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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042522130X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425221303
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,227,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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?Well-written and fast-paced. A fun and thoughtful read.?
?Sharon Baldacci

?A Page Out Of Life is the first novel about the sisterhood of scrapbooking and the deep bonds of friendship. Kathleen Reid has cleverly combined the craft of preserving memories with the art of living life.?
--Joy Macdonell, National Spokesperson and Education Director, EK Success

?I couldn?t put it down! What a great inspiration. The sisterhood of scrapbooking, and [the] passion-filled lives of the women in this book, will leave you wanting more!!?
--Debbie Haas, co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker's Soul"


More About the Author

ABOUT KATHLEEN REID


Kathleen Reid lives and writes in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, two teenage daughters and her labradoodle, Bella.

While raising her girls, Kathleen studied the craft of fiction on nights and weekends. Her hard work was rewarded when she won an award at a Writer's Conference. From there, she landed her first literary agent and book deal. Her first novel, Paris Match (2004), was called "stellar" by New York Times Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani. After that, she had the idea to write the first work of fiction about a group of women who scrapbook together and share life's ups and downs. Her second work of fiction, A Page Out of Life was released by Penguin Books (2008), garnering her national press in such venues as USA Today, Good Housekeeping Magazine and ABC-TV.

Boston Found (2014), a romantic comedy, tells the story of successful architect, Diana Hamilton, who is torn between her high powered New York career and a simpler life; she takes a job at a small firm in Boston under an alias, becomes a more authentic person, and falls for her new boss. Can love survive her deception?

Kathleen combined her creativity with a lifelong passion for history when she researched and wrote about Thomas Jefferson. First Friend Thomas Jefferson (2012) retells Thomas Jefferson's life story using social media. First Friend reads like a novel, making it an ideal refresher on our third President. In January 2014, it became available for download as an eBook!

Customer Reviews

It was an easy read and I was hooked from page one.
Mary R. Radford
It definately demonstrates how these women who share a love of scrapbooking support one another through trials and accomplishements.
Deborah L. Lewis
The charming story was full of unexpected twists and turns and kept me rapt.
James H. Furey

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Shunk on March 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Seemed a little hoakey and I didn't connect well with the characters.

That being said- it was an easy read- just not one I would want to own, so I passed it on.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on June 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
The book A Page Out of Life focuses on the types of relationships people have with their families, their friends, and themselves. The main characters are women who are at different stages of their lives. Ashley is a young mother who is overwhelmed with four children. Libby is struggling to help her adult son who is facing legal troubles. Tara, on the other hand, is single and longing to have a family. Brought together through a scrapbooking club, these women find they have other things in common and each becomes an important source of strength and inspiration for the others.

This book provides an easy and enjoyable reading experience. The main characters are well-developed and likeable. Each reader should be able to connect with at least one character because their stories revolve mainly around everyday occurrences in life. Prepare for an outpouring of emotions. There were times when I laughed and times I was close to tears. I enjoyed how the author took me through the thought processes of the characters as they were making important decisions about their futures. Doing this helped make the characters seem more real to me.

A Page Out of Life offers two important messages for its readers. First, everyone has the ability to contribute something to help another person in need. Small acts of kindness, even if it is listening to someone's problems or offering to babysit for their children, are often rewarded with large amounts of gratitude. The second message is to accept yourself for who you are and do not allow others to judge you. If you want to make changes in your life then you should, but it must be done for the right reasons.

A Page Out of Life is a well-written story that will touch the hearts of its readers. Kathleen Reid has created credible characters whose paths crossed through a hobby about which they are passionate. I am looking forward to her future works.

Armchair Interviews says: You'll love this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Bredrup on May 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wow! Page out of Life is such a great read. I loved it. It is the perfect book for a book club to read and discuss. I can not wait to give it to my mother and mother-in-law for Mother's Day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Topich on May 10, 2008
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This book gives the reader a three strong, vivid women as it's main characters. You'll undoubtedly find that you can relate to one of them. A great read!
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By L. Yorke on February 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ashley, the story's essential character, is a weary mother in an oppressive marriage. Ashley soon joins a scrap booking club in effort to carve out some much needed me-time. As the story goes on, you meet Tara and Libby - two other scrap bookers with significant problems of their own.
If you're willing to overlook the awkward dialogue tags then you'll find an enjoyable book, sprinkled with surprises.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelaneous by Michele on October 7, 2008
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This story centers on a group of women living outside of Atlanta, who gather each week to make scrapbook creations. Any woman who is part of a scrap booking group, or women's group of any kind (like a book club, bunko group, or knitting circle) will easily relate to these women and understand the strength and bonds of friendship that go along with meeting regularly. There are eight women in the group, but only three, Ashley, Libby and Tara are prominently featured, beautifully fleshed out, and have intriguing story lines.

Ashley is the mother of four with a louse of a husband. I cringed when at one point he actually calls her a "fat pig." She is the daughter of a super model, "Marrie," who is as famous as "Twiggy." Tara is a beautiful doctoral student, who is preparing her art history thesis on the Spanish artist Miró and is in love with her louse of an advisor. Libby, the "mother" of the group who takes care of everyone, deals with a public scandal brought on by her son's corporate greed. This plot line, along with a surprising twist involving Tara and Ashley are the most enjoyable aspects of the book and what kept me reading. Scrap booking is merely a device to bring them together and I only grew impatient when the subject or action of scrap booking came up. Regardless, it all works and author, Kathleen Reid, couldn't have picked a better title for this novel.

The most powerful aspect of this tale is the positive nature of friendships between women, and the support the group members give one another through difficult times. One aspect of the plot regarding Tara's Miró thesis was NOT resolved, however, and this left me wondering . . . . The characters beg for a sequel, particularly those left undeveloped.

Michele Cozzens is the author of It's Not Your Mother's Bridge Club.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angie Pedersen on September 9, 2008
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A Page Out of Life by Kathleen Reid is, at its core, the story of frazzled mother of four Ashley Gates. As the book opens, we get an instant snapshot of Ashley's lifestyle - stained t-shirt and sweatpants, unkempt hair, frequent silent promises to herself to improve, and nerves stretched to here - "a caricature of her former self". Constant demands from family have taken priority over any time for herself. I must admit that several of Ashley's scenes of self-doubt and horror at "what have I become??" made me feel a little uncomfortable, for hitting a little TOO close to home.

"...Ashley felt embarrassed by her inability to transform herself or her house into something special. There was a time when she'd considered herself incredibly organized and chic, but her present surroundings seemed as scattered as she now felt. You've got to pull yourself together, she thought miserably as her mother's words echoed inside her mind."

"Nothing was as it should have been: her house, her figure, her marriage. She felt utterly alone and embarrassed by her inability to figure a way out of the rut she was in. She was so tired she felt she would drop."

When Ashley calls her girlfriend Megan for a little "retail therapy", Megan suggests they also stop by to meet her scrapbooking friends. The scrapbooking group meets weekly at each others' to work on their albums. While Ashley doesn't believe she's very good at "the arts-and-crafts thing", she agrees to stop by one of the meetings. Eventually she begins going to the weekly sessions.
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