Renowned author Amy Krouse Rosenthal who rose to fame with her masterpiece ‘Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life’ is dead. She was 51.
The author, who was battling cancer for the last several years, finally succumbed to the killer disease. She was suffering from ovarian cancer.
For the last two years, Rosenthal was suffering from ovarian cancer and knew that she will not live for very long. Rosenthal’s death was confirmed by her longtime literary agent, Amy Rennert, who said Rosenthal “was the most life-affirming person, and love-affirming person”.
Born in April 1965, Rosenthal authored close to three dozen books. This included journals, memoirs and the best-selling picture stories, Uni the Unicorn and Duck! Rabbit! The best thing about her dexterity in writing was the fact that she was equally dexterous in writings for children and grownups.
While many of her books were well received, alphabetized memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life is her most successful book for adults. It became such a massive success that it was pronounced among one of Amazon’s top ten memoirs of the decade.
A reviewer while talking about the book on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition said, [T]here’s no way I’m going to confuse Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life with any other memoir anytime soon. I had forgotten, until I reread it recently, what a delight it was to spend time with this self-described “ordinary” person, learning her quirks and hangups, her likes and dislikes, her everyday (and not) adventures (including the inspired way she attempted to get out of paying a parking ticket — you’ll love it, trust me), all arranged, encyclopedia-style, from A (“Amy,” “Anxious, Things That Make Me,”, “Ayn Rand”) to Y (“You”), with appropriate cross-references and clever drawings to supplement the text.
Many of her books were on the New York Times bestseller list. This included titles like I Wish You More, Uni the Unicorn, Plant a Kiss, Exclamation Mark, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, and Duck! Rabbit! Etc.
While talking about her husband, Jason Brian Rosenthal, she wrote an essay ‘You May Want to Marry My Husband. “If you’re looking for a dreamy, let’s-go-for-it travel companion, Jason is your man. He also has an affinity for tiny things: taster spoons, little jars, a mini-sculpture of a couple sitting on a bench, which he presented to me as a reminder of how our family began…Here is the kind of man Jason is: He showed up at our first pregnancy ultrasound with flowers. This is a man who, because he is always up early, surprises me every Sunday morning by making some kind of oddball smiley face out of items near the coffeepot: a spoon, a mug, a banana”.
A note from our Modern Love editor on working with Amy Krouse Rosenthal: https://t.co/Nzw2RJ96rr
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 14, 2017
In honor of Amy Krouse Rosenthal. A beautiful human being who knew how to put things in perspective. pic.twitter.com/EWnF4gUzvs
— Bethany Evans (@bethanycevans) March 13, 2017
loved all your little books and words. they kept me company and made me happy
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— Debra Madonna (@debramadonna) March 13, 2017
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— Margie Myers-Culver (@Loveofxena) March 13, 2017
— Reading Rainbow (@readingrainbow) March 13, 2017
Today feels more rainy than umbrella. We lost a great one. Your words will live on, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. ❤ pic.twitter.com/hL6iWsLh6L
— Leah O'Donnell (@leahod) March 13, 2017
Today we mourn the loss of author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, whose beautiful, endearing children's books have brought joy to so many readers. pic.twitter.com/T9m7zZTSu0
— B&N Kids Blog (@BNKids) March 13, 2017
Rest In Peace, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. We love you. pic.twitter.com/QxzXFYXiZy
— Steve French (@stevefrenchvo) March 13, 2017
My friend Amy Krouse Rosenthal has died. She was a brilliant writer, and an even better friend. Amy's genius was in her generosity…
— John Green (@johngreen) March 13, 2017
She and her husband had met on a blind date 28 years ago in 1989 and have been happily married. Rosenthal said, she didn’t want him to spend all his life alone, when she eventually died. The essay was published merely ten days before her death.