A Life of Bright Ideas

A Life of Bright Ideas

by Sandra Kring
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A Life of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring

A secret tore best friends Evelyn “Button” Peters and Winnalee Malone apart. Now, nearly a decade later, a secret brings them back together.
Nine years ago Button and Winnalee began recording observations in their Book of Bright Ideas, a tome they believed would solve the mystery of how to live a mistake-free life. Now it’s 1970, a time of peace, love, war, and personal heartbreak. Button’s mother is dead and her grieving father has all but abandoned his children. Quiet, thoughtful Button has traded college for a sewing job in her mother’s bridal shop to help her Aunt Verdella raise her whirlwind six-year-old brother. In Button’s free time, she writes letters to the boy she loved from afar through high school, hoping he will come to love her as more than a friend.

Then, like that magical Wisconsin summer of ’61, Button is greeted with the wild, gusty arrival of Winnalee. Now a beautiful flower child, Winnalee is everything Button is not. She’s been to Woodstock and enjoys “free love,” but their steadfast bond of friendship is tested as Button begins to notice the cracks in Winnalee’s carefree façade. And then Winnalee’s mother arrives with a surprise that Button never sees coming, and the fiery determination to put things right in both families once and for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553386820
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,267,606
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Sandra Kring lives in Wisconsin. She is the author of Carry Me Home and The Book of Bright Ideas, which was named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list.

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A Life of Bright Ideas: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
mommybooknerd More than 1 year ago
"It's weird, though, how I never noticed until a few minutes ago, that this isn't one thick root, like I thought it was. Look. It's made up of many roots entwined together." (Kring, p. 385) That quote captures the powerful relationships at work in Kring's newest novel, A LIFE OF BRIGHT IDEAS. Readers who fell in love with Winnalee and Button will be thrilled to revisit their friendship 9 years after they last parted in THE BOOK OF BRIGHT IDEAS. Many things have changed in both Winnalee and Button's life, but the bonds of friendship are strong as ever. I was so encouraged by Kring's portrait of strong female characters and the struggles real women face; love, body image, loss, motherhood and forgiveness. I have to say that the 6 year wait to be back in Dauber was worth it. Kring has a talent that cannot easily be described. Her dialogue is rich; mixing humor and depth perfectly. She weaves a story that compels a reader to keep turning pages. Kring makes us feel the story in our hearts, because she feels it in hers. I am so happy to have spent time back in Dauber with the girls and to see how everything turned out. What a gift, a masterpiece, Kring gave to her faithful fans. I highly recommend A LIFE OF BRIGHT IDEAS!!!!
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Sandra Kring has done it again. I loved the characters in The Book of Bright Ideas and loved reading about them again in this sequel. You won't be sorry you bought it!
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MrsO More than 1 year ago
The Book of Bright Ideas is one of my favorite books, so I was so excited to find its sequel. I did enjoy this book, and the characters all seem genuine and true to life, and the story is believable. I did feel that the language used by Freeda and Winnalee was unnecessary. Them cussing back and forth and constant bickering got very tiresome and it was disrespectful to Button and her family. They most of the time acted like they couldn't stand eachother. And the character of Boohoo, this little boy was getting on my last nerve with all of his shenanigans. Just when I was getting wrapped up in some goings ons he would be wrapping up something with yarn and I think the storyline could have done just fine without him. Looking forward to more books by this author.
Alessandra74 More than 1 year ago
One of those reads where you start reading and don't want to put the book down, "just one more chapter and then I'll go to sleep" kind of read.
Kayaking_Dog More than 1 year ago
Sandra Kring again delivers us home to friends from our past. Button, Winnalee, Freeda, Aunt Verdella, Uncle Rudy, Boohoo - they all return to that same place in our heart we left them 7 years ago. Winnalee and Button, best friends in the 60's, couldn't be more different. I enjoyed every minute of another chapter of their lives. Watching them grow and change, become stronger people as they take on the hurdles of every new day. If you haven't read "The Book of Bright Ideas" you must buy them both. You won't be sorry.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
I read "Book of Bright Ideas" last year and was so excitied to see that the follow up, "A Life of Bright Ideas", was being released. I pre-ordered it and was thrilled to be reading it on the release date. I was not disappointed. I love the characters in these two books. I can relate so well with the story of Button and Winnalee. Growing up in the 60's and 70's, I could relate to their feelings and emotions, and the situations of that time. Sandra Kring will make you cry, laugh and smile. Flower Power!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
WutzUp More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite books. I have purchased it for many and am rereading it before Sandra Kring's sequel that has just been released.