Joy for Beginners

Joy for Beginners

Book - 2011
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Penguin Putnam
"Moving, touching, wonderfully written, inspiring to read." -Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

At an intimate, festive dinner party in Seattle, six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer. Wineglass in hand, Kate strikes a bargain with them. To celebrate her new lease on life, she'll do the one thing that's always terrified her: white-water rafting. But if she goes, all of them will also do something they always swore they'd never do-and Kate is going to choose their adventures.

Shimmering with warmth, wit, and insight, Joy for Beginners is a celebration of life: unexpected, lyrical, and deeply satisfying.

Baker & Taylor
Meeting with her five close friends to celebrate her recovery from cancer, Kate announces that she will take up white-water rafting if each of them will also do something that equally terrifies them, a challenge that results in a tattoo, a bread-baking endeavor and a reconciliation. 35,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Meeting with her five close friends to celebrate her recovery from cancer, Kate announces that she will take up white-water rafting if each of them will also do something that equally terrifies them.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnams Sons, c2011
ISBN: 9780399157127
Branch Call Number: FIC BAU
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,22 cm.


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wendybird Aug 02, 2018

After reading Erica Bauermeister's simple but lovely tale, The School of Essential Ingredients", I decided to read my way through her novels.
This story puts six women (of various vintages, all friends) together to celebrate Kate's freedom from cancer. That dinner results in the group taking on individual life challenges at the survivor's behest : Kate decides to task each with something not necessarily dangerous or requiring training, but something that will require addresses a life issue square on... with the hope of succeeding and renewing vigor for life.
So, the novel track each woman as they face these tailored challenges.
A wonderful, easy read - I enjoyed it after tackling a few too many real crime titles.

JCLKinsleyR Apr 02, 2014

I wanted more character development and for the stories to be wrapped up. I started to feel connected to a few of the characters by the time the book was finished, but not until then. Still an enjoyable read, but not a favorite.

Nov 27, 2012

A sweet book - much in the same vein as her first, The School of Essential Ingredients, which I think was a bit better. Still, this is a book you can settle in with in front of the fireplace, wrapped in a blanket, with a nice cup of tea.

Sep 21, 2012

Read this book! I was sorry when I finished it - wanted to start it all over again.

Jul 01, 2012

A great story that makes you want to go out and challenge all your friends to do something out of their comfort zone. The author knows women and friendship - although she gets a bit wordy at times.

mcjmommy Jun 14, 2012

A great read! I couldn't put the book down! The relationship between the friends are real and engaging. I finished the book and wanted to know "what happens next". Enjoy!

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 05, 2012

The friendship between six women – all in different situations – began when Sara moved in with her newborn twins. To help the young mother, a “holding circle” is formed. When Kate announces that she has cancer, the friends’ focus shifts. Months later, at a celebratory dinner, a healthy Kate announces that she is going white water rafting. Kate challenges each do something that frightens them. The catch - Kate gets to pick their task.
Even though they seem simple, Kate knows that each woman will struggle confronting her deepest fear. This moving, character-driven novel will make you laugh, cry, and smile. Each lyrical chapter chronicles the women’s lives, how they met and how they conquer their personal challenges. Fans of Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher will enjoy Bauermeister’s heart-warming stand-alone follow-up to The School of Essential Ingredients.

Nov 08, 2011

a warm fuzzy book. May be a good choice for a book club. I appreciated how she tied the different stories together. Each section was based on one person but in the background, you could piece together how someone else's story progressed. It was a fairly light read. I was able to read it in 2 days. A good airplane or beach read.

Sep 03, 2011

If you're a fan of Elizabeth Berg, you will enjoy this author.

debwalker Jul 28, 2011

A warm, insightful tale of seven women who each take on life challenges to celebrate a friend's triumph over cancer.


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Jul 11, 2011

"This book is a joy to read. Bauermeister's characters revel in the best of what life has to offer, loving relationships, fine food, good books, and travel, and she writes with keen observance and a wry wit." STEPHANIE KALLOS, author of of Sing Them Home

Jul 11, 2011

"Moving, touching, wonderfully written, inspiring to read."

Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

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