Today is the launch of Erica Bauermeister's latest wonderful novel, Joy for Beginners!
Bauermeister's first book, "The School of Essential Ingredients" was such a marvelous read I didn't think the author could top it, but somehow she managed to pull it off with this delightful, fresh and fun read:
"Joy For Beginners tells the story of a group of seven women who gather for an intimate, outdoor dinner in Seattle to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer. Wineglass in hand, Kate agrees to a pact: she'll go white-water rafting down the Grand Canyon, a journey which frankly terrifies. But if she goes, each of them must also do one thing in the next year that is new or difficult or scary – and Kate gets to choose their challenges."
Bauermeister and her fellow Seattle7Writers group friend, Jennie Shortridge, should someday be on the list below, from Shelf Awareness:
"The 10 Most Powerful Women Authors
were showcased by Forbes, which said that these particular writers were
selected "because of their ability to influence us through their words
and ideas. Collectively, these women hold readers captivated with
stories of fantastical worlds, suspense and drama, insights into the
complexities of minority experiences and cultures, and fresh takes on
societal issues and expectations.... not to mention, book sales of up to
800 million copies sold and a wealth of prestigious awards and
recognition including Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes. In other words, these
10 women can tell (and sell) a good story."
Though I must mention that I read and enjoyed books from only three of the authors on the list, JK Rowling, Maya Angelou and Isabel Allende, because so many of the other authors listed write formulaic garbage, like Danielle Steel (if you've read one of her books, you have read them all) or horrible prose like Stephanie Meyers. But of course they are not talking about the quality of what these women write, it's how much money they've made, how many books sold and how powerful they are. Never mind if their books are good, or worth reading.
I am intrigued by this, because if the price goes down far enough, I may be tempted to get one:
Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney predicted that a $99 Kindle may be a
reality by the Christmas season this year: "We would expect a sub-$100
price level by late 2011. Our belief is that the current price levels
are attractive enough to broadly expand the potential Kindle buyer
called this the "price point that many believe is key to widespread
e-reader adoption by the holidays."
And I really, really want to go on this trip:
Jaunted.com featured "three havens for bookish travelers
noting that London "is teeming with bookshops that celebrate all things
erudite, stores that avid readers could easily get lost in for hours on
end. If you count yourself among this group, then take note of the
following three locales: nerd-tested (and we mean that in a good way),