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In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown Hardcover – January 10, 2017
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An Amazon Best Book of January 2017: Goodnight Moon is an icon of childhood, a book still given for baby showers and first birthdays even though it’s over half a century old. Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny may be the stories she’s most known for, but Margaret Wise Brown wrote scores of books. And poems. And led a remarkable life that was totally unlike the quiet, simple pages of her most famous work. Brown was passionate about children’s book publishing, and she was a visionary of interactive formats. A successful career in writing did not come easy to her, and Brown found inspiration in Gertrude Stein that completely changed how she approached her craft. Thanks to Any Gary’s insightful biography, In the Great Green Room, Margaret Wise Brown has become much more to me than simply the familiar author of much-loved children’s books. Now I see a colorful, vibrant woman who had complicated love affairs, a unique ability to see the world through a child’s eyes, and who was constantly recreating life on her own terms. --Seira Wilson, The Amazon Book Review
"In a biography full of lively anecdotes, this one stands out for the way it encapsulates what must have made Margaret Wise Brown so enchanting to her friends and colleagues.... If the measure of a good life story is the longing it leaves in the reader to have known the subject, this one more than succeeds." ―The Wall Street Journal
"Margaret Wise Brown's story reads as a stirring evocation of a woman who insisted on freedom in her art and in her love life." ―USA Today
"In the Great Green Room brings renewed attention to the contrast between Margaret Wise Brown's private life and her status as a celebrated children's author. Drawing on personal letters and diaries, author Amy Gary draws a colorful portrait." ―The Washington Post
"[In the Great Green Room] offers compelling insights into this remarkable woman." ―Los Angeles Review of Books
"Gary has used her unrivaled familiarity with the author's life and times to craft a vivid portrait.... Gary smoothly intertwines the story of the writing of these now-classic books with the complicated and often tumultuous twists of Brown's personal life, and the effect is both intimate and revelatory." ―The Christian Science Monitor
“Goodnight Moon is less a story than an incantation. It summons a cocoon around reader and listener, a sensation of being pulled out of the hurly-burly of the world into a pocket of charmed tranquility. Amy Gary’s new biography, In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown, replicates this spell for adult readers.” ―Slate
"Margaret Wise Brown's life―from her revolutionary career to her scandalous love affairs―is offered up to readers and makes for great storytelling―bedtime or otherwise."―Town & Country Magazine
"Amy Gary's In the Great Green Room is as brilliant and bold as the literary life she chronicles. The amazing story of Margaret Wise Brown will inspire readers and all those who would aspire to a Writer's life." ―Terrance G. Finley, Books-A-Million President's Pick
"Gary adds to the portrait we have of [Margaret Wise Brown] with never-before-seen materials she uncovered in 1990, including manuscripts, diaries, and letters." ―Publishers Weekly
"For children's literature buffs and fans of intriguing biographies, In the Great Green Room is a must read." ―BookPage
"Through Amy Gary's fascinating biography, readers can meet the woman who created [Goodnight Moon], and learn of her remarkable and quite unusual life." ―Bookreporter.com
"Measured, wise, and thrilling in its clarity, Amy Gary's In the Great Green Room animates for readers an extraordinary life devoted to satisfying every curiosity and deepening every meaning. Not content with the cosmos as she found them, Margaret Wise Brown renamed the stars until she knew them on her terms. In her generous books, she gave this magical power of recreation to generations of children and their parents. Now, Amy Gary has extended this same gift to Brown." ―Tracy Daugherty, author of The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion
“Amy Gary’s In the Great Green Room is a true discovery…. Drawing on unpublished manuscripts, Gary’s narrative is informative as it is riveting, creating a lively portrait of a woman writer and editor who deserves to be widely known for her work, while [Margaret Wise] Brown’s impulsive desire and emotional vulnerability creates moments that ultimately leave the reader with a sense of both exuberant uplift and haunting loss.” ―Irene Gammel, author of Looking for Anne of Green Gables
"What a fascinating (and at times melancholy) life.... The author's writing style was captivating and moving...I couldn't stop reading about this extraordinary woman and wished she had received the attention and acclaim she deserved. And a tragic ending of her life and a missed opportunity to finally be happy in a relationship brought me to tears.... [This book] would be an inspiration to anyone wanting to become a writer." ―Robin Beerbower, EarlyWord.com
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Personality and way of looking at the world. She was a free spirit who understood children s perceptions so well. I was interested in her life because I loved her books as a child as well as for my own children. Her
Interest in nature was what gave her books their special
Touch. The writing was excellent and sensitive.
Margaret’s spirit of adventure was impressive. As the subtitle states she was brilliant and bold! Her ability to see the world through a childlike lens is something to be admired and it was the key to her success as a children’s author. This book brought home the importance of positive parent to child relationships. I loved the fact that Margaret was loyal and selfless when it came to her illustrators. She ensured that the illustrators of her books could make a living wage for their craft. Read this book and be inspired to live life as your true self.
Note: The book includes several pages of photographs (not sure if they can be seen in the ebook version). These photos are the icing on the cake of Margaret's story.