019-04-28 22:49

    Six-word Memoirs: "Not always perfect. But so worthwhile."

  • Juliana
    2019-04-20 05:40

    Short books make my Goodreads goal.

  • LillyBooks
    2019-05-17 21:25

    Six words to explain everything? Sometimes.

  • Susan Rose
    2019-05-10 03:36

    This is an anthology collection of six word memoirs that focus on the topic of sex, love and relationships. This is obviously a very quick but contemplative read and because it can be picked up and put down a lot it would be great to read on the commute. I found it amazing how each story evoked so much given the economy of language the writers were given to work with. Although this only took me minutes to read I feel like I am going to be re-reading this book often. I feel like the best way to recommend this book to anyone is to show you some of my favourite examples: * Happy enough... was her tentative reply- Salli Hollenzer* Love. Loss. Love lost. Stories gained- Kristen Jones * Married by Elvis, divorced by Friday- G. M. Rouse * He changed me. I outgrew him. Marcie Vargas* She wanted Gatsby. Got 'gets by'- Beth Cornellan* Find, feel, fuck, forgive, forget. Fantastic. Janice Dickinson. * I wasn't looking. She found me- Hal Isacson.

  • Cathleen
    2019-05-08 00:39

    Creative expression within stricture is always interesting, and playing off the famous Hemingway six-word story is ripe for possibility. It's more than a bit disappointing (though, frankly, not at all surprising) that in general the submissions devoted to heartbreak are more numerous, more diverse, and more distinct than those about love. I might have preferred separate sections for the writers famous vs. and obscure, but I also see value in the blending. A sampling:"I thought we had more time." ~ Joe Hill"He sees the me I don't." ~ Mary Catherine Hamelin"Should have listened to the soothsayer." ~ Lisa Johnson"I loved the idea of you." ~ Audrey Adu-Appiahand what may be my favorite: "It's like my heart has sciatica." ~ Jonathan Ames

  • Laurie
    2019-05-15 05:46

    This is such a great concept- the simplicity and power of our language and, in particular, the written word. It can lead to so many thoughts and emotions. I appreciated the explanation at the beginning about the start of the six-word memoir concept and found some of the memoirs (on love and heartbreak) to be truly profound, amusing, or intriguing. There is almost no way to read through this short book and not find at least one you can relate to! I am interested in reading the original collection.

  • maila
    2019-05-10 04:37

    In his smile I saw foreverbuku ini berisi kumpulan #sixwordstory kayak di twitter gitu. bedanya ini ber-tema cinta dan patah hati, sarkas cinta2an dan..pokoknya temanya cinta wqbagus, di beberapa #sixword ada yang bikin meringis, senyum, tertawa dan bingung karena saya gak tau artinya apaan. untung bacanya di bookmate, tinggal taptap dan translate langsung ''oooh, itu toh artinya''#lha #malahpromosi

  • Anna
    2019-04-28 03:52

    It's so interesting to read random people's six-word thoughts on love. Some of the quotes cracked me up while others made me kind of sad. This one is a much faster read than the original Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs but it's still very enjoyable.

  • Athena
    2019-05-04 04:45

    "If I get Chlamydia, blame Myspace""He posted our sex tape online""Unrequited love is just another addiction""Boyfriend? In the nightstand with batteries""It's worth it, despite your mother""Unfortunately, eight inches wasnotenough""eHarmony reject, failure, unloveable me"

  • Nikki
    2019-05-13 22:28

    I find books like this interesting, in the sense that I'd prefer to pick them up at random and flick through them now and again. I like brevity in things I'm reading: it gives my imagination more to do. So in that sense, very interesting.Some of these are heartbreaking, some make me smile, and some are just infuriating.

  • Rada
    2019-05-02 23:41

    I downloaded this book on my Kindle. It had been on my list; and since it was only 99 cents, I bought it.I read it at lunch. It is amazing to me so much can be conveyed in a persons life in only six words. Makes me wonder what six words I would choose for myself. It was a good fast read.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-01 03:32

    Not as good as the original, but still a good collection. Favorites:Not always perfect. But so worthwhile. Love. Loss. Love lost. Stories gained.Love, unreturned is still worth feeling. Wonder-filled, and never a dull torment. (Diane Ackerman)Someone should've objected at my wedding.

  • Robin
    2019-04-21 01:51

    Picked this up at my library while I was shelving and brought it home so I wouldn't be reading it at my desk. The concept is to use only six words to sum up how one feels about life or in this case, love and heartbreak. It felt very voyeuristic but these short statements are very revealing.

  • Evan
    2019-05-16 01:36

    Six words aren't enough to review.

  • Elena
    2019-05-21 04:51

    i love these short vignettes on love, heartbreak, and other assorted subjects

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-01 23:44

    Pithy, poignant, sad and sometimes funny.

  • Annie Grace
    2019-05-10 03:42

    3.5Some of these managed to be incredibly poignant, touching or funny in just 6 words. Some didn't. You can read this in about half an hour and it's worth that time. This is pretty darn cute and feels like a great connection of so much humanity. Most of the time I wanted and needed more to be satisfying though. Also, one of my past professors has one in here, which I discovered while reading.

  • Kaitlin
    2019-05-14 01:41

    Some of these made me laugh, some of these made my heart drop, and some of them made me put my phone down and think about the meaning bubbling underneath those six words. I even found a few that I could relate to my ex boyfriend, but more importantly, the man who is my boyfriend now.There were definitely some in there that I either didn't like or thought they were just okay, but overall it's absolutely worth reading.

  • Lili Kim
    2019-05-12 23:24

    I love these compilations-I hope they keep publishing more books!

  • Sleepless
    2019-04-27 22:24

    I just like these series so much. Don't have much else to say.

  • Shane
    2019-05-03 03:36

    Bespectacled, besneakered. Read and ran around (pg. 12)

  • randy
    2019-04-29 00:42

    So I got an email saying that my six word memoir on love was going to be in this book. I was surprised, but it made me swell up inside a bit.They sent me the book and a few odds and ends -- stickers, coasters, etc...It is a slight irreverent book. But the simplicity of the concept and the selected "memoirs" raises it above where it might have ended up. It reads in about 20 minutes. So it did not take me long to peruse for my entry.Only, I could not find it.So I went through it again, only reading the names of the authors. Nothing.I put it down and went back to it days later, knowing that I would find it. Alas, I did not.My six word memoir appears to have wound up like Kevin Costner in The Big Chill: cut at the last moment. Only I promise not to make shity movie after shity movie and generally stink up the joint like he does.And at least I got a free copy. Right?So here is what they would have published if they knew what was good for them:Missing you is like mentholated hiccups.

  • Maddie
    2019-04-23 22:24

    This is a collection of six word memoirs about couples, love and relationships. Most are witty, funny, and poignant that set me to laugh, to scorn, to frown and to even smile a bit. I find this book to be interesting because I never really thought that six words can cause enough emotions and provocative thoughts. The power of words are indeed powerful regardless of its numbers. I adore it. Overall, this a good short novel that is perfect for a relaxing Sunday morning. Some of my favorite six words from the novel:"Never forget, I love you madly." - Alan Rader"Became the other woman. Didn't know."- Cameron Vest"When he left, I cried." - Ella Cristina "We met on Halloween. No costumes." - Dani Shapiro"I thought we had more time." - Joe Hill"Love at first sight is blind." - Jace Albao"Long distance didn't make love easier." - Rachel Kramer Bussel"A short affair but pure lust." - Spencer Wendt"He would have been my forever." - Tina Blanchard