Joy For Beginners by Erica Bauermeister

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A Library Journal Best Book of the Year

What would you do with a second chance at life?

Having survived a life-threatening illness, Kate celebrates by gathering with six close friends. At an intimate outdoor dinner on a warm September evening, the women challenge Kate to start her new lease on life by going white-water rafting down the Grand Canyon with her daughter. But Kate is reluctant to take the risk.

That is, until her friend Marion proposes a pact: if Kate will face the rapids, each woman will do one thing in the next year that scares her. Kate agrees, with one provision – she didn't get to choose her challenge, so she gets to choose theirs. Whether it's learning to let go of the past or getting a tattoo, each woman's story interweaves with the others, forming a seamless portrait of the power of female friendships. From the author of The School of Essential Ingredients comes a beautifully crafted novel about daring to experience true joy, starting one small step at a time.
 

About Erica Bauermeister

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ERICA BAUERMEISTER is the author of The School of Essential Ingredients and Joy for Beginners. She lives in Seattle with her family.
 
Published June 9, 2011 by Berkley. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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After Kate accepts her daughter’s challenge to go rafting down the Grand Canyon to celebrate being alive, each of the six agrees to do something scary or difficult, with Kate setting the tasks.

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In Bauermeister's sensual second novel, a party for a woman who has beaten breast cancer results in six friends reconnecting, not just to each other but also to parts of themselves they had long neglected.

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Incredibly moving, inspirational, and stunning to read, Joy for Beginners is a must-own because you'll simply love it too much to not have it in your possession forever.

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You catch yourself gazing off with thoughts about how the story circles back to your own reality with tears in your eyes and a hand over your heart (honestly, I have caught myself in this pose numerous times reading her writing).

Jun 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Joy For Beginners

Examiner

The reader travels along with the characters, sharing in their triumphs as well as their struggles, and comes through the other side filled with the same joy and hope that transports the characters to their new beginnings.

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Book Reporter

Kate's friends include sisters Daria and Marion, neighbors Sara and Hadley, Caroline, and Ava, who is Kate's friend from childhood.

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By the time Kate takes her own journey down the river – a metaphor, of course, for life – she is able to recognize her own cathartic role in the lives of her friends.

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Have I told you lately how awesome this community is and how much I love all y'all?

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