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Erica Bauermeister


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Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of two novels: The School of Essential Ingredients and Joy For Beginners (June, 2011). School of Essential Ingredients was proclaimed ""a remarkable debut," "exquisitely written and heartbreakingly delicious" and is currently being published in 22 countries. She is also the co-author of 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader's Guide and Let's Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has taught literature and writing at the University of Washington and currently lives in Seattle with her family.

Genres: General Fiction
 
Novels
   The School of Essential Ingredients (2009)
     aka The Monday Night Cooking School
   Joy For Beginners (2011)
   The Lost Art of Mixing (2013)
   The Scent Keeper (2019)
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Non fiction
   500 Great Books By Women (1994) (with Jesse Larsen and Holly Smith)
   Let's Hear It for the Girls (1997) (with Holly Smith)
   House Lessons: Renovating a Life (2020)
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Erica Bauermeister recommends
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When She Flew (2009)
Jennie Shortridge
"A novel with real heart."
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How to Bake a Perfect Life (2010)
Barbara O'Neal
"Envelopes you like the scent of warm bread, comforting and invigorating, full of love and forgiveness and possibility."
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He's Gone (2013)
Deb Caletti
"A thought-provoking and moving exploration."
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The Girls At 17 Swann Street (2019)
Yara Zgheib
"Heart-wrenching and beautiful . . . a must read."
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The Lost and Found Bookshop (2020)
Susan Wiggs
"What a warm and deeply satisfying story! Reading it is like feeling the summer sun after a long winter."
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What Comes After (2021)
JoAnne Tompkins
"This is a book for the ages. A powerful, compassionate page-turner, What Comes After dives deep into the best and worst of humanity and comes out singing. This is a story of families failed and made, of lives lost and found and taken, and of anger and forgiveness—elusive, precious, and overwhelming. Joanne Tompkins is a clear-eyed reader of souls, and she gives them to us in all their complicated and terrible beauty."

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