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4.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 5 4.29 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erica Bauermeister Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781101484395
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"Moving, touching, wonderfully written, inspiring to read." -Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the RainAt 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Sensual…evocative…A book designed to both fill you up and make you hungry for life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is realistic fiction set in our world—and yet there is something subtly magical (and wholly wonderful) about it. Joy for Beginners is a pure delight.”


  • “Bauermeister’s mastery of character development and keen eye for description transform what could have been just another sisterhood book into something deeper.”

    Seattle Times

  • “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.”

    Library Journal (starred)

  • Selected for the June 2011 Indie Next List
  • A 2011 Library Journal Best Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iris | 6/20/2011

    " Good read. I enjoyed some of her other books more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 6/16/2011

    " Nice! Erica Bauermeister is a good-hearted author who deftly paints her characters, their challenges, charms and friendships, with warmth and grace. A light and lovely read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristie | 6/16/2011

    " not as good as her first book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 6/13/2011

    " I wish I could give this 4.5 stars. Loved the concept and message. I think it would make a great movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobi | 6/12/2011

    " This was a very good read. I am inspired to start a group with my friends to have each of us do one thing we have been putting off because we are afraid. This to be picked by the other friends in the my group. This is a good beach, vacation, summer read for women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thinders | 6/11/2011

    " I have read two chapters so far, and I am completely intrigued with the characters. I loved her first book The School of Essential Ingredients and this is following through on that tradition. Rich characters, beautiful language, deep thought. I love it so far.

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/10/2011

    " Easy fun read that makes you appreciate the women in your life and what friends means. Also makes you think about other less exciting things to add to a bucket list! "

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About the Author
Author Erica Bauermeister

Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of the three novels and the co-author of two nonfiction books. She lives in Seattle.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.