Joy for Beginners

By Erica Bauermeister
(Wheeler Publishing, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410440747, 343pp.)

Publication Date: September 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2011 Indie Next List
“Kate has conquered cancer, and now she has the goal to ride the white-water rapids in the Grand Canyon. During a celebration dinner, she gives each of her six friends an equally personal challenge. Bauermeister masterfully weaves the stories of the seven women together, allowing the reader to empathize with and root for each one as she jumps her own personal hurdle. A great selection for book clubs!”
-- Sam Droke-Dickinson, Aaron's Books, Lititz, PA

Six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer. Kate strikes a bargain with them: to celebrate her new lease on life, she'll 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.

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  1. “The second she touched the dough it seemed to latch on to her skin, clinging to her hands, greedy and thick, webbing her fingers. She tried to pull back, but the dough came with her, stretching off the counter, as unyielding as chewing gum. Clay was nothing like this.” Daria tells Henry that she works with clay because she likes to play in the mud. Later we learn that her mother loved to bake bread. Why has Daria embraced working with clay, yet maintained such a tenuous relationship with bread-baking? Aside from its associations with her mother, what is it about bread that makes Daria nervous?

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