Not Quite What I Was Planning

Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

By Rachel Fershleiser (Editor); Larry Smith (Editor)
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061374050, 225pp.)

Publication Date: February 2008

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Description

Deceptively simple and surprisingly addictive, Not Quite What I Was Planning is a thousand glimpses of humanity--six words at a time.

One Life. Six Words. What's Yours?

When 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-sized pieces. From authors Jonathan Lethem and Richard Ford to comedians Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris, to ordinary folks around the world, everyone has a six-word story to tell.




About the Author
Rachel Fershleiser is SMITH's memoir editor and has written for the Village Voice, the New York Press, Print, and the National Post. Rachel lives in New York City.

The author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "Beyond Glory" and "The Few and the Proud", Larry Smith previously worked for the "New York Times" and "Parade" magazine. He lives in South Norwalk, Connecticut.
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