How to Make an American Quilt

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: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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

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    2 thoughts on “How to Make an American Quilt

    1. Whitney Otto is the bestselling author of How to Make an American Quilt which was made into a feature film , Now You See Her, and The Passion Dream Book A native of California, she lives with her husband and son in Portland, Oregon.

    2. 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.

    3. 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, [...]

    4. "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 [...]

    5. 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 instructi [...]

    6. 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 t [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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.

    9. 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 more 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 " [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. Favorite QuotesNo one fights dirtier or more 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 Go [...]

    12. 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, more 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, Consta [...]

    13. 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 more 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. [...]

    14. 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 marr [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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.

    18. 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. 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 more 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 t [...]

    20. 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 st [...]

    21. 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. 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 more 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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