by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Recently our family has been loving picture books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Namely the three titles, Bedtime for Mommy, Little Pea, and Little Hoot. The prose is spare in all three, yet they manage to delight us with their wit. So when I heard about a book for adults by her, I decided to check it out.
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life* IS actually an encyclopedia type thing. (One never knows with all the novels named "how to..." this days. heh.) It begins with a Readers Agreement, which I loved, goes on to give a time-line of Rosenthal's ordinary life, and finishes up (after the Pause) with alphabetical entries (some illustrated). These I read somewhat out of order, but then went back to A again to make sure I had got them all. How could I not, when I might run into a gem like this?
The entry for 15 Minutes (as stolen from the website):
Still, this is my kind of non-fiction. I loved reading the little musings, the tiny anecdotes, and especially the descriptions of social experiments she performs.
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