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The Right Words at The Right Time
When You purchase a new
Words at the Right
--proceeds are donated to
St Jude Children's Research Hospital
2002, Marlo Thomas released The Right Words at the Right Time, a
collection of inspiring, first-person stories in which 108 celebrated icons
-- from Muhammad Ali and Katie Couric to Jack Nicholson and Oprah Winfrey --
recalled a time in their lives when just the right words, spoken at
precisely the right moment, changed their lives.
The book became an instant bestseller, and in the months following its
release, Marlo quickly discovered that she had done more than simply produce
a wildly popular book. She had struck a chord.
“Everywhere I went,” Marlo recalls, “people approached me, eager to tell me
about the words that had changed their lives. In airports and restaurants,
at book signings and on the street. And the mail just kept coming.
“The most touching part,” she adds, “was that these weren’t just stories.
They were pieces of these people’s lives -- honest, compelling and always
straight from the heart.”
Marlo had originally planned to assemble a second volume of Right Words
stories, again written by celebrities. But the enthusiastic and personal
response by readers of the first book gave her a different idea.
“While the first Right Words told us about the remarkable journeys
taken by people who I admired and were well known to all of us,” says Marlo,
“I began to think about how exciting it would be to put together a book that
gave a voice to everyone else, everyday people whose heroism is embodied in
the smaller but no less significant strides they took at an important
crossroads in their lives -- with their family, with their friends, even
For everyone who needs a hero or loves a good story, here is an inspiring
collection of personal revelations from more than 100 remarkable men and
women who share a moment when words changed their lives.
Award-winning actress and bestselling author Marlo Thomas is joined by
such luminaries as Muhammad Ali, Tom Brokaw, Cal Ripken Jr., Steven
Spielberg, Venus Williams, Rudy Giuliani, Toni Morrison, Jack Nicholson, Mel
Brooks, Laura Bush, Billy Crystal, Tom Wolfe and Katie Couric, who each tell
a story of a crucial turning point in their lives brought about by the right
words at the right time. These first-person accounts of challenges and
victories can provide guidance to all of us as we come to life's crossroads.
Al Pacino and Gwyneth Paltrow were instructed by words they heard during
a crisis. Billy Crystal and Chris Rock used their humor to guide them. Ruth
Bader Ginsburg received advice from her mother-in-law on her wedding day
that continues to help her on the Supreme Court. These original stories
encompass life's struggles and adventures and demonstrate how people we
admire found hope and inspiration through words delivered by family or
friends, heard in a movie or play, sung on the radio, told in a joke or even
drawn in a cartoon.
The Right Words at the Right Time gathers the wit and wisdom of
more than 100 innovators, thinkers and cultural icons and puts them into one
"That Girl" Thomas follows up her bestselling
inspirational volume, which collected stories from luminaries describing
times when well-chosen words impacted their lives, with this collection
of personal essays from more than 90 "ordinary Americans,", selected
from thousands of submissions to a national contest. From the experience
of a naval officer who comes to a major career decision in a Burger King
to a woman's epiphany at a Zen Buddhist Monastery in Japan, these
simple, touching stories highlight the moments when the right phrases or
comments made a life-changing difference. Divided into thematic sections
like "At a Crossroads," "Taking Chances," and "Letting Go," Thomas's new
title may be a little Chicken Soup-esque, but this is no canned
concentrate-this is genuine, home-cooked comfort food. Proceeds benefit
St. Jude Children's hospital.
In her remarkable follow-up to The Right Words at the Right Time,
Marlo Thomas once again taps into the human spirit, assembling a
breathtaking collection of inspiring essays about the enduring power of
words. From big cities to farm communities, from office cubicles to
hospital wards, Thomas presents 101 new first-person stories that are at
once universal and strikingly personal.
You'll meet a "Plain Jane" from Seattle, whose world
was rocked by a passing remark made by her favorite musician backstage
at a concert. You'll hear from the bereaved fiancé of a 9/11 victim, who
found hope in a note pinned to a teddy bear left by a schoolgirl. And
your heart will break for a prison inmate, who recalls the one piece of
advice he still wishes he took. In each case, words had made all the
As this astonishing anthology proves, the "right
words" can be found anywhere -- the pages of a dusty, old songbook; the
pulpit of a neighborhood church; the wreckage of Ground Zero; a
hand-stitched sampler hanging on a wall; and a child's simple expression
The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2: Your
Turn! is a collection to be read and read
again -- a volume that will be cherished by both fans of the original
book and anyone who has ever been touched by the startling and
life-affirming magic of words.