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Publisher Description

How do you conjure a life examined? Give the truest account of what you saw, felt, learned, loved, strived for?

For Amy Krouse Rosenthal, the surprising answer came in the form of an encyclopedia. In Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life she has ingeniously adapted this centuries-old format for conveying knowledge into 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
January 25
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Momwithmission ,

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

I enjoyed this refreshing perspective on our ordinary lives and the author's ability to bring a sense of gratitude for the commonplace.
There was much I related to, much that made me smile, and much to appreciate about this interesting format for documenting a life.

I would love to catch up with Amy in her 80's and see what she would update!

Zev Lewinson ,

Admirer of Amy

I was generous in giving this book three stars because its author recently passed away. Although certain passages merit five stars, the book is quite rushed. I only bought it because I missed Amy and was so impressed by her NY Times article about her husband, that I wanted to read more to get to know her better. But unfortunately, this book had a deadline. That means Amy was not allowed the space to be her truly creative self. I can forgive the typos I found in the book, but not the overall sense of haste in the creation of this "lite" read. Still, it does capture some of Amy's spiritual, yet funky personality. It captures her moods, introspection, quirkiness, sense of humor and awareness of human frailty. And from that perspective, it became a worthwhile read. Still, I wish Amy would have been given more time from her publisher. But then again, I wish Amy would have been given more time from God. May she Rest In Peace.

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