What I am reading: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

What I am reading: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

The recently deceased Chicago author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life sat on my coffee table for close to a week waiting to be read.

Life is busy.  Last night I eyed the book while instead of reading was dealing with dinner, kids, driving, homework, reading, emails and at about 10:30 p.m. I finally got a chance to get comfortable and crack open this unique and truly extraordinary book.

I wish I had read this and known of this beautiful writer and her witty talent before she sadly died. It is somewhat ironic and eerie the honest words she wrote in 2004 with no idea that cancer would sadly take the fifty one year old mom’s life.

Rosenthal’s writing style is relatably hysterical and the book is organized alphabetically as are Encyclopedias.  For the letter D she even writes about Death in a funny format.

The paragraph ends with these words, “People are just dying everywhere, all the time, every which way. What can the rest of us do but hold on for dear life?”

She wrote the cheeky encyclopedia at age 39, the same age I am now.  What does this mean about my future I wonder as the clock shows it is after 2:00 a.m.

I won’t lie and say I’m not tired today, but the Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life was worth it.

What are you reading?  

Other books I’ve loved: Parenting with Love and Logic, Me Before You and How to Raise an Adult.

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