Encyclopedia of An Ordinary Life

Encyclopedia of An Ordinary Life

(volume One)

Book - 2004 | First edition.
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A snappy, random, remarkable memoir - the first of its kind to give readers an honest flaws-n-all perspective of what it's like to be...ordinary. Initially inspired by the bizarre, haphazard arrangement' of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, Rosenthal has collected a lifetime of thoughts, observations and decisions, and created an alphabetised personal encyclopedia, complete with cross-referenced entries and illustrations. Whether you are laughing aloud or nodding along, reading Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life is like being introduced to a new friend.'
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2004]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9781400080458
Branch Call Number: 973.9310207 Ros
Characteristics: 220 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 26, 2017

Just a joy. Ingenious concept to write an autobiography in this structure. The highlights of our lives are memories silly and profound, almost incredible coincidences, and gratitude for those who shaped us and loved us. Unfortunately, I never heard of her until news of her death.

LPL_PolliK Apr 14, 2017

I found this book immediately after Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away, and it broke my heart wide open that we had lost such a person. Amy was luminous and ordinary, all at once, and we are lucky that in addition to over 30 children's books, she wrote two memoirs, this being the first. What I found in the Encyclopedia was a memoir like no other. (Not Hyperbole.) She includes orienting features and factual asides. Amy would like us to know that the word coffee appears 23 times. Awkward, 6. Love, 78. Amy includes a timeline of events that chronicle the authors, activities, happenstances, and preferences that lead her to write a memoir-cum-encyclopedia. A charming book, full of meaning and heart, made poignant by the loss of the beautiful soul who wrote it. Read and I think you'll find yourself wondering: what might your own Encyclopedia look like?

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 27, 2015

The amusing things that punctuate ordinary life are documented by Rosenthal in her charming encyclopedia-style memoir, complete with the alphabetic entries and black and white illustrations. This book is filled with universal truths, self-discovery, and is irrepressively funny.

Aug 08, 2012

Delicious! Moments of laughing out loud, moments of recollection and introspection. I wanted to finish it in the hotel room after the first flight, but I held off and finished it shortly after the third takeoff, bound for home.
When asked what category this book fits, I had to stop after "non-fiction"... memoir? humor? self-help? Powell's has is under "Humor-Narrative". How about we just call it "recommended" and be done with it.

TheRachelS Jun 16, 2011

Recommended by Alyssa Charbonneau

Aug 23, 2010

This was a great book to read on a rainy weekend. It was light and funny and I felt that I could completely relate to quite of few of her entries. It's the kind of book that I would give to my girlfriends as a quirky birthday gift.


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Aug 08, 2012

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