The Dog Doesn’t Die

Book reviews & random thoughts

Does the Dog Die? A Brief Review of Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

This book is different. Amy Krouse Rosenthal hasn’t had a particularly remarkable life. She had what passes for a normal childhood in America, then went to college, held jobs, got married, had kids, made friends, and didn’t do much that would inspire us to drop everything and go out to emulate her. Instead, she’s taken the familiar and, in encyclopedia form, made it sparkle by separating out the little vignettes and the small details of an ordinary life in such a way that we appreciate that very ordinariness so much more.

She’s also very funny at times, though I recommend that you NOT sit down and read this all at once. It’s better read piecemeal over a number of days. That way, you’re not tempted to say “okay, Amy, I get it, can we move along” and instead are likely to say “wow, she really has a talent for making the mundane seem special!” With that caveat, I recommend the book.

One thing Amy doesn’t talk about is pets. I can’t imagine an “ordinary life” without them, and I’m always quite surprised, even shocked, when someone makes it all the way through an autobiography without mentioning several furkids. The only mention of animals is on page 139, the long paragraph that starts “Jason and I went to a sushi restaurant….” If you skip that paragraph, which goes onto the next page, then this book is SAFE for animal lovers. Enjoy!

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February 27, 2010 - Posted by | autobiography, beach book, Book Reviews, families, humor, nonfiction, random thoughts |

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