Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

ISBN-10: 1400080460
ISBN-13: 9781400080465
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 12/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.49" wide x 8.24" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

"If you're looking for quotes from newspapers and magazines, NPR, book reviews, endorsements from thousands of readers and bloggers, google Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life" and just see for yourself how people everywhere are responding to this book. In "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Amy Krouse Rosenthal has ingeniously adapted the centuries-old format of the encyclopedia to convey the accumulated knowledge of her lifetime in a poignant, wise, often funny, fully realized memoir. Using mostly short entries organized from A to Z, many of which are cross-referenced, Rosenthal captures in wonderful and episodic detail the moments, observations, and emotions that comprise a contemporary life. Start anywhere--preferably at the beginning--and see how one young woman's alphabetized existence can open up and define the world in new and unexpected ways. An ordinary life, perhaps, but an extraordinary book. Cross-section of ordinary life at this exact moment A security guard is loosening his belt. A couple is at a sushi restaurant with some old friends. They are reminiscing. In the back of their minds, they are thinking of being home. A woman is trying to suck on a cherry Lifesaver but will end up biting it in six seconds. A little boy is riding the train home with his dad after spending the day together at his office. A man is running back into a grocery store to look for a scarf he dropped. He will leave with the phone number of a woman who will become his wife. Words the author meant to use Flair, Luxurious, Panoply, Churlish, Dainty, Folly Wines that go nicely with this book reds: Marcel Lapierre Morgon (France), Alario Dolcetto d'Alba CostaFiore (Italy) whites: King Estate Pinot Gris (Oregon), Landmark Chardonnay Overlook (California) Book, standing in the bookstore holding a If I am standing there with the book in my hand, one of three things has already happened: Friend recommended it. Read a good review. Cover caught my eye. Next I go to the flaps. The front flap needs to intrigue/not bore me, and the bio needs to tell me just enough about the author. I'll do my best to extract the author's entire existence from their 2-X-2 inch photo. Off to the back cover. I'll be momentarily impressed when I see a blurb by a hot writer like ____, but I know that it is just as likely that I'll like the book as hate it regardless of these quotes. I look at them in a more voyeuristic way, like a literary gaper's delay: Wow, the author knows So and So. Bet they send each other clever text messages. Really the only thing I can gauge from the blurbs is my own pathetic jealousy level. To get a true sense of the book, I have to spend a minute inside. I'll glance at the first couple pages, then flip to the middle, see if the language matches me somehow. It's like dating, only with sentences. Somesentences, no matter how well-dressed or nice, just don't do it for me. Others I click with instantly. It could be something as simple yet weirdly potent as a single word choice (tangerine). We're meant to be, that sentence and me. And when it happens, you just know.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the author of adult and children's books. She is the author of the memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. She has written over 20 children's books including Little Pea, Little Hoot, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, Duck! Rabbit!, Spoon, The OK Book, and Plant a Kiss. Her short films include The Beckoning of Lovely, The Money Tree, The Kindness Thought Bubble, and Life is a Marathon. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Hallmark Magazine, Parenting, O: The Oprah Magazine, and McSweeney's. She is also the host of the radio show Writers' Block Party on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. Her title Exclamation Mark! made the New York Times Best Seller List for 2013 and Uni the Unicorn made the New York Times bestseller List in 2014.

Title Page
Reader's Agreement
Foreword
Characters
Contents
Acknowledgments
Orientation Almanac
Evolution of This Moment
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