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From national bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon's Book Club pick The Scent Keeper comes a beautifully crafted novel about daring to experience true joy, starting one small step at a time.

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.

"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."—Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

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From national bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon's Book Club pick The Scent Keeper comes a beautifully crafted novel about daring to experience true joy, starting one small step at a time.

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.

"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."—Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

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        April 18, 2011
        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. Admittedly an "incongruous group," with each woman at a different point in her life, Kate's friends agree that each "will do one thing in the next year that is scary or difficult." Kate selects tasks for each of her friends; undertaking the tasks will bring heartbreak, joy, and adventure to everyone. Bauermeister's (The School of Essential Ingredients) evocative prose creates a magical world where gray goo becomes "forgiving dough" in an oven and a woman protects herself from loneliness by hiding in an unruly garden. Kate's well-meaning tasks, be they as grand as a trip to Venice or as banal as baking bread, push the friends toward much-needed awakenings. A book designed to both fill you up and make you hungry for life.

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        May 15, 2011

        A soft-centered celebration of female friendship and endurance follows a group of women facing challenges set by a cancer-survivor.

        It's the back stories to the six caring women who supported breast-cancer sufferer Kate through her illness and treatment which form the core of Bauermeister's novel (The School of Essential Ingredients, 2009). 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. Divorced bookstore worker Caroline must finally throw out her ex-husband's books, thereby reclaiming her life as well as her shelf space. Potter Daria must bake a loaf of bread, thereby embarking on a love affair. Sara, who has never spent a night apart from her children, must travel, while young widow Hadley, who has retreated to a tiny new home hidden in a green jungle, is tasked with taking care of her garden. Bauermeister's sensuous writing lends her slender, rather sugary (even when sad) material a graceful charm, but the material is never substantial enough, with the character vignettes too short and the liberating outcomes too heartwarmingly predictable.

        Toothless. A neatly crafted reworking of a cozy, sentimental formula.

        (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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        January 1, 2011

        Kate has every reason to be joyous: she's just licked cancer. Celebrating with her six best friends, she declares that she's gotten up her nerve to go whitewater rafting and wants each of them to take a chance on something they've never dared to do. Only she's going to pick their adventure (really?). Bauermeister's debut, The School of Essential Ingredients, was a national best seller, and this sounds as if it would have great appeal for the same set of readers.

        Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        May 15, 2011
        When Kate receives a clean bill of health after a double mastectomy, she invites the women in her life to a victory dinner. Motivated by her recent decision to join her college-age daughter on a whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon, Kate takes the opportunity to assign each woman at the table her own challenge for the next year. Though some challenges seem deceptively simple on the surface (learn to bake bread, get a tattoo, tend your garden), Kate seems to know exactly how each task will force each woman to confront some of her deepest fears. Using individualized chapters to detail how each woman approaches her assigned challenge, Bauermeister displays an admirably adaptable and lyrical narrative voice. The chapters are short, yet Bauermeister paints remarkably detailed portraits of each and every woman. Examining those not afflicted with Kates condition but undeniably affected by it, Joy for Beginners is an inspiring, tender, resonating, and rejuvenating read.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

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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...
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