The Book of Bright Ideas

The Book of Bright Ideas

by Sandra Kring
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Overview

The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440336143
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/30/2006
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 322,234
File size: 578 KB

About the Author

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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Gatlianne More than 1 year ago
I'd had this book for quite some time before actually reading. The cover drew me in with the sassy "Winnalee" character portrayed with her bright hair and eyes, pink cherubic lips and over the top demeanor and garb. I read the book in a day and a half - I didn't want the story to end. Winnalee's sassiness was a joy to read and Button & her mother's "coming to self" filled my heart. Freeda's name fits her well, though ironically. Her "freedom" of self - is freeing to those around her but for her - is her prison. Verdella's loving heart has helped her keep herself in a prison of sorts as well - it is also her own loving heart that helps her break free of those self imposed bars. I will read this book again and again and have already told someone else to read. A fabulous novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and found it disappointing that it isn't available in hardcover as I would love to add it to my library. The story is light-hearted but grasps your attention. If I didn't have responsibilities, I could have read it in a day or two. Lovely, spunky characters, relatable and fun. I would reccommend this book to nearly anyone who loves stories with children and women without any deep weirdness or sickness in it :)
1louise1 More than 1 year ago
Freeda Malone and her sister Winnalee come to the small town of Dauber during a hot Wisconsin summer and magically change the lives of some of its residents. The characters and the relationships are complicated and intriguing. It's warm, funny, wise and bittersweet.
SmileAtSusan More than 1 year ago
We don't all have to have the same background. We don't all have to have the same style. Understanding how to have fun and loving each other for who we are is what's important. Hats off to all of those who love unconditionally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I, too, was saddened when the book was over, so I purchased her other book 'Carry Me Home' and fell in love with THOSE characters as well! I find myself checking once a month or so to see if thre are any new Kring books and HOPE she writes more very soon. Maybe it's because I was born and raised in Minnesota and it brought back memories from my childhood, but I absolutely ADORED both of her books, but this was my favorite. I had to 'police' myself because many nights I was up until past 3 a.m. reading when I should have been sleeping!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. In fact I just bought my second copy, to make sure I always have a copy in case my loaner book doesn't make it's way back to me. I am in a book club. This is the only book we've read that everyone came in all excited to talk over. Most everyone walked in the door, book up in the air, saying, "I loved this one." My favorite question after it was all discussed, was, "Which character do you feel you were most like as a child? Winalee or Button?". I think this is one that should be made into a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is exceptional in so many ways. The characters are so lovable that it seems by the end of the book you have gained friendships with them. The story itself is a beautiful story about acceptance- of yourself and others. This book will make you laugh out loud, bawl your eyes out, and experience every emotion in between. I've recommended this book to countless people, and didn't actually discover it until it was given to me as a gift. Word of caution: A reviewer said this was good for readers 12+ and I would strongly disagree. There is very strong language used throughout the entire book and some of the themes may be difficult (a "loose" motherly-figure sleeping around, for example). Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this story and rushed out to buy the sequel as soon as I had caught word of it's release! Enjoy the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book with delightful characters. From beginning to end I enjoyed everything about it. It not only had a good story line, interesting characters, but it is a book that makes you think outside the box. It came highly recommended to me and it grabbed me from the first pages!
spring25 More than 1 year ago
Iloved this book.Funny yet pulled on the heart strings. I ordered the sequel before I even finished. Loved The Life of Bright Ideas also.
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Fantastic! I loved every bit of this book. Just what I was looking for this weekend, a fun, easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book a couple of times and I recomend it to everyone I know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The kind of book that keeps you involved... you don't want to stop reading until it is over...
STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
AWESOME
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A truly excellent novel for ages 12 and above. Winnalee and Evelyn are the protagonists of the novel, with the latter of the two being the calm and logical of the pair, while Winnalee is the complete opposite. The book chronicles their various adventures, all leading down to a surprising discovery about Winnalee's deceased mother- one nobody in their small town, from Evelyn's mother to the owner of the Five and Dime, would ever suspect.