Monday, October 25, 2010

From the Stacks

Looking for a book for a patron, came across...

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous + Obscure, edited by Smith Magazine. In their introduction, Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith write:

The idea of telling a story in half a dozen words dates back to Ernest Hemingway. Legend has it that this great American writer was once challenged to write a whole novel in just six words. He came back with "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Since then, writers have been exploring the six-word story in many shapes and forms. Our idea was to ask readers for their six-word memoir--there's no topic you're a bigger expert on than yourself.
This book contains 600 six-word memoirs from teens ages 13 to 19 from across America and beyond. What can you say in six words? A dream. A secret. A mouthful. A lifetime. Some examples:

Shot for Ivies. Missed.
Community College?
I was so much happier fat.

Grandma's dying while I'm out shopping.

You're the parent, act like one.

He only knew one word: meh.

Remember your voice.
Wish I couldn't.
Still wishing for (ctrl+z) undo command.

Open the book anywhere and find others just as revealing, just as smug, poignant, sad, angry, funny. Also in the Six-Word Memoir series: Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs from Writers Famous + Obscure. A wonderful distraction to dip into during your day.

1 comment:

alyssa said...

Hi Emme,

Thanks for mentioning us! Your patrons can submit their own six-word memoirs to our online magazine, at!

SMITH intern