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“…a groundbreaking new twist on the traditional literary experience… Textbook is a delightful collection of interesting scenarios that directly point to life lessons. Rosenthal manages to spotlight grand moments and everyday moments with equal curiosity, proving that it can be both a privilege — and petrifying — to peek into one’s humanity.”
—Associated Press


“[
Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal is] as beautiful, thrilling, brief, sad, and quotidian as a sunset.”
—Fast Company

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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, subtitled Not Exactly a Memoir, is quirky, rambling and funny, as befits a children’s book author. Poems, photos, drawings and musings add up to a charming but gently incisive experience—and the most simply exquisite ending." 
—Family Circle

“Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal: Not Exactly a Memoir
leaps beyond traditional books in structure and offers engaging views of life that are relatable, intriguing and enlightening… Rosenthal’s vivid wondering and quirky views present a textbook case of someone who understands that her next adventure is just around the corner.”
—Raleigh News & Observer

“...episodic, funny, and highly visual” —EntertainmentWeekly.com
“Rosenthal is a marvel… a talented storyteller with an experimental flair for formatting… This engaging, playful, and clever glimpse into one woman’s life offers lots of photographs, graphic illustrations, and diagrams, resulting in a book that will make readers smile as their notions of story delivery expand.” 
—Booklist

“Part memoir, part art instillation... More than an intriguing concept, [
Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal] is an artful arrangement of image and text and a compelling read. An abundant use of white space reveals that Rosenthal is unafraid to take breaths between thoughts. In doing so, she gives her audience the same generous opportunity, pairing the best of what print and digital have to offer: narrative for contemplation and online interaction for community. Readers will want to return to this book again and also share it with those they love best.”
—Library Journal

"Part memoir, part interactive art piece, part, well, textbook, children’s author Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s latest grown-up offering delights the reader with a series of musings, drawings, photos, music, graphs, and even a bracket bracket where [ ] faces off against { } under section headings like Social Studies, Language Arts, and Math."
—RealSimple.com

About the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote more than thirty picture books, including  the #1 New York Times bestsellers I Wish You More and Dear Girl (cowritten with her daughter, Paris Rosenthal). In addition to Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Amy is also the author of the groundbreaking memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, which Amazon named as one of the top 10 memoirs of the decade. She was a con­tributor to National Public Radio, a TED collaborator and speaker, a filmmaker, and the creator of a specialty line of keepsake journals. Amy raised her three children with her husband on a tree­lined street in Chicago. For more about Amy’s life and work, and to donate to the Foundation formed in her memory, please see www.amykrouserosenthalfoundation.org.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dutton; Illustrated edition (April 14, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1101984554
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1101984550
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.45 x 0.9 x 8.25 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123 ratings

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal liked to make things.

Some things she made:

Children's books.

Grown-up books.

Short videos.

Speeches.

Salads.

Connections with the universe.

Something out of nothing.

Wishes.

According to The New York Times, Amy's award-winning children's books "radiate fun the way tulips radiate spring: they are elegant and spirit-lifting."

Her 30+ books for children include UNI THE UNICORN, I WISH YOU MORE, EXCLAMATION MARK, LITTLE PEA, SPOON, CHOPSTICKS, DUCK!RABBIT!, PLANT A KISS, and DEAR GIRL, with more books still to come.

Amy’s alphabetized memoir ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AN ORDINARY LIFE was named one of Amazon’s top 10 memoirs of the decade.

Amy was a contributor to public radio, YouTube (THE BECKONING OF LOVELY, THE MONEY TREE) and TED (7 NOTES ON LIFE).

Her final essay, YOU MAY WANT TO MARRY MY HUSBAND, was published in the New York Times Modern Love column ten days before she died in March 2017. It immediately went viral, becoming one of the most-read essays to date.

Amy raised her three children with her husband, Jason, on a treelined street in Chicago. For more information about Amy’s life, work, and the Foundation formed in her memory, please see www.amykrouserosenthalfoundation.org.

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