Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

This interesting book came to me through bookcrossing, a wonderful site for booklovers. The book is a collection of random thoughts, organized alphabetically in an encyclopedia format, each entry seldom over a page long. Every reader is bound to find a paragraph here and there that resonates with him/her. As a matter of fact, I am aspired to begin my own version of encyclopedia. How about A-Z guide to Azuki?

Some of my favorite entries:


How you been?

How’s work?

How was your week?
Good, Busy.

You name the question, “Busy” is the answer. Yes, yes, I know we are all terribly budy doing terribly important things. But I think more often than not, “Busy” is simply the most acceptable knee-jerk response.

As kids, our stock answer to most every question was nothing. What did you do at school today? Nothing. What’s new? Nothing. Then, somewhere on the way to adulthood, we each took a 180-degree turn. We cashed in our nothing for busy.

There is a direct correlation between how much a book moves me and how often I flip to the author’s photo. Midsentence I will feel a pull to return to that photo/bio on the back flap. Take me at once to the man who wrote such a splendid thought! …

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