The Book of Bright Ideas: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, May 30, 2006 - Fiction - 300 pages
372 Reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Sandra Kring's A Life of Bright Ideas.

Wisconsin, 1961. Evelyn “Button” Peters is nine the summer Winnalee and her fiery-spirited older sister, Freeda, blow into her small town–and from the moment she sees them, Button knows this will be a summer unlike any other.

Much to her mother’s dismay, Button is fascinated by the Malone sisters, especially Winnalee, a feisty scrap of a thing who carries around a shiny silver urn containing her mother’s ashes and a tome she calls “The Book of Bright Ideas.” It is here, Winnalee tells Button, that she records everything she learns: her answers to the mysteries of life. But sometimes those mysteries conceal a truth better left buried. And when a devastating secret is suddenly revealed, dividing loyalties and uprooting lives, no one–from Winnalee and her sister to Button and her family–will ever be the same.
  

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Cute book Somewhat, predictable ending. - Goodreads
Not much plot but very good character exploration. - Goodreads
wonderful characterization. - Goodreads
Easy to read, interesting. - Goodreads
The writing is wonderful. - Goodreads
I thought the character development was wonderful. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

One of my favorite books. Heart warming and wonderful. Read full review

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User Review  - Violet - Goodreads

This book was a little slow at the start but once you got into it you really got involved. I really liked how Freeda was able to change some peoples perception of themselves and make them into better ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
80
Section 2
107
Section 3
134
Section 4
146
Section 5
156
Section 6
165
Section 7
176
Section 8
194
Section 12
236
Section 13
241
Section 14
256
Section 15
268
Section 16
276
Section 17
288
Section 18
294
Section 19
303

Section 9
207
Section 10
219
Section 11
230
Section 20
308
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

SANDRA KRING lives in the north woods of Wisconsin. She runs support groups and workshops for adult survivors of trauma. Her debut novel, Carry Me Home, was a Book Sense Notable pick and a 2005 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award nominee.


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