Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal

About the Tour:

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Tempe, AZ

Book People
Austin, TX

The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC


HARDCOVER:  Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Indiebound // More

AUDIOBOOK:  Audible // iTunes

EBOOK:  Kindle // Nook // iBooks

About the book:

Released August 9, 2016 in hardcover, audiobook, and ebook by Dutton Penguin Random House

In the ten years since the publication of her beloved, groundbreaking
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, #1 New York Times bestselling author Amy
Krouse Rosenthal has been quietly tinkering away. Using her distinct blend of non-linear narrative, wistful reflections, and insightful wit, she has created a modest but mighty new work.

Why the title T​extbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal?​

  • Because the book is organized into chapters with classic subject headings such as Social Studies, Music, Language Arts, Math, etc.
  • Because textbook ​is an expression meaning “quintessential,” as in, Oh, that wordplay and unconventional format is so typical of her, so textbook Amy.
  • Because for the first time ever, readers can further engage with a book via text messaging.
  • Because if an author’s previous book has E​ncyclopedia i​n the title, following it up with a ​Textbook would be rather nice.

Not exactly a memoir, not just a collection of observations, Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal is an exploration into the many ways we are connected on this planet. The result is a literary experience that is unprecedented, unforgettable, and explosively human.

Click here for press and reviews.

Amy Speaks


Listen to this short excerpt in which Amy reads about
magazine subscription cards, pocket dials, sense of
purpose, and connecting with other readers—plus a brief but unforgettable cameo by Amy's mom and dad.

This award-winning audiobook includes bonus background material, original soundtrack by Nick Gage, and special guest cameos including John Green, Dacher Keltner, conceptual artist Lenka Clayton, and an array of Amy's family and friends. Narrated by the author.

Running time 2 hours, 55 minutes

** NEWS! Textbook AKR wins AudioFile Earphones Award! **
"An interactive memoir with the organization of a textbook, including multiple choice questions and quizzes? The creative humor of Amy K.R. (as she calls herself) leaps beyond the traditional memoir and establishes views of life that are relatable and enlightening. In both writing and reading, content and presentation, Amy KR's awareness of audience is far reaching. Her leaps of association are surprising and pleasing. How does all this translate from the page? Beautifully. Rosenthal's intonations emphasize her wit—she even pauses to give listeners texting opportunities. Embedded in the audio are quirky extras such as a master sommelier's rendition of a humming wine glass. This audiobook goes beyond any other in its power to connect the listener to the material."

Entertainment Weekly shares their excitement about the audiobook and John Green's cameo in "Rosenthal’s episodic, funny, and highly visual memoir."

A 7-minute interview with Amy about the audiobook on the podcast This is The Author.

Textbook Amy KR - Audiobook Session 1
Amy's parents
(they're on the recording!)
Textbook Amy KR - Audiobook Session 3
Amy behind the mic
Textbook Amy KR - Audiobook Session 6
Photographer Brooke Hummer
recording her cameo


Textbook Amy KR - Audiobook Session 1

Amy Krouse Rosenthal writes for both adults and children.
Her alphabetically-structured memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
was named one of the top ten of the decade. She has written more than
thirty children’s picture books, including Little Pea, Spoon, Duck! Rabbit!,
Exclamation Mark, Uni the Unicorn, and I Wish You More. A New York Times
review declared that her children’s books “radiate fun the way tulips radiate
spring: they are elegant and spirit-lifting.” Amy has been a regular contributor
to YouTube (The Beckoning of Lovely, The Money Tree), public radio, and
TED (7 Notes on Life). She lives in Chicago.

Amy's Bio

The author would like to thank the following individuals for their invaluable input on the manuscript and/or audiobook: Teri Cicurel, Erika Deiters, Charise Mericle Harper, Brooke Hummer, Katie Froelich Saltzman, Kayla Ginsburg, Beth Kaufmann, Ann Krouse, Annik LaFarge, Tom Lichtenheld, Jo Lief, Lea Redmond, Jason Rosenthal, Justin Rosenthal, Miles Rosenthal, Paris Rosenthal, Tony Rosenthal, Merrill Smith, Ruby Western, Megan Leigh Whitman, and, last but neither least nor in alphabetical order, agent Amy Rennert and editor Jill Schwartzman.

Home Serendipity Live Rainbow Feed Permanent Archive of Beautiful Ephemera Readers' Self-Portraits The Bracket Bracket Green / Blue Gallery Match Me Purple Flower Moments As of Today Humming Wineglass Robust Tale The Beckoning of Lovely Vocabulary Notebook Kenneth Koch Poem Mantra Musical Farewell About the book and author