Cover image for Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Title:
Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Author:
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse, author.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]
Physical Description:
xv, 317 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
"In the ten years since her beloved, groundbreaking Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, New York Times bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal has been quietly at work on this modest but mighty magnum opus, creating a spectacular literary experience that is unprecedented, unforgettable, and explosively human. Amy Krouse Rosenthal has cultivated a distinct blend of nonlinear memoir, observational humor, wistful reflections, and interactive connections with readers. A decade after Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, she's back with a sublime new work, a timeless collection of insights, memories, and moments that are at once intimate and universal. Why the title Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal? Because each piece of prose is organized into classic subjects such as Social Studies, Music, and Language Arts. Because textbook would accurately describe a book with a first-of-its-kind interactive text messaging component. Because textbook is an expression meaning "quintessential"--Oh, that wordplay and unconventional format is so typical of her, so textbook AKR. Because if an author's previous book has the word encyclopedia in the title, following it up with a textbook would be rather nice. Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal speaks to the awe, bewilderment, and poignancy of being alive"--

Rosenthal's new work is a timeless collection of insights, memories, and moments that are at once intimate and universal. Why title it a "textbook"? Because each piece of prose is organized into classic subjects-- and because wordplay and unconventional format is so typical of her. In this collection, Rosenthal speaks to the awe, bewilderment, and poignancy of being alive.
Language:
English
Contents:
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Pre-Assessment -- Geography -- Social Studies -- Art -- Science -- Midterm Essay -- Romance Language -- History -- Music -- Math -- Language Arts -- Final Review -- End Notes.
ISBN:
9781101984543
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Item Holds
Searching...
PS3618.O83946 Z46 2016 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Searching...
Searching...
PS3618.O83946 Z46 2016 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

Amy Krouse Rosenthal has cultivated a distinct blend of nonlinear memoir, observational humor, wistful reflections and interactive connections with readers. A decade after Encyclopaedia of an Ordinary Life, she's back with a sublime new work, a timeless collection of insights, memories and moments that are at once intimate and universal. This is more than a memoir; it's an innovative, at-times experimental and utterly unforgettable work that speaks to the awe, bewilderment and poignancy of being alive.


Author Notes

Amy Krouse Rosenthal was born in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Tufts University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked in advertising for several years. She wrote both children's and adult books. Her children's books included Little Pea, Little Hoot, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, Duck! Rabbit!, Spoon, The OK Book, Plant a Kiss, I Wish You More, That's Me Loving You, Exclamation Mark!, and Uni the Unicorn. She also wrote a picture book with her daughter Paris entitled Dear Girl. Her books for adults include Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Her short films include The Beckoning of Lovely, The Money Tree, The Kindness Thought Bubble, and Life Is a Marathon. Her essays and articles appeared in The New York Times, Hallmark Magazine, Parenting, O: The Oprah Magazine, and McSweeney's. She was also the host of the radio show Writers' Block Party on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. She died of ovarian cancer on March 13, 2017 at the age of 51.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Rosenthal is a marvel. She's a publisher's dream, a rare writer who can appeal to both adults and kids. How does she captivate multiple demographics? Simple. She takes us all to school. It's been a decade since her alphabetized memoir, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (2005), proved that she is a talented storyteller with an experimental flair for formatting: it is an actual encyclopedia. Now she's returned with more wonderful tales from her life that are equally aspirational and relatable. Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal is just that, a textbook, albeit for adults. It's organized as your local guidance counselor would prefer, by subject (geography, history, math), and there is a pre-test and post-test as well. In addition, it is a text-friendly book in which the author invites readers to play the home version and text along at appointed times. This engaging, playful, and clever glimpse into one woman's life offers lots of photographs, graphic illustrations, and diagrams, resulting in a book that will make readers smile as their notions of story-delivery expand.--Paloutzian, Andie Copyright 2016 Booklist


Library Journal Review

In today's digital age, with its ever mounting distractions, Rosenthal's (Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life) newest work offers some optimism for how reflection, curiosity, and imagination can be sustained. A testament to the notion that books and technology don't have to be at odds, this part memoir, part art installation offers a series of vignettes (personal anecdotes, observations, drawings, and photographs) divided into different subjects reminiscent of a high school "textbook." Yet, as Rosenthal poses questions and encourages readers to respond via text messaging, it is also a "text book." The author collects and shares outside contributions on her website, extending the conversation beyond the book. More than an intriguing concept, it is an artful arrangement of image and text and a compelling read. An abundant use of white space reveals that Rosenthal is unafraid to take breaths between thoughts. In doing so, she gives her audience the same generous opportunity, pairing the best of what print and digital have to offer: narrative for contemplation and online interaction for community. VERDICT Readers will want to return to this book again and also share it with those they love best. [See Prepub Alert, 2/8/16.]-Meagan Lacy, Guttman Community Coll., CUNY © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Pre-Assessmentp. 8
Unit 1 Geographyp. 17
Unit 2 Social Studiesp. 61
Unit 3 Artp. 131
Unit 4 Sciencep. 151
Midterm Essayp. 167
Unit 5 Romance Languagep. 173
Unit 6 Historyp. 191
Unit 7 Musicp. 203
Unit 8 Mathp. 215
Unit 9 Language Artsp. 243
Final reviewp. 283
End Notesp. 307