Tuesday, July 24, 2007

52. "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life" - Amy Krouse Rosenthal

As Amy states from the beginning, she grew up in a normal family, she was never abused, she has no major story to tell other than an encyclopedic reference of her ordinary life. Chronologically, then alphabetically, the reader is rushed through the tidbits that made up the thoughts and life of Amy.

That's it. She doesn't die after a long, difficult battle with cancer. She is simply telling the world that she is here. Somehow, her appeals for communication - through randomly placed postcards with money tucked in, through pleas for emails, through this non-fictional account of her life - is a reminder of how out of touch we are, as a society, with each other.

Amy's observations are dead-on. In fact, after reading the fine print on the back of the title page, I became enamored with her "purple flower moments." Luckily, she continues this online.

As she states along the way, who would care to read about her? Everyone... because you may find a piece of your own soul within the pages.

4.75 out of 5.0 Purple Bikini Martinis.

1 comment:

Kristen said...

Hi! New reader here (and already a fervent admirer of your ratings system). Great review! I realized halfway through reading it that I picked this up at the bookstore and was dying to read it but (cheapskate that I am) chose not to, because it was only available in hardcover at the time. Maybe now I'll look for it again.