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REVIEW: The Moment edited by Larry Smith @harpercollins

Book Description

January 3, 2012
The turning points, revelations, epiphanies, dramatic changes, the opening or closing of a door—in a life, a career, a love—can occur in a single glorious, terrible, unpredictable, serendipitous, crucial, calamitous, chaotic, amazing . . . Moment.
The creators of the enormously popular Not Quite What I Was Planning and Six-Word Memoir series now offer stories of the Moment—the one-time chances, unexpected coincidences, and sudden catastrophes that made all the difference in the story of one life.
The results are triumphant, outrageous, heartwarming, heartbreaking, embarrassing, illuminating, and inspiring—life-changing moments from contributors Dave Eggers, Diane Ackerman, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill Ayers, Jennifer Egan, A. J. Jacobs, Judy Collins, and many more.

About the Author

SMITH Magazine founding editor Larry Smith has worked as an editor at Men's Journal, ESPN: The Magazine, and Might. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Popular Science, on, and many other places. Larry lives in New York City


  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006171965X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061719653


This is such an inspiring book of essays!   It is full of famous and not so famous people relating what moment in their lives was truly something that had a great impact on their lives and the lives of others, even if they didn't realize it at the time.  The stories are honest and reflective in a way that can be most surprising to the reader.  Each one has somewhat of an Ah Ha moment where the author describes an occurrence of an event that at the time, really didn't seem that important but when they look back upon it, it is  special indeed.

I think my favorite one is Melissa Etheridge relating her singing A Piece of My Heart on an award show while she was undergoing cancer treatment at the time.  She didn't see it as anything important at the time, but that performance gave strength to breast cancer survivors everywhere.  She did it while not looking her best and with no hair.   There are alot of little things this book offers most of which, is the wonderful attitude of those who have just done things and then thought about them later.  You can easily pick this one up read a few pages and then reread the same pages and get even more out of the stories. 


    1. Great review..this would make a great coffee table gift :)

    2. So happy I found your blog by searching reviews for The Moment. I can't put it down either - and it's not just because I am on page 171.

      I'll be back for more BookHounds, for sure!



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