Larry Smith, Rachel Fershleiser

Six Word Memoirs

Larry Smith, Rachel Fershleiser

Talk: Six Word Memoirs

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. 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.

Larry Smith

Larry Smith is an American author and editor, and publisher of Smith Magazine. He is best known for developing the best-selling book series "Six-Word Memoirs", a literary subgenre that took on a life of its own in popular culture as publications began holding reader contests and publishing the results.The form has been described as "American haiku."

Rachel Fershleiser

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.

Six Word Memoirs

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.

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