Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Joy for Beginners...Review and Giveaway
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.
Normally I would peg a book like this as cliched and predictable. Instead, it's warm and inspiring. Kate has overcome breast cancer and at a celebratory dinner, decides to go white-water rafting down the Colorado river with her daughter. Her friends are thrilled for her until she tells them that they each must also do something new or something that scares them and that she is going to choose what challenge or adventure they have.
Each chapter is one woman's story, yet they all intertwine together nicely. We learn how such a disparate group of women came to be such close, intimate friends. Some of their challenges seem simple: learn to bake bread, take a trip by yourself or get rid of the books. What makes this novel wonderful, however, is discovering the why behind each challenge and learning the history or event that lead Kate to give specific, unique challenges to her friends.
Joy for Beginners is beautifully written. Erica Bauermeister has a wonderful way with words and her descriptions and narrative are simply captivating. I know that this is a book I will read again and the next time I do, I will probably have a high-lighter handy. This novel was a delight to read and when I finished it, I was reflective and grateful anew for girlfriends who love and support and encourage me.
Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Erica Bauermeister here. You can purchase your own copy here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here.
Monday, June 6th: Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, June 7th: Raging Bibliomania
Wednesday, June 8th: Books, Movies, and Chinese Food
Thursday, June 9th: Jenny Loves to Read
Friday, June 10th: Amusing Reviews
Monday, June 13th: Book Club Classics!
Tuesday, June 14th: 2 Kids and Tired
Wednesday, June 15th: Books and Movies
Thursday, June 16th: Joyfully Retired
Friday, June 17th: Redlady’s Reading Room
Monday, June 20th: Luxury Reading
Tuesday, June 21st: Teresa’s Reading Corner
Wednesday, June 22nd: Rundpinne
Thursday, June 23rd: Lit and Life
Friday, June 24th: Lori’s Reading Corner
Monday, June 27th: The Brain Lair
Tuesday,June 28th: Library of Clean Reads
Wednesday, June 29th: Life in Review
Thursday, June 30th: POOF.. books
Date TBD: Bookish Ruth
Because I loved Joy for Beginners so much, thanks to the publisher, I'm offering a giveaway.
It really bugs me when you have to jump through tons of hoops in order to enter giveaways, so a comment with your email address will suffice.
If you change your profile to have your email address visible, if it isn't already, you will gain an additional entry.
I ask this because it's so annoying to have someone leave a comment you would like to respond to, but can't, because their email is hidden. This is especially annoying if a question is asked in said comment.
If you choose to become a follower or tell me you already are, you can gain an additional entry too.
Just tell me in your comment if you've done any of the extras. You don't need to leave separate comments for each thing (too annoying!).
U.S. or Canada addresses only and no P.O. Boxes. Sorry!
This giveaway is now closed.
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