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“A perfect distraction and inspiration, and a collection that begs to be shared. Be warned, though. If you plan to lend out your copy, start out with two. Once it leaves your hands you’ll never see it again.”—Denver Post (on Not Quite What I Was Planning)The editors of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning are back with its much-anticipated sequel, It“A perfect distraction and inspiration, and a collection that begs to be shared. Be warned, though. If you plan to lend out your copy, start out with two. Once it leaves your hands you’ll never see it again.”—Denver Post (on Not Quite What I Was Planning)The editors of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning are back with its much-anticipated sequel, It All Changed in an Instant. With contributions from acclaimed authors like Malcolm Gladwell, Frank McCourt, Wally Lamb, Isabel Allende, Junot Diaz, Amy Tan, and James Frey, and celebrities like Sarah Silverman, Suze Orman, Marlee Matlin, Neil Patrick Harris, Ann Coulter, and Chelsea Handler, It All Changed in an Instant presents a thousand more glimpses of humanity. . . six words at a time. In the vein of the popular Post Secret books, It All Changed in an Instant, in the words of Vanity Fair, “will thrill minimalists and inspire maximalists.”...

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It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers FamousObscure Reviews

  • Liza Gilbert
    2019-06-05 11:07

    It only takes a few minutes to read this entire bookful of six-word memoirs. Some of the authors really nailed the concept of brevity, while others' memoirs, though six words long, made not impact at all.I was bothered by the fact that many of the authors just put six words together to make a point, not to create a memoir. They were tedious to read, and I'm not sure why the editors included them. After a hundred people saying the same thing, or saying different things but in the same way, I wished the book had stuck more to Hemingway's original challenge of writing a novel in six words. If the Smith Magazine challenge had been the same, a novel instead of a memoir, I might have been more interested.Overall, it was an extremely light read, and very uneven.

  • Beth
    2019-05-21 07:58

    I love all the things you can do with six word memoirs in the classroom. Not only can you have students write their own, but this could be a form of assessment for books they read: have students write a six word memoir for the protagonist and antagonist in their story. This could be a form of assessment in science or social studies. What would Napoleon's six word memoir be? Abraham Lincoln? Nelson Mandela? Write the six-word memoir for an element on the periodic table. What would an amoeba's six word memoir be? There's just so much you can do with this! I really enjoyed this follow-up to NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING, probably more so than the original.

  • Robin
    2019-06-18 06:59

    Some funny, clever, and sad. Inspired.

  • Bethany
    2019-06-12 11:07

    I heard a lot about this book before I ever read it. I'm mostly enamored by the concept, and it's fun to see how different people interpreted "memoir"...some wrote where their lives appeared to be in the moment, others wrote the most important things to them, and still others incorporated the grand story arc of their lives in only six words (though I did find one that was only five words long. It felt like an Easter egg.)The brilliance of this is seeing glimpses of beauty in the lives of others, and thinking about what words would make up my six-word memoir.

  • Henriette (henriettereads)
    2019-06-11 07:11

    I've never been one to read "collections", but when I read what this book was about I knew I had to own it. Never would I have imagined how much can be said in six words, and it's inspired me to try some "six-word-memoirs" myself. Took me about two hours to read it, with breaks, and it's just great. Still not sure whether I have a favourite memoir in here as they're all so real in their own way. Should look into getting the other books in this series!

  • Jesse
    2019-06-15 06:02

    Fun, heartfelt, fascinating, funny, and wonderful. Another winning anthology from SMITH.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-26 09:56

    Really liked reading these Six-word Memoirs. Read all four today and was a highly entertained. If you love quotes, read these books.

  • Lynn Dickerson
    2019-05-18 11:12

    I'm a big fan of 6 word memoirs so I enjoyed this collection. My own is "had it all. Lost it. Rebuilding "

  • Sarah
    2019-06-01 08:06

    Quick, easy flip through. Not as enlightening as I had hoped - I don't know what I expected with only six words at the authors' disposal. I want to hear more :)

  • Heather
    2019-05-26 08:49

    I love these books. It's amazing how much emotion some people and wring out of six little words.

  • Greg
    2019-06-06 08:05

    I loved the concept as much as the output. This is a great waiting room book and also could be used as an activity in a class, workshop, or training. Reading the memoirs, I was amazed at how much can be packed into six words. I appreciated the variety of approach authors took to writing these. It also made me think a lot about life and how, in my view, we only get one. I thought a lot about the long-term effects of various traumatic life experiences and how, for some, they can become the story of their lives. Suffering takes on a new meaning when you consider that, if only given six words to describe s life, it is what comes to the fore.I look forward to reading more of these in the future.

