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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
School of Essential Ingredients
   1. The School of Essential Ingredients (2009)

     aka The Monday Night Cooking School

   2. The Lost Art of Mixing (2013)
   Joy For Beginners (2011)
   The Scent Keeper (2019)
   No Two Persons (2023)
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)
Erica Bauermeister recommends
The Enemy at Home (2023)
Kevin O'Brien
"A classic Kevin O'Brien page-turner, with a new historical twist. O'Brien takes us deep into Seattle during WWII, as his heroine juggles work, misogyny, solo parenting, and a serial killer on the loose. Nora is a heroine to root for, and the curves in the plot kept me reading late into the night (while checking the locks on my doors!)."
Angeline (2023)
Anna Quinn
"Anna Quinn's novels dive deep into the human psyche, exploring our capacity to harm and heal. Angeline is a call to open arms, a clear-eyed view of our often-flawed humanity and how the power of compassion can change everything. It is a novel of gorgeous sentences and beautiful messages. It left me feeling stronger, wiser, and in complete awe."
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."
The Lost and Found Bookshop (2020)
(Bella Vista Chronicles, book 3)
Susan Wiggs
"What a warm and deeply satisfying story! Reading it is like feeling the summer sun after a long winter."
The Girls At 17 Swann Street (2019)
Yara Zgheib
"Heart-wrenching and beautiful . . . a must read."
He's Gone (2013)
Deb Caletti
"A thought-provoking and moving exploration."

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