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Author: Rebecca Barry Narrator: Kyra Miller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781490681009
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Writing with a delicate balance of humor and truth, critically acclaimed author Rebecca Barry reflects on motherhood, work, and marriage in her new memoir about trying to build a creative life.

When Rebecca Barry and her husband moved to upstate New York to start their family, they wanted to be surrounded by natural beauty but close to a small urban center, doing work they loved, and plenty of time to spend with their kids. But living their dreams turned out not to be so simple: the lovely old house they bought had lots of character but also needed lots of repairs, they struggled to stay afloat financially, their children refused to sleep or play quietly, and the novel Rebecca had dreamed of writing simply wouldn’t come to her.

Recipes for a Beautiful Life blends heartwarming, funny, authentically told stories about the messiness of family life, a fearless examination of the anxieties of creative work, and sharp-eyed observations of the pressures that all women face. This is a story of a woman confronting her deepest fears: What if I’m a terrible mother? What if I’m not good at the work I love? What if my children never eat anything but peanut butter and cake? What if I go to sleep angry? It’s also a story of the beauty, light, and humor that’s around us, all the time—even when things look bleak, and using that to find your way back to your heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Barry’s writes about writing, while balancing two children with her other arm. It’s raw and true, heartbreaking and naked. And in the end it’s the story of all of us who strive and settle, grunt and bear it, while still managing to laugh. Which is easy, cause Barry is sly and very, very funny.”

    Julia Sweeney, author of If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother

  • “Rebecca Barry looks straight at her life and describes it—sometimes hilariously, sometimes movingly. Her generosity of spirit makes for an engaging, wise, and delightful read.”

    Ian Frazier, author of Travels in Siberia

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About the Author

Rebecca Barry is the author of Later, at the Bar: A Novel in Stories, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick. Her nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Magazine, Seventeen, Real Simple, Food and Wine, Saveur, More, O, The Oprah Magazine, Hallmark, and the Best American Travel Writing 2003. Her fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, Tin House, Ecotone, the Mid-American Review, Best New American Voices 2005, and was shortlisted in Best American Short Stories 2000, 2004, and 2009. She is also a writing coach, and cofounder of the magazine Fresh Dirt.

About the Narrator

Kyra Miller is an actress, writer, and singer. She has had roles at the Westport Country Playhouse, Portland Stage Company, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and the Pearl Theatre Company. As a writer and storyteller, she has performed her own work at the Cornelia St. Café, IRT, the Irondale Center and the Metropolitan Room. She studies voice with Mark Schnaible and Sally Wilfert. Kyra is currently teaching acting at Montclair State University.