Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a popular children’s book author, memoirist and public speaker died at the age of 51 on Monday at her home in Chicago. She was suffering from ovarian cancer.
Rosenthal had recently earned a large readership after she started writing a monthly column in the New York Times titled “You May Want to Marry My Husband”.
In her column, she wrote: “I want more time with Jason. I want more time with my children. I want more time sipping martinis at the Green Mill Jazz Club on Thursday nights. But that is not going to happen. I probably have only a few days left being a person on this planet. So why I am doing this?”
“I am wrapping this up on Valentine’s Day,” she continued, “and the most genuine, non-vase-oriented gift I can hope for is that the right person reads this, finds Jason, and another love story begins.”
Her husband, Jason was later interviewed by publishers. To People’s Magazine, he said, “When I read her words for the first time, I was shocked at the beauty, slightly surprised at the incredible prose given her condition and, of course, emotionally ripped apart.”
Rosenthal has written 28 children’s picture books, two memoirs; delivered TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talks and NPR commentaries; and produced short films and YouTube videos of what she called social experiments, with titles like “ATM: Always Trust Magic,” “The Money Tree” and “The Beckoning of Lovely.”
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is now survived by her husband, parents, sons Justin and Miles; her daughter, Paris; her sisters, Katie Froelich and Beth Kaufmann; and her brother, Joe Krouse.
From her last memoir: “Invariably, I will have to move on before I have had enough. My first word was ‘more.’ It may very well be my last.”