  • Sameer Vasta
    2019-05-27 06:47

    How would you describe your life in six words? Writing a six-word story is hard enough; the difficulty of encapsulating a whole life in a few dozen characters feels almost impossible.Thousands of people have tackled this daunting task, and the folks at online storytelling magazine SMITH decided to collect the best ones and publish them in a multitude of collections. The first two collections, Not Quite What I Was Planning and It All Changed In An Instant, are easy to consume in a short sitting; I devoured the hundreds of six-word memoirs in both collections while lying in the hammock after lunch on a sunny afternoon. The first collection is much more powerful than the second, probably as a function of putting the best submissions in the first book without realizing that there would be enough for many more publications, but both have standout inclusions that either had me laughing, thinking, or almost in tears.The best part of a collection of six-word memoirs is flipping through them all and seeing just how many could describe your life, as well, if you were as clever or articulate. Then there were those that were painfully close to being relatable, but with just enough distance to seem foreign."Civil servant answers phone after five.""Slightly flabby, slightly fabulous, trying hard."Some six-word memoirs were more astute observation than memoir, but still elicited smiles."A sundress will solve life’s woes."What was most impressive about the collections was how six short words could elicit such a spectrum of emotions. I could go from laughing on one page to crying on the next."I still make coffee for two."For quick and short reads, Not Quite What I Was Planning and It All Changed In An Instant were excellent at reminding me that language, deftly used, can be immensely impactful.It also reminded me that we don’t always have to strive for impact — sometimes, life is “nothing profound, I just sat around,” and that’s okay too.If you’re looking for a good hammock read, I’d recommend flipping through some six-word memoirs, and then maybe trying to write one yourself.(Originally published on I Tell Stories.)

  • Sleepless
    2019-06-16 05:48

    I just love these books.

  • maila
    2019-06-11 08:47

    segala sesuatu yang ''more'' tidak pernah baik. tapi isi sixword disini cukup menghibur. di buku ini juga dilengkapi ilustrasi gitu yang menggambarkan sesuai sixword-nya.beberapa sixword kesukaan;we're both someone else's problem nowI google myself far too often (AHAHAH HAHAHA HAHAHAH)I fake everything except the orgasms (HMMMMM)my first addictio was to books (sebuah ide bio)i am more than six wordssatu komentar untuk series sixwords ini; KURANG BANYAK! SUKAA!

  • Dani Peloquin
    2019-06-18 04:13

    Legend has it, Ernest Hemingway was sitting in a bar (predictable!) when a fan of his approached him and commented on how well he can tell a story in only a few words. He then challenged Hemingway to tell a story in the fewest amount of words possible. Hemingway shot back with “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn”. Whether this story is true or just once of those great Hemingway myths, it is clear that a full story can be told in only 6 words. SMITH Magazine decided to use this as a premise for a project in which they asked their readers to write their autobiography/memoir in only 6 words. Only expecting a hundred or so responses, the editor of SMITH Magazine was astounding when hundreds of thousands of people wrote in. Among these entries were some famous people such as Stephen Colbert, Alison Bechdel, Yogi Berra’s granddaughter and others. These responses were then published in four different books two of which are just overall collections of the 6 word memoirs, one directed towards teens, and one specifically on love and heartbreak.The entries are almost all different and range from the funny to the poignant. I laughed out loud when I read “failed at love, won at scrabble” and was incredibly moved by a memoir about a woman who was raped and was unable to move on making her feel as if her life was useless. I smiled at the sentence “awkward girl takes chances. Fun ensures” and even wished that I had written it! Interspersed with text memoirs are graphic memoirs which brings an interesting aspect to the book.I know that some have not given this book the best of reviews, but I would really encourage those people to re-read the book and think a little while on each entry because many have great depth. Personally, I loved it!

  • Lawral
    2019-06-16 10:17

    Like the other six-word memoir books this book will keep you highly entertained for a few hours, if you go at it all at once, or for weeks if you have the self-control to spread out the fun. The list of celebrity contributors is much longer in this book than the first and includes Isabelle Allende, Tony Kushner, Alison Bechdel, Junot Diaz and other well-known authors. Bob Barker (My life story --- spay or neuter.), Neil Patrick Harris (Barney...Doogie...! Average names elude me.), and other mainstream stars' submissions also appear.*"It all changed in an instant" boasts of more artwork than previous books in the series, and the back matter also includes longer stories that expound on or explain some of some of the six-word memoirs throughout the book. Once again, though, the real soul of this book is the stories from people you will never know.Made weird children -- will die proud. (27)Michael Stipe mumbled my formative years. (57)Little me would've liked be me. (84)And because there is always one that hits too close to home:My cat is an ungrateful brat. (108)Book source: review copy provided by publisher*All page numbers and quotes taken from an advanced uncorrected proof and may not match the published copy.

