The Book of Bright Ideas: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, May 30, 2006 - Fiction - 320 pages
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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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User Review  - ajlewis2 - LibraryThing

This story told in a child's voice touched the wonder and belief in my own heart. The interaction of the well-developed characters and their impact on each other brought me right into their world. I found the book easy to read, but very thought-provoking. Read full review

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User Review  - JillKB - LibraryThing

After reading Finn, Middlesex, and The Tipping Point in a six month period, my book club was ready for something lighter, and this book definitely fit the people. There's a lot of humor in this book ... 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
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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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