Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

ISBN-10: 1400080452

ISBN-13: 9781400080458

Edition: 2004

List price: $23.00
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"ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AN ORDINARY LIFE is a memoir in the form an encyclopedia, a collection of entries organized from Amy-Ziggy, that muses on the stuff of daily life, both trivial and essential. It's a book that breaks all the conventions of traditional memoir and is ultimately driven by that element that all good readers crave: voice. Amy Rosenthal's great accomplishment is the narrative thread that develops across the alphabetical landscape the book presents, so the reader gets a full and rich sense of one woman's life--ordinary, perhaps, but extraordinary in the sense that her observations are so dead-on and universal. The alphabetical organization feels random at first but soon develops a sense of narrative flow, and it turns out that this unusual literary device enables a reader to discover the meaning of things in a way that feels natural and has quiet power. The broken quality of the narrative has a particularly contemporary feel, and so 21st century readers, by now well accustomed to the world of interruption we all inhabit, will find it oddly familiar and comfortable. And extremely effective as a means for revealing a life. A most unusual and wonderful book: a memoir in the form of an encyclopedia, a kind of Schott's Miscellany for the human condition, beautifully, poignantly, and often quite humorously written by a young writer and NPR contributor. It provides a unique view of life at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century.
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List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/25/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 220
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056

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.

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