#SOLC18 22/31: Reflective Wisdom with Amy Krouse Rosenthal

While packing to chaperone my 2 high school daughters’ choir tour this week, I knew I would have lots of reading and writing time on the long stretches of bus riding. One book I knew I wanted to bring was Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

I opened the book yesterday and after two sittings, sadly, I reached the end. Amy’s beautiful persona comes through on every single page. The unique interactive element of the book offers readers multiple opportunities to experience and even try out a number of her thought provoking reflections on life.

I was especially drawn to where Amy reveals the meaning of a Japanese term and shares her interpretation of it from her life.

Pronounced mo-noh noh ah-WAY-ray it means an awareness of the impermanence of all things, and a wistful, gentle sadness at their passing.

Borrowing from Amy’s interpretation, here is mine:

17 thoughts on “#SOLC18 22/31: Reflective Wisdom with Amy Krouse Rosenthal

  1. This is beautiful! I love Amy KR. I haven’t read Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal yet, but I’ve added it to my To Be Read list after reading your slice. Thanks for sharing!


  2. I’m in the middle of Textbook right now. In fact, after this *one last comment* I will go to bed and read it. I haven’t found this page yet, but you’ve nailed it. All three memories are perfect – ephemeral and wonderful.


    • Did you see the Two Stages of Life? That was so great. As was her Mundane Highs and Lows. There just wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this book. If I didn’t have several other things waiting to be read, I would read it again! I did order her book Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. Have you read that?

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  3. carwilc says:

    I’ve read several Slices this month about TEXTBOOK. I think I need to track it down– these are lovely. My favorite, I think, is the six year old seeing her mom! I watched a little guy whose grandma was late jump into her arms in the office today. Nothing sweeter!


  4. Terje says:

    I loved AKR’s Textbook. I read it on a train ride to a city and didn’t want to leave the train to go to work. I wanted to stay reading. Your interpretation is priceless, especially the laughing on the back seat.

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