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New memoir: Textbook by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

It’s all the small joys of being human

Sometimes the best writing appears in strange places: YouTube comments, Reddit threads, a surprisingly lyrical email from a friend. Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s book has a similar quality. She combines small, wonderfully written, stories from her own life with single sentence pages, ideas for whimsical experiments, graphs, charts and pictures. The only annoyance is that non-American readers can’t enjoy the component of the book where you can text in and receive additional content.

But even without the texting, the overall effect is delightful. Textbook is hugely inventive and has a strange charm. It also reminds you to look at the details of your own life and celebrate them. It’s all the small joys of being human.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Textbook is published by Penguin Random House (£15.15)

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