Have you ever wondered what inspired Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker to do what she does? Did you ever want to know about the turning point in comedian Billy Crystal’s career? Have you ever wondered how former New York City major Rudolph Giuliani was able to find something positive in the tragedy of September 11, 2002?
The Right Words at the Right Time, compiled by Marlo Thomas, answers all of the above questions. It is a collection of personal essays written by political leaders, business entrepreneurs, television personalities, actors, athletes, authors and musicians. The stories are meant to be heartwarming and inspirational, but only a few achieve this goal. The rest are tedious to read, causing the reader to imagine less tortuous ways to waste time. For this reason, it is not recommended that you read the book from cover to cover.
The Right Words at the Right Time is described as a “collectible book.” This reviewer is not sure what “collectible book” means in this case. Does the term refer to a book meant to be read again and again, until the pages are dog-eared and the binding is broken? If this is the goal, then the book has failed…miserably. If, on the other hand, the book was meant to be kept on a shelf collecting dust, or as a decoration on a coffee table, then the goal has been reached.
There are a few redeeming qualities to The Right Words at the Right Time. The first redeeming quality is the layout. The book is obviously set-up to make it easy to single out the stories of the individuals you know or care about, assuming you have the time or inclination to read them. The second and most important redeeming quality is that all the royalties go to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This is the only reason why the money spent on this book is worthwhile.