#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!

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  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.

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    • 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!

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  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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