Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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How do you conjure a life? 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.

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About Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a best-selling author, blogger, and filmmaker. She lives in Chicago. Say hello to her at Whoisamy.com. Tom Lichtenheld is also a best-selling author and illustrator, and he also lives in the Chicago area. You can see all of Tom's books and more at Tomlichtenheld.com.
Published December 18, 2007 by Broadway Books. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Rosenthal likes lists: of low points in her life, codes that people memorize, sounds that seem loud though they're actually quiet.

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Suite 101

So opens Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s 2005 book Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, a book that may be as hard to categorize as its author.

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Spirituality & Practice

Things to memorize include phone number and home address, cell phone number, pager number, pin number, social security number, and E-mail password.

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Nashville Public Library

In short alphabetical entries, Rosenthal describes the minutiae of her life and feelings, from Letters (“The letters a, e, g, and s seem nice;

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