Not Quite What I Was Planning

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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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A fascinating, addictively compelling, illustrated collection of six-word memoirs that are alternately humorous, sad, and strange, from writers both famous and obscure. 32 b&w illustrations throughout.


Not Quite What I Was Planning
Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

Chapter One

After Harvard, had baby with crackhead.
—Robin Templeton

Seventy years, few tears, hairy ears.
—Bill Querengesser

Watching quietly from every door frame.
—Nicole Resseguie

Catholic school backfired. Sin is in!
—Nikki Beland

Savior complex makes for many disappointments.
—Alanna Schubach

Nobody cared, then they did. Why?
—Chuck Klosterman

Some cross-eyed kid, forgotten then found.
—Diana Welch

She said she was negative. Damn.
—Ryan McRae

Born in the desert, still thirsty.
—Georgene Nunn

A sake mom, not soccer mom.
—Shawna Hausman

I asked. They answered. I wrote.
—Sebastian Junger

No future, no past. Not lost.
—Matt Brensilver

Extremely responsible, secretly longed for spontaneity.
—Sabra Jennings

Joined Army. Came out. Got booted.
—Johan Baumeister

Not Quite What I Was Planning
Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure
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