Joy for Beginners: Berkley Books

Autor Erica Bauermeister
en Limba Engleză Paperback – iun 2012 – vârsta de la 18 ani
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 ߝ 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.
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ISBN-13: 9780425247426
ISBN-10: 0425247422
Pagini: 171
Dimensiuni: 137 x 208 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.25 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Berkley Books
Seria Berkley Books


“A joy to read. Bauermeister gives us characters who 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 wry wit…Readers will be inspired to leap into their own lives with renewed gusto.”- Stephanie Kallos, author of Sing Them Home
Joy for Beginners takes us on the emotional journeys of seven women seeking to transform their lives, and proves that sometimes what we really need to inspire us to change is a good, firm shove. Erica Bauermeister’s prose is evocative and compelling.” ߝGarth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

Bauermeister has created a cast of textured and nuanced characters who individually and as a group speak to what makes women interesting and enigmatic. Her prose is velvety smooth, revealing life at once mournful and auspicious. Joyful, indeed.”
ߝLibrary Journal (starred review) 
 “How transporting to live, even briefly, inside these women’s lives.”
—Laura Hansen, Bookin’ it
“Sensual…evocative…A book designed to fill you up and make you hungry for life.”
Publishers Weekly
Joy for Beginners is ultimately a celebration of life; a literary confirmation of the power of friendship.”
—Carol Cassella, author of Oxygen

Notă biografică

Erica Bauermeister is the author of the national bestseller The School of Essential Ingredients. She lives in Seattle with her family.


Six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer. To celebrate her new lease on life, Kate will do the one thing that's always terrified her. But if she does, each of them will also do the one thing they always swore they'd never do.