  • Jill
    2019-06-10 11:05

    I have been using "six word stories" to caption some of my images on flickr for a long time. Creating a 6-word story stretches your writing muscle and forces you to be spare and concise with your words. So when I saw this compilation of 6-word stories for a bargain price, I downloaded it immediately.The book is listed as 274 pages, but many of the pages have only 1 or 2 six-word stories, so it won't take you long at all to read the entire book - probably less than one hour. Some of the stories are accompanied by photos or sketches. The final chapter of the book lists the bios of some of the included authors. Some of the stories were mundane, some humorous, some witty, and some sad. We can all write differing six-word stories based on where we are in our lives.Some of my favorites:- Retired. one errand takes all day.- Viewed life from behind a camera.- Book then. Books Now. Occasionally Life.- Dealt bad cards. Played them well.You won't learn a lot from this book, but it may pique your interest, as it did for me, in writing more six-word stories. I'm writing one in my daily journal now to summarize that day.

  • Kelly Hager
    2019-06-09 11:57

    First, who speaks French? What does "Un peu fouillis. Pas encore compris" mean?Here are my favorites:"Michael Stipe mumbled my formative years.""I'm happiest when I'm eating cheesecake.""Dancing like nobody can see, finally." (Sophia Bush! I love her and I love Brooke Davis.)"I want to be Tina Fey." (I don't actually want to be Tina Fey, but I would like to be her wife. Or her BFF. I'm okay with either.)"Little me would've liked big me.""Why is speaking true so courageous?" (Melissa Etheridge--love her too!)"The inevitable triumph of the nerds.""Turned lemons into lemonade. Added vodka.""Fortunate yet prepared. Passionately driven. Monkeyballs." (Brian Baumgartner, known to most of us as Kevin from The Office.)"Experienced reincarnation without bothering to die."This one has biographies of some of the contributors and an index. Awesome! (But not so great on the Kindle, which is what I read this on.)

  • Cynthia
    2019-06-08 09:12

    Wow is all I can say about many of the six word memoirs in this book. Funny, tragic, poignant, scary. It is amazing how just six words can be used to tell a story. This is apparently a follow up book to several successful predecessors (Amazon can give you a list). I also gathered after the fact that people can go to the web site and submit their own stories and read those of others. The authors in this book are both famous and just regular people. The first six-word memoir ever heard was written by Ernest Hemingway - "Baby shoes for sale. Never worn." It is a great example of what you'll find in the book. A couple of gems: Wedding dress lasted longer than husband. Expected forever; have restraining order instead. Happily married until the paternity suit. Three terrible words: inoperable, brain, tumor.

  • Judy
    2019-05-31 07:13

    I grabbed this book since I so enjoyed the first volume in this series, Not Quite What I Was Planning. I didn't enjoy this book as much. Maybe it was because so many of the entries seemed to repeat the same concepts, maybe because so many of the entries seemed to be making a point not writing a memoir, maybe it was because this volume contained so many celebrity entries that seemed to be going for a laugh. I don't know. Anyway, there were a number of memoirs that made me laugh, some that made me cry, and some that I just enjoyed. Frank McCourt mused that "The miserable childhood leads to royalties" and an author whom I can't recall wrote, "Bipolar, no two ways about it." I found that reading these six word memoirs a few at a time added to their impact. I'm sure that I will be looking for the next volume in this series fairly quickly.

  • Justina
    2019-06-12 11:04

    Won this book in a first reads giveaway. If you are unfamiliar with the six-word memoir, it is just that. You must tell your life story in only six words. Think it can’t be done? After reading thousands of writers' six-word memoirs I was surprised to find that you really can tell a whole lot about yourself in only six words. Many of the memoirs were funny, while many were shockingly sad. Some made no sense at all and yet some were extremely poignant. There were a lot about being gay and coming out, divorce, death, reaching your dreams, and failing in life. In only six words each writer contributed a story.John Grogan, the author of the best selling book, Marley and Me, wrote, “That dumb dog sure paid off.” Well, that sure does sum up his life in six words!This is a fun coffee table book.

