Which, again, makes it seem more like TMI than it is. I’ve had Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life in the downstairs bathroom for at least three months, and several times a week, I’ve shampooed my girls’ hair in the shower and then read 1-2 pages while waiting for them to rinse. (They actually shower every day, but sometimes I switch laundry instead. The glamour of it all!) The format lends itself perfectly to this sort of reading, because the book is exactly what it says it is: an encyclopedia with entries centered around one woman’s (fairly) ordinary life. It’s set up alphabetically, with entries for Answering Machine; Kids’ Meals on Flights; Opinion, Fragile Foundation of Strong; and Winking. (To name a few.) The author makes it clear at the beginning that lists and definitions and, well, encyclopedic entries are her preferred way of writing, and while it’s a bit odd, it does work. (Except, of course, when you read another book by the same author at the same time, and some of the random bits seem repetitive. One can hardly blame AKR for that, though.) Some of the entries, indeed, are laugh-out-loud funny; some are mundanely insightful; and some, granted, just make you shake your head and wonder why someone would think such a random thing in the first place. (After all, no one ever completely understands another human being, right?)
All in all, then, I quite enjoyed this book (although the impact was probably lessened by the amount of time it took me to read). It was another Borders promo, and I’m both glad I picked it up in the first place and glad of the chance to pass it on. I absolutely enjoyed it, but I don’t see myself re-reading it; on the other hand, I’m pleased at the thought that passing it on means someone else will have the chance to enjoy it as well.