Authors:Edited by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith
You must buy this book, now! After reading this book I find myself trying to “six word and count” everything. As the editors say, it’s addictive. This book is a keeper and belongs in every writer’s reference shelf, not the old dusty bookshelves where you store your classics. Editors Smith and Fershleiser both are with Smith magazine.Smith magazine was launched in 2006 and is dedicated to storytelling. The editors were inspired during National Novel Writing Month to “lower the bar” and rather than go for lengthy memoirs, to limit them to just six words. That’s right, just six words (oops, that was only five). They were also inspired by a six-word piece written by Ernest Hemingway--“For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn.”
Smith and Fershleiser sent out a clarion call for memoir entries and they weren’t disappointed. Six word memoirs rolled in by the thousands, from well-known writers to lesser known (or not known at all) writers to everyday folks.
Here are just a few plucked from the book in random order:
Followed yellow brick road, disappointment ensued.
Struggling Southern eccentric finding my happiness.
Danced in field of Infinite Possibilities (Deepak Chopra)
Soul’d out so I could prophet (Deepak’s son)
In case you are reading this and are worried you missed the boat to be in this terrific book, fear no longer, a second book will be published in the future. Six Word Memoirs (www.sixwordmemoirs.com) is seeking new submissions!
The above review was contributed by: Shelley Bueche: Shelley is a nonfiction book reviewer for Book Pleasures and a number of other media-related outlets. She enjoys reading memoirs, books about Texas and books with canine-related themes. Shelley is a freelance reporter and writes children’s book for the educational market. For more information, visit her website. Click Here to read Shelley's reviews.
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