It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure (Paperback)

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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 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.”

Praise For…


“Will thrill minimalists and inspire maximalists.”

“The brilliance is in the brevity.”

“A perfect distraction and inspiration.”

“Irresistibly clever.”

“American haiku.”

“You could spend a lifetime brainstorming.”

“The pithiest of life stories.”

“Makes for compulsive reading and prove arguably as insightful as any 300+ page biography. Taken as a whole, this cascade of quotes from contributors famous and unknown creates a dizzying snowball effect of perspectives and feelings.”

“A torrent of self-expression not unlike the one launched by Frank Warren when he began inviting people to write their secrets on the back of postcards.”

“The petite self-portraits encompass love and love, joy and sorrow-everything you’d expect from a longer book.”

“A fabulously appealing exercise both for writers and for readers.”

“A good number conjure up both a story line and a worldview. Six-word review: Buy it, keep it in bathroom.”

“I fell so in love with it.”

“Six words. Personal stories. Infinite possibilities. These ADD autobiographies prove that brevity can be the soul not simply of wit.”

“Dude’s weird premise yields interesting stories.”

“Six-word memoirs leave book lover speechless.”


Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061719431
ISBN-10: 0061719439
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 5th, 2010
Pages: 272
Language: English