The Moment edited by Larry Smith
This little gem of a book caught my eye because it is from the same team that created the infamous “Six-word memoirs” series. As any fan of that series knows, those books are truly awe-inspiring not only because they are fun, but because they ring true about so many things in life.
In this latest installment, 125 writers and artists are back at it again to reflect on The Moment—that one instance in their life that was a defining or turning point, or as Oprah nicely puts it, their “Aha!” moment. Fortunately, the contributors were not limited to six words this time, though most stories do take place on just two pages— nice little tidbits to ruminate on before moving to the next one.
I was sucked right in to the many tales that rolled forth from this precious volume. A few of my favorites were “Chalk face” by A.J. Jacobs, which reminded me of the grade school nuns who used to break out the ruler when we misbehaved; “No consolation” by Neal Pollack, my hands-down favorite (I dare you not to get teary-eyed; “Momento Mori,” which asks the big question of “What if..?”; and “Motherless” (hang on to those tissues).
All the tales are so different, yet so fascinating. I kept this book tucked in my purse and found myself reaching for it like a teenager reaching for their cell phone—again and again. I couldn’t put it down. I was almost actually annoyed when I had to put it down and get back to the task at hand! Something about these tiny, yet powerful, epiphanies drew me back time after time. Many of the tales felt like they could have been written by me, and others opened my eyes to remind me of the spectacular diversity of our human race.
If you are looking for a quiet yet compulsively addictive read, I highly recommend this special little book. Six word review: Read it and spread the word!