Thoughts of a Grasshopper: Essays and Oddities

  • Title: Thoughts of a Grasshopper: Essays and Oddities
  • Author: Louise Plummer
  • ISBN: 9780875795577
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About Louise Plummer


    1. Louise Plummer is a noted author young adult fiction and a retired associate professor of English for Brigham Young University She lives in New York, New York with her writer professor husband Tom Together they have four sons The Plummers moved from Boston to Minnesota in 1971 when Tom took a position at the University of Minnesota While there, Louise earned a master s degree in English They both took positions at BYU in 1985, the same year her first novel, The Romantic Obsessions and Humiliations of Annie Sehlmeier, received the the Delacorte Press First Young Adult Novel Contest, leading to its publication The book later became a children s choice book with both the New York Public Library and the International Reading Association.Awards received by subsequent books include Her second novel, ALA Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, Utah Arts Council Best Young Adult Novel, Association for Mormon Letters Best Young Adult Novel, and another New York Public Library Children s Choice Book for her second novel, My Name is Sus5an Smith The 5 is Silent The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman was also an ALA Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, an Association for Mormon Letters Best Young Adult Novel Her A Dance For Three was also an ALA Best Book.She has also written nonfiction books specifically for the Mormon audience and is a popular LDS lecturer Bio courtesy of


    195 Comments


    1. Unforgettable. Lots of unladylike guffawing on my part. Lots of crying. Lots of setting the book on my lap and staring at the wall just thinking about what was said. I'm a hopeless fan of Louise Plummer. Like an annoying little lap dog with bad breath who won't stop jumping up on your legs and licking you. She's so real. Planning a dinner with my friend and forcing all of my friends to read this so we can have a discussion:)

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    2. A good friend recommended this book when I was going through a hard time. Hard Books don't offer much comfort, but the warmth of the words insie still reside in my heart.

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    3. At a picnic the other day, I mentioned a lecture Louise Plummer gave at BYU that changed the way I write in my journal. ("Never, ever try to play catch up, or you'll never start writing," and "Just set the timer for five minutes and write as fast as you can," etc.) I've used that lecture as the basis of countless Relief Society and Young Women lessons. Lo and behold, the lecture in its entirety was on page 85 of this book. I've been looking for it for 10 years. Thanks Sarah! The rest of the book [...]

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    4. I have always known that I was a kinship to the grasshopper, laughing and playing enjoying people , loving life. This is a cute little book for those of us who strike up conversations in the elevator and hum while you are driving.

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    5. I am a grasshopper more than an ant. Most of my family are ants and that is why they don't understand the decisions I make. This sentence makes sense when read in the context of Aesop's fables of the grasshopper and the ant. I just finished this book and am conflicted about how to rate it. I really liked the first chapter and the chapter on journal writing. I like her advice to not try and play catch-up on writing, but just to write for five minutes a day or less and just write ideas.I did think [...]

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    6. I was a little confused because in some of the essays she seemed to refer to herself with different names. Or was she writing them as if she was a different person. All the essays were pretty good and I enjoyed them. But I LOVED the essay about how to write in your journal. LOVED IT. It is an essay that I have been trying to compose in my head for years. So, now I give up because she did it perfectly. If you have ever doubted that you should write in a journal or that you have nothing to writead [...]

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    7. This is a bunch of essays and short pieces of fiction--I think I've read it before, but I was very young and I wanted to read it again, since some of the non fiction is more for adults. I did really like some of the pieces and then I skipped over the pieces that are for young adults which I read when I was young. There's one about being a grasshopper in a church full of ants and one about dealing with real problems in the church and learning to talk about them and not pretend our lives are perfe [...]

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    8. I recently went looking for this book again after reading it a number of years ago. It's out of print but can be readily found on , etc.I enjoyed the author's offbeat style that I actually identified with very well. It's kind of like reading a blog of today but with more worthwhile, fable-like lessons. Some of us really are the grasshoppers, and though we don't work as hard as the ants, we have value!!

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    9. Delightful collection of Louise Plummer's thoughts and essays. I thoroughly enjoyed it. My favorite was her written choral audition. I recommend to anyone looking for a lighter look at different aspects of life. You can read it in short increments and feel like you've accomplished something every time you pick it up.

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    10. Kate had me read this--we had listened to part of it as we traveled across country--I am proud to say that I am a grasshopper. I used this when I began a Pursuit of Excellence program with the women of my church--everyone needs to be or know a grasshopper in their lives just to enjoy living to the fullest. A MUST READ

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    11. Louise Plummer is one of my mentors and former writing teachers. I admire her as a woman and a writer. This is a collection of her personal essays. You will laugh. You will think. And you will laugh some more.

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    12. I read this book in college, as she was my creative writing professor. She is very funny. This is a quick read and a book that you can easily break up while reading because each chapter is a short memoir of its own.

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    13. Wonderful collection of the authors essays, articles, book excerpts, maybe even talks she has given. Every chapter is so different--some funny, some inspiring, some jolting. I enjoy Louise Plummer's wit and voice. Anyone could find something to like in this book.

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    14. I didn't like the last two essays, so I think that's why I originally rated the book so low. Because those were the most fresh on my mind. But as time has passed since I finished the book, I find myself thinking about the other essays a lot and smiling.

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    15. I love Louise Plummer. Her sense of humor is splendid, and I enjoyed her more serious essays as well. This book makes me feel like I could write a book: it's simple and wonderful and full of what makes Louise herself.

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    16. Very short and funny read. I liked Plummer's personality and outlook on life. After reading several duds, this pulled me out the depressing reading funk I've been in.

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    17. Great intimate glimpse into a "real" person, who I think I'd get along quite well with if we were to meet.

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    18. I loved this book! Considered it was written a while ago- her insights were well beyond her time. They still give one to take pause today.

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    19. Fabulous!!! This was a collection of short-funny-essays on her life. She totally reminds me of Aunt Khali!! I've met Louise Plummer and she is a delightful person.

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    20. I love her writing and she has some wonderful thoughts on life. It's funny and thought provoking.

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    21. This is a great book! I read as a teen, young mother and read again. She is so real and has great personality.

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    22. Quick, easy read. I recently read this book for the second time. And I loved it again. Even though I am not a grasshopper, I was still inspired to write of few of my own lists.(See Book)

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    23. I love this book! A great way to remind me to find the humor in my everyday chaos of 5 kids. Very relatable!

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    24. It was okay. Some stories/essays were better than others.

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    25. I enjoyed the honesty in this book.

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    26. One of my very favorite books. Hilarious, quick witted with wonderful insights.

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    27. This is an easy read book, but it has a lot of great insights. Louise's style is light hearted and many things made me laugh out loud!

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    28. I loved this book. It is filled with stories about life. The author is funny and down to earth. She teaches life lessons with humor and sweetness. At times I was laughing, and then crying!

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    29. Thought the funniest part is when she mentions another book she wrote called My Name is Susan5 or something like thatd then says the 5 is silent.

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    30. A wonderful collection of "thoughts" essays and miscellanea from a wonderful writer.

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