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March 2009 Newsletter

Greetings Readers and Happy March!

Isn't it great when you discover something totally new? You start thinking about it all the time. Someone sent me an NPR story on Six Word Memoirs. It was on Valentine's Day, and listeners called in to share their love stories in six words. The classic six word story came from Hemingway who wrote, "For sale: Baby shoes, never worn." How's that for a message! Now, this was the first time I heard it, and I could not believe what an impact that one brief phrase had on me. I was completely intrigued by the idea, and moved and entertained by some of the clips read from the book Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak and then by the ones called in to the station.

The original book published was Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure , and now there's an expanded deluxe edition. Also in the works, but not to be released until Sept. 2009, is: I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure . These are tiny slivers of life and passion that tell a complete story in an amazingly succinct manner. Some of them are utterly brilliant!

OK, I have so many favorites I have to share a few:

Black man. White house. We overcame.
His beautiful heart makes mine bigger.
He didn't get on the plane.
Weight gain. Hair loss. We're even.
A deep breath, then a leap.
Loved my Dad. Never told him.
Handsome man, I notice. Still alive!
Cursed with cancer. Blessed by friends.
I still make coffee for two.
No wife. No kids. No problems.

Some of these are in the books, others I heard on the radio show and some came from my bookclub friends! I hope we'll have more to share at our next meeting! My bookclub in 6 words?
Growing and sharing. Pages and friends.
Tell us about yours!!

Happy Reading!
Frances




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