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  - wearylibrarian - LibraryThing

Some people come into your life like a thunderstorm. That is how I feel about this book. It is a thunderstorm filled with loud thunder, lots of lightening, and fierce wind. And that is how Freeda and ... Read full review

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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

Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
23
Section 3
36
Section 4
48
Section 5
58
Section 6
72
Section 7
80
Section 8
96
Section 16
194
Section 17
207
Section 18
219
Section 19
230
Section 20
236
Section 21
241
Section 22
256
Section 23
268

Section 9
107
Section 10
120
Section 11
134
Section 12
146
Section 13
156
Section 14
165
Section 15
176
Section 24
276
Section 25
288
Section 26
294
Section 27
303
Section 28
309
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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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