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Friday, March 10, 2023

Review: TEXTBOOK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5+ stars.

I love this book as much as Rosenthal's Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life except there was a pall hanging over me the whole time I read it because I had learned about the author's death between the reading of the first and second "adult" book.

There is one section where Rosenthal talks about recognizing that her life is limited so she must treasure those moments of gazing at trees (or whatever) but in her example she says it is likely she'll die somewhere around age 80. I'm pretty sure that I sobbed at that point knowing that she was right, she did have a limited life span, but it had been much more limited than she guessed. Sigh.

I decided I want my mother to read her books, Encyclopedia and Textbook, but I will give her stern warnings not to open the card from me until she is done reading both. In the card I will explain that the author died of cancer in 2017, just a year after this book was published. It will make the memory of the book both sweet and poignant for her, I believe. My mother, btw, is 94 and a person of life who really treasures life and ordinary daily happenings. She'll appreciate Amy Krouse Rosenthal's gusto for our ordinary lives.

Now I'm off to see if any of her text links or email links are still alive...Amy Krouse Rosenthal TEXTBOOK website is a thing and I actually was able to submit a purple flower moment "Scones and barking". It is a fun interactive website where you can see photos of rainbows and self-portraits, and listen to recitations and music. I recommend spending some time on it. TEXTBOOK Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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