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Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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Jun 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: grown-up-books, biography-memoir, funny
Read from May 12 to June 01, 2011

Until I read this book, Amy Krouse Rosenthal was known to me only as a children's book author (the really funny, talented author of such gems as Duck! Rabbit! and Little Oink). When I found out she'd written a book for adults, I thought it would probably be as irreverent, amusing and creative as her books for young people. I was right!

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life is unlike most other memoirs. It's a reference book about Amy's existence made up of very short entries of completely random Amy-related information. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes poignant. Many times she shares one of those spot-on observations about life that you've never really thought about, but know instantly to be true. For example, from the entry "BOWLING" comes this reflection: "It would be difficult to convince me that leaning has no effect whatsoever on the outcome of my bowling."

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“It would be difficult to convince me that leaning has no effect whatsoever on the outcome of my bowling.”
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life


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