How to Make an American Quilt (2020)

How to Make an American Quilt Whitney Otto How to Make an American Quilt RemarkableAn affirmation of the strength and power of individual lives and the way they cannot help fitting together THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWAn extraordinay and moving reading experience HOW T
  • Title: How to Make an American Quilt
  • Author: Whitney Otto
  • ISBN: 9780345388964
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Paperback
How to Make an American Quilt Whitney Otto RemarkableAn affirmation of the strength and power of individual lives, and the way they cannot help fitting together THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWAn extraordinay and moving reading experience, HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT is an exploration of women of yesterday and today, who join together in a uniquely female experience As they gather year after year, their stori RemarkableAn affirmation of the strength and power of individual lives, and the way they cannot help fitting together THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWAn extraordinay and moving reading experience, HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT is an exploration of women of yesterday and today, who join together in a uniquely female experience As they gather year after year, their stories, their wisdom, their lives, form the pattern from which all of us draw warmth and comfort for ourselves.A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE COMING OUT FALL 1995 with Maya Angelou, Winona Ryder, and Rip Torn
How to Make an American Quilt Whitney Otto

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  1. Carol

    After reading this book over a dozen years ago, I wrote to Whitney Otto in care of her publisher to thank her for writing this book The characters resonated very strongly in the heart of my own experience Whitney sent a typed reply yes, typed on an old typewriter She said that is how she wrote her novels She was especially gracious and down to earth So next time you love a book, write the author in care of their publisher and let them know.

  2. Jenni

    This book is centered around a group of women that quilt together It is supposed to represent a sampling of American Women The truth is, I didn t think it was a really good representation It seemed all of them had pretty serious issues involving infidelity of either the woman or her spouce The precentage that was effected seemed unrealitic to me Maybe it was really supposed to be a sampling of women s experiances with love affairsI had very little respect for most of the women in the book, in pa [...]

  3. PurplyCookie

    How to Make an American Quilt is a patchwork of lives that make up a quilting group The ladies all live in Grasse, California, a small town outside of Bakersfield Otto wrote this short novel by interspersing chapters dedicated to quilting, in between chapters dedicated to each of the quilters in the group What I didn t figure out right away was that each chapter that described the quilting related to the character description of the next quilter Each person was different and therefore each quilt [...]

  4. Robin

    After reading the prologue, I thought this was going to be a quick, easy and enjoyable read I thought wrong.The prologue is written in first person narrative, by Finn, and quite honestly, I can t even remember now anything she said to us, the reader The first chapter is titled Instructions No 1 , and is written directly to the reader, detailing what you need to begin a quilt Then the next chapter begins the story of two sisters After that, the chapters alternate, between a set of instructions fo [...]

  5. Sezín Koehler

    What a beautiful novel I couldn t believe how much she packed into such a slim volume The decades, the history, the intimate details of a group of quilter s dreams and hopes While I used to be an avid crocheter, knitter, embroiderer before my wrists got all messed up from the weather in Prague I was never able to master quilting I m not good with numbers and measuring, and so quilting was a challenge I could never get over But reading this book made me wish I could quilt The history of the artfo [...]

  6. Dawn Michelle

    Read July 10, 20103 Stars I don t really know how I feel about this book I know I really enjoyed the movie and maybe that is why I didn t care a lot for this book In the movie, there were resolutions endings if you will to everyone s stories I felt things were resolved somewhat The book did not do that I kept waiting for it, and it never happened and for it, it fell flat because if it.I enjoyed several of the storiesSophia in particular and also Anna s story But there was just something about th [...]

  7. Liz

    This novel is beautifully constructed, with chapters about quilting interspersed with the stories of the quilters, a group of eight women in Grasse, California, of varying ages, weight, coloring, and cultural orientation, as observed by the granddaughter of one of them Nice read.

  8. Dottie

    Some have compared may class this with Bridges of Madison County to some degree and while the mush factor is present there is SO much to it and I loved the quilt theme like life, bits and pieces joined and changed and growing into a unique whole I also loved the relationships of the women sisters, grandparent, parent and child, friends, rivals, the whole gamut July 2010 this has not lost it s oomph since I read it last I think it is a keeper in the sense that it offers new ah ha s on each retur [...]

  9. K

    I m quickly losing patience with this book, and I don t think I ll be finishing it unless I run out of books and get desperate It s not badly written, which is why it s getting two stars instead of one However, I m finding it difficult to empathize with some of the sentiments being expressed Although I usually find it stimulating to read about characters who think differently than I do, I feel there should be some kind of inner logic to their beliefs rather than a feeling of, Huh on the reader s [...]

  10. Tara

    Favorite QuotesNo one fights dirtier or brutally than blood only family knows it s own weaknesses, the exact placement of the heart The tragedy is that one can still live with the force of hatred, feel infuriated that once you are born to another, that kinship lasts through life and death, immutable, unchanging, no matter how great the misdeed or betrayal Blood cannot be denied, and perhaps that s why we fight tooth and claw, because we cannot being only human put asunder what God has joined to [...]

