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I was given this book (translated into Italian) by friends this summer during my bout with cancer...it was a special gift and a marvellous story. I have since bought and sent it to share with many friends and family. Do the same! It hightlights the many-faceted ways people respond and react to fear and illness...and how valid each is. Really great. the brand new book took some time to get here (the postal service to Europe!) but arrived in perfect condition and supports a good cause. Enjoy! And have a blue chair ready for a friend....
Je connaissais déjà Erica Bauermeister grâce à l'Ecole des saveurs et le Goût des souvenirs. Cet ouvrage n'étant pas paru en français, j'ai opté pour la langue américaine pour le découvrir. Facile d'accès, le style est semblable aux autres écrits de cette auteure. Les personnages nous emmènent dans la réalisation de leurs défis, et on achève ce livre avec l'envie de se fixer de nouveaux objectifs ! Bref, détente, plaisir et regain d'énergie sont au programme. A découvrir tout au long de l'année !!
In a world of steamy romances, psycho killers, tragedy, dysfunctional families, mysteries, and graphic action scenes, it is welcoming to find a book that sweetly(but realistically) reminds what life and friendship are all about. What a refreshing read!
Kate, a breast cancer survivor, is challenged by her circle of friends to go on an adventurous trip with her daughter. She agrees as long as each of them do something that challenges and scares them. And Kate gets to pick the challenge for each friend. At first the challenges seem very simple, but they end up being what each lady needs. Each chapter tells the story of one friend’s challenge and ends with Kate’s.
The author really delves in to each character. These women become your friends. This is a circle of friends of which I want to be a part! My only “complaint” is that it ended too soon. I wanted a chapter where they all got back together and shared their experiences and what has happened since. So many carrots left dangling. This was an excellent books that i definitely recommend reading!
After reading Erica Bauermeister’s first two novels, I was curious about what she would take on in her third novel. Bauermeister’s first novel about a woman who runs a successful restaurant and offers cooking classes was an excellent addition to the ‘cooking fiction’ genre. The tale of Lillian and her restaurant seemed fairly finished in Bauermeister’s second ‘sequel’ novel (The Lost Art of Mixing), so I was anxious to see if she could pull out yet another great book. After reading this book, I believe she was clearly more than up to the task! I was even more taken with this novel.
The main protagonist, Kate, has just finished a year long bout with breast cancer. To be honest, I have been steering far away from cancer-themed stories these days after having cancer hit much too close to home in my family. However, I read this book anyway, hoping for an engrossing story that would enchant me in spite of the big C, and I found it. Rather than focus on cancer itself, this book focuses on friendship and personal challenges instead. In a gathering surrounded by her friends, Kate is challenged to a river rafting trip by her daughter. They all encourage her to go on the trip (of course, after all, what are friends for???). She in turn individually challenges each of her friends to do something that is very difficult to face. Each woman faces her challenge in unique ways, and Bauermeister resists the temptation to ‘tie every shoelace’ in their stories. Rather, the real read is in how each woman greets her task and goes about facing it.
As you read each of these incredible women’s stories, I hope that you will be as moved as I was at the insights and truths that Bauermeister voices around every turn. There is something so validating and healing about hearing your inner thoughts echoed through another person’s thoughts (fictional or otherwise). I found myself underlining many passages to re-read later, and know that this will be a book I will read at least once more before I put it away in the bookshelf. I recommend it as an engrossing read, and can hardly wait for Bauermeister’s next book.
This is a lovely book that centers on several characters who are all connected to one another in some way. The challenges set by one of them for the others are varied and imaginative. You might even be inspired to try one or two of them. I especially liked the creation of the magic moonlight garden as well as the rafting through the Grand Canyon. You will feel satisfied by the end of the book and will have shared some interesting adventures.