  • Lola
    2019-05-30 07:06

    I always enjoy a six-word memoir. They have a history all of their own, and you can really say so much in six words. This collection was a little weaker than previous ones though. It's also the first one I've read on my Kindle, and I found the format to be weird. I think I'll stick with buying them in paper for now on. Still, you never feel like your time has been wasted with a collection of six-word memoirs from SMITH magazine. Here are a few of my favorites from this collection.“Books then. Books now. Occasionally life."—Nancy Pearl“Little me would’ve liked big me." —Tova Goodman“My cat is an ungrateful brat."- Nellie McKay Recommended for devotees of these six-word memoir books. If you're new to them, I wouldn't make this your first one. Check out my favorite, I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure, first.

  • Wei-Wei
    2019-06-03 09:00

    I enjoyed this collection of memoirs. I had never heard of six-word memoirs before going to hear a woman speak at my local library where she gave me a copy of this book. You can really glean a lot from six words. Here are a few:"Studied psych, went psycho, searching psyche." Matt Lauterbach "Former boss: 'Writing's your worst skill!'" Amy Tan"I'm so tired I'm awake again." Chelsea Handler "Goth girl. White dog. Lint roller." Megan Durham "Could be poop, could be chocolate." Erin Kennedy"Optimistic pessimist. Introverted extrovert. Realist extremist." Dayna Goldberg "My blog is banned in China." Sandra Hanks Benoiton If you ever need a simple and interesting read, just pick up any book of six-word memoirs.

  • Beth
    2019-05-22 11:50

    I love the concept of 6-word memoirs - unfortunately, this collection is uneven in quality and repetitive in theme. The inclusion of several illustrations in the form of captioned sketches or complete comic panels was a nice break; the black text on white pages was broken up with choice memoirs in white font on a black background. Submissions from the late author Frank McCourt and a number of celebrities may be a draw for some readers; Molly Ringwald and Neil Patrick Harris are notable and pithy. A very short section elaborates further on some stories behind selected 6-word entries.The index is too incomplete to be of much use, with entries under a few broad categories like "laughter." A fun browse, but mostly forgettable - may be useful for writing prompts in workshops.

  • Mary Lou
    2019-05-30 05:50

    Really interesting concept. Some of the memoirs were brilliant, many less so. The one that made the biggest impact: "They called off the search party." Many of these would make excellent first lines for novels. There were a disproportionate number of entries from the LGBT crowd, and quite a few people who felt the need to tell us how much sex they're getting (seriously - nobody cares). Also a few too many people who seem to hate their parents, which saddens me. "It All Changed" can be read in an afternoon, but the challenge is to take the time to think a little bit about what each one is saying, and not plow through them.

  • usagi ☆ミ
    2019-06-11 11:52

    Perfect for what everyone is calling the "twitter generation", this book both made me laugh and cry in its simplicity when one's memoirs had to be truncated down to six words and only six words. I've tried doing this as an exercise myself and it's very difficult to get one's life down in six words, so I do have to give props to the various authors who managed to do it. This book is both inspiring and self-deprecating, perfect for today's recent high school or college graduate. Would definitely make a nice gift to that age group!(crossposted to librarything)

  • Yaaresse
    2019-06-01 06:53

    I'm probably rating this higher than it really deserves since only a few of the contributors seemed to grasp that the idea was to use six words only to write a short story or memoir and not humble-brag, whine, or wave the flag of their preferred dysfunction. Still, the good ones are really good, and the best aren't always from the "known" names. A fast, easy read, these are probably better enjoyed a few at a time as reading too many at ones tends to diminish appreciation for how clever (and difficult to pull off well) six word stories can be.

  • Ilana Waters
    2019-06-16 05:05

    I agree with another review that this book seemed a little tedious. For some reason (and I suppose it would help if I remembered it) I liked the "first" book better ("Not Quite What I Was Planning.") Indeed, many of the entries just seemed like random facts, not memoirs. Although I hesitate to critisize them, since I'm sure they are very meaningful to the authors,some were just plain confusing. Still, many others were clever, tender, and laugh-out-loud funny.

  • Quinesia Johnson
    2019-06-03 03:48

    Yea!What a clever concept: a memoir in six words. The interesting thing is they ask for a memoir, so some people's sentences were more like bios, and others more of an aspect or event in their life. My only negative is I feel they should have attempted to get more well known stars to submit versus the obscure. Some of the memoirs were cop outs, and some strange, but many were intriguing. Good book.

  • Becky
    2019-05-27 06:54

    Begins with: "I just hope there's a sequel," which this is. I may have liked this book better than the first because it included people I was more familiar with. (An entry by Temple Grandin!) The back stories was a welcome addition and the index was a needed improvement. I liked, "Practice every day, you get better." by Kenny G. The one that I hope most applies to me, "And they lived happily ever after..."