Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal - Amy Krouse Rosenthal
• Because the book is organized into chapters with classic subject headings such as Social Studies, Music, Language Arts, Math, etc.
• Because textbook is an expression meaning “quintessential,” as in, Oh, that wordplay and unconventional format is so typical of her, so textbook Amy.
• Because for the first time ever, readers can further engage with a book via text messaging.
• Because if an author’s previous book has Encyclopedia in the title, following it up with a Textbook would be rather nice.
Not exactly a memoir, not just a collection of observations, Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal is an exploration into the many ways we are connected on this planet and speaks to the awe, bewilderment, and poignancy of being alive.
This book is spare.
There is a lot of white space, emphasizing the importance of the text and images that do appear on various pages and spreads.
The truths are profound; the insights are simple but often missed in daily life.
Reading this after Rosenthal's passing is particularly emotional.
I found moments of serendipity within the text that I was not expecting, but which made me smile in light of Rosenthal's insights (she and my husband share a birthday! See: "The April 29th Experiment")
I wanted more. But I was satisfied.
We miss you Amy.