Friday, September 23, 2016

Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is largely recognized for her best-selling children’s books, but did you know she’s also a fantastic author for adults? Her sort-of memoir, Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, chronicles her adult life in a unique style.

The book is organized into chapters titled with classic subjects one would find in a school curriculum: Geography, Social Studies, Romance Languages, Science, etc. She provides lighthearted and funny observations per subject, and Rosenthal takes the obscure thoughts that many of us have thought of at least once in our lives and gives them life.

It is unlike a conventional memoir which provides structured anecdotes of the author’s life from youth to adulthood; Rosenthal instead gives the reader a collection of snippets of life with her family, exchanges with complete strangers, and short musings on the stuff of life. 

The memoir is creatively styled in an engaging, clever way with images, diagrams, and a purposeful placement of blank pages. Not only does she captivate readers with a non-linear format, but also makes her book digitally interactive, meaning she provides a number for readers to text in the introduction and throughout the book gives people a chance to text in a word or picture.

I would strongly recommend checking out Amy Krouse Rosenthal's many children's books even if you're not a parent, such as The OK Book, but for those looking for similar adult non-fiction reads, you might enjoy Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened

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