  11. Nancy

    A book that has been on my to read list for quite a while, since I saw the movie or part of it on TV a number of years ago I recently saw the book at the library s used book store and bought it The book tells the story of a grouop of quilters in a small California town The back story, so in the movie, is the summer prior to the wedding of Finn, the granddaughter and great niece of two of the quilters The women in the quilt circle are Glady Jo, Hy the Flower sisters , Sophia, Constance, Em, Corr [...]

  12. Alexandra Barker

    I found this book in the used section of a charming local bookstore in Camden, Maine Having vague memories of enjoying the movie many years ago, I bought it It was not at all what I expected, reading as a collection of short stories about the most romantic lives of a group of women who quilt together Each chapter tells a woman s story, and in between each are directions for quilt making, focusing on a step or issue that serves to foreshadow what is to come in the proceeding chapter I found it a [...]

  13. Alison

    This book is about the many loves, marriages, friendships, hopes and dreams of a group of middle aged to elderly women in a quilting circle in Nowheresville, California It reads like a connected group of short stories as each chapter goes into the history and struggles of the various women, and of course, connecting it all with quilting imagery and metaphors I loved that the women are so different, with different dreams and desires and different flaws I loved that some women were happily married [...]

  14. Tammra

    I liked this book so well that I reviewed it for the R.E.A.DBook Group I loved the way the author took seven sets of quilting instructions and used them to bind together her story of the women who sit together to make the quilts It is a beautiful story about women and the passages in their lives It deals with many different issues and experiences It addresses things like infidelity, youth, aging, betrayal, grief, misunderstandings, friendship, motherhood, forgiveness, joy and love It takes the r [...]

  15. Becky Galambos

    I m not sure why this book was a bestseller.There were numerous problems that made it hard for me to finish this book I found it very hard to connect with or care about the characters, the plot, or the setting The plotlinewas there one, really It just seemed to jump around between characters, time periods and situations with lots of wordy pontificating on life I received this book as a gift from a swap partner, and will pass it on to someone else to read, as I have no interest in keeping it on m [...]

  16. Amy

    I really enjoyed the stories of each of these women However, I was waiting for the author to tie it all together with Finn s life at the end of the book, but that never happened I honestly felt like I had picked up a book that was missing chapters, which was disappointing because I liked the characters so much.

  17. Bloodorange

    I loved A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity, but this one was plain boring.

  18. Rebecca McNutt

    Interesting book, but not as good as Otto s book Eight Girls Taking Pictures It had choppy sentences and relied heavily on nostalgia just to be interesting.

  19. John Lucy

    I ll admit, this isn t my type of book Get that out of the way Even so, I think that the excellent concept, that various styles of quilts relate to a variety of life experiences, and then telling stories based on those quilts through the lives of a quilting group, could have been executed better The story could have been told with fluidity Rather than there being an introduction to a type of quilt, and then a story relating to it but with no mention whatsoever to the quilt, except via the quilt [...]

  20. Kathy

    I read this after seeing the movie, and could see that this was not an easy book to dramatize Every other chapter is an essay on some aspect of quilt making design, philosophy, sociological aspects, historical and geographical traditions The other chapters are stories about each of the members of the quilting group started by Anna, a black housekeeper, in a small southern California town The movie focused on Finn, the Winona Ryder character, and it does appear as though she is telling the story, [...]

  21. Monisha

    I missed this book when it first came out and when the movie was made but I thought I would pick it up after recently experiencing the process of making a quilt I enjoyed the parallels between quilt making and the patchwork of the women quilters of Grasse and how interconnected their lives were Made me think about the complexities and intricacies of all of our relationships Am also going to go back and re read certain chapters.

  22. Kristi

    Told from multiple perspectives and narrative styles, this novel, like a quilt, explores pieces of the lives and relationships of an inter generational circle of American women, and thereby broader and abstract aspects of American culture itself The story told is fragmented and interconnected and cohesively stitched together into a unique whole The novel highlights how human pain, faults, and love combine to form a whole human and a whole human circle.

  23. Laura

    The writing style is particularly appropriate for a book about quilting with instructions prefacing chapters about specific quilting bee members, the book is not so much a plot driven story, but instead meant as a dive into characters and experience This is a good addition to a feminist s book list.

  24. Therese

    It s about a group of women who quilt together and their lives Not my kind of book I m not interested in reading about adultery and drug use, which seems to be acceptable, and race relations and there s some language.

  25. Tori

    Otto does an excellent job of telling the stories of several very different and unique women Though they share things in common, none of the stories felt repetitive or overdone Instead, their stories all wove together Now if I could just find a quilting circle to join

  26. Lena Riemersma

    Generations of women in a small town gather in a weekly quilting circle to talk about their lives Pessimistic book about marriage in which the woman is always the loser Good descriptions of quilting techniques, history and patterns.

  27. Obliterature (The Bibliophile)

    Yawn the only thing going for this book is the racy part on page 16 when the old quilt crafting crones were getting stoned What does this book got going for it to maintain my interest Recommended for people looking to improve the quality of their sleep.I ll have to pass on this nap factory.

  28. Sarah Briney

    This was a nice, light, enjoyable read It shows that although we may come together in a circle of friends, we are still individual with our own struggles and decisions.

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