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Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal - Excerpt

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal - Excerpt

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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.

To read more about Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life or Amy Krouse Rosenthal please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
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.

To read more about Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life or Amy Krouse Rosenthal please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Publish date: Dec 6, 2005
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right © 2005 by Amy Krouse Rosenthal All rights reserved.Published in the United States by Three Rivers Press, an imprint of theCrown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. www.crownpublishing.com
three rivers press
and the Tugboat design are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc.Originally published in hardcover in the United States byCrown Publishers, New York, in 2004.Not responsible for lost or stolen property.Not responsible for the weather, the moon, or scalding nature of soup.Not responsible for the extra
s
some people add to the word
occasion.
Not responsible for the short, edible window be
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eenthe banana is not ripe enough and the banana is rotten.See page 226 for permissions credits.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.Encyclopedia of an ordinary life : volume one / Amy Krouse Rosenthal.—1st ed.1. Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.2. Women—United States—Biography.I. Title.CT275.R7855A32004973.931'02'07dc222004011332
isbn
1-4000-8046-0
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Not responsible for the lovely ladybug or purple irisor
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irtatious glancethat was yours to enjoybut which you did not notice.Printed in the United States of America
design by elizabeth van itallieillustrations by jeffrey middleton
24681097531First Paperback Edition
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
 was written in Chicago at Julius Meinl Co
◊ 
eehouse and Katerina’s Café.
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mawls reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This clever book takes you through the life of the author bit by bit. I'm not sure if I loved it because I found myself relating to many of her life experiences/thoughts/feelings or simply because it was entertaining and a joy to read.

I also love finding books that have unconventional formats.
cait815 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I really enjoyed this book. I could relate to much of what the author wrote about and, on multiple occasions, would read an entry that brought some long forgotten memory of mine to the surface (and a smile to my face).
shelleyraec reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Gas TankEvery Single Solitary Time I go to get gas I have to lean out the window to see which side the tank is on. - Amy Krouse Rosenthal and me too!I finally got to read it -quick and easy in about 2 hours or so. I liked it - it was quirky and random and I found myself nodding or laughing or thinking me too during a lot of the entries (that may say something about me though) I have a lot of random thoughts but i rarely share them - in fact I never bothered getting a blog because my blog would probably read something like this book - dissconnected randomness and who would be interested? Turns out someone could be. Maybe its a perfect way to write about me.I embrace the ordinary-ess - and perhaps because I have just read several very serious/involving books in a row it was a relief.Life is as often made up of random everyday more than crisis and epiphanies.3.5 stars
marcush_42 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Amy Krouse Rosenthal creates a unique and imaginative biography. At times I get tired of biographies--their linear progression, expert testimony, etc. While I may not be able to connect with all Rosenthal's life experiences, the encyclopedia entry format allows the reader to connect with what they want to. I recommend reading this if you are looking for something different and original.
sarahfine_1 reviewed this
Hard to describe, and often hilariously truthful. The entries in this "Encyclopedia" chronicle the wonders of mundane existence. I was particularly amused by the entry entitled "Sneezing": "Jason sneezes. God Bless You, I say. He sneezes again. God bless you. He sneezes a third time. Bless you, I say kinda angrily. He sneezes for the fourth time. Stop it already, I say. It's annoying now. As if he can help it."
brianajae reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I loved it. It is a memoir of sorts. It is a bunch of random thoughts about life, organized alphabetically. I love memoirs of normal people more than anything. Biographies of famous people are fine, but I love finding things I can connect with. This is a quick read, and a fun one.
campingmomma reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I really enjoyed this book, though it is most definately odd. For example, under the letter D, Doing Something, "It is so much easier to not do something than to do something. Even the smallest task like...putting away the butter, requires time, focus, and follow-through." That just resonated with me. I can be having a lazy day and realize I didn't put the butter away. What's the worst that can happen? It will melt and I'll waste 68 cents and will have to put more effort into cleaning it up later. I get up and put the butter away. She's right it does require time, focus, effort and follow-through. This is not a fiction book to read before bed. I took it on a bus trip and it was perfect for that b/c the short little paragraphed sections allowed me to put it down at a moments notice and easily recall where I left off without feeling like I must get to the end of the chapter before closing the book.The book partially titled "...Ordinary Life", so yes most of it was just normal, everday, ordinary observations. That's what makes it easy to connect with.
blacksheepdances reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I'm all for random thoughts and the often brilliant little flashes that may strike us now and then, but this collection is too ordinary. Nothing knocked me out and some of it was just a waste of paper and time.
aharey reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I stumbled onto this book through another author (Cathy Zielski)'s blog. This is a fresh approach to writing- no claim to be an extraordinary individual. Just the mundane activities that make up life. It is a great read and really made myself think about my own life.
katkealy reviewed this
Rated 2/5
GREAT intro. Don't buy the book or take it home from the library. Read the intro; it's the only good part of the book. There are some other minor high points throughout, but it's not worth reading the whole thing to get to those parts.

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