The world lost a bright light this week when author Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away at the age of 51. Her recent Modern Love essay in The New York Times, “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” touched readers all over the world with its poignant and heartbreaking honesty.In TEXTBOOK AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL, listeners are treated to an imaginative memoir unlike anything they have ever heard thanks to the creative brilliance of Amy, who ingeniously adapted the standard format of a textbook into a funny and wise work of art that explores life’s lessons and experiences.
The audiobook won an AudioFile Earphones Award, and was praised for its ability to “leap beyond the traditional memoir and establish views of life that are relatable and enlightening…How does all this translate from the page? Beautifully. Rosenthal’s intonations emphasize her wit…This audiobook goes beyond any other in its power to connect the listener to the material.”
We are thankful that her voice was captured in this way, and can be shared, rediscovered, and continue touching listeners’ and readers’ lives for years and years to come. Because as Library Journal said in a starred review, “Readers will want to return to this book again and also share it with those they love best.”
In her Modern Love essay, Amy shared one of the unique connections she was able to make in real life with a librarian, thanks to TEXTBOOK:
“In my most recent memoir (written entirely before my diagnosis), I invited readers to send in suggestions for matching tattoos, the idea being that author and reader would be bonded by ink. I was totally serious about this and encouraged submitters to be serious as well. Hundreds poured in. A few weeks after publication in August, I heard from a 62-year-old librarian in Milwaukee named Paulette. She suggested the word ‘more.’ This was based on an essay in the book where I mention that ‘more’ was my first spoken word (true). And now it may very well be my last (time shall tell)…” [You can see photos of Paulette the librarian and Amy getting tattoos on Amy’s site here.] Read the full Modern Love essay here.
Author John Green was a close friend of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and he even reads on the audiobook, lending his own voice to the story that Amy prompted him to write. Entertainment Weekly shares the story behind the story and an audio clip here.
We leave you with John Green’s own Twitter tribute to his late friend. Rest in peace, Amy. You will be missed.
Her last book, the brilliant Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, ended: "Bye. I love you. Thank you." Goodbye, Amy. I love you. Thank you.
— John Green (@johngreen) March 13, 2017