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Happiness for Beginners

(2015)
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In this exuberant novel, a thirtysomething-year-old woman embarks on a wilderness survival course and discovers that sometimes you have to leave things behind in order to find yourself.

A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It's supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother's even more annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can't imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen's well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming, where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls.

Yet despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen's own little life seem bigger, too. And somehow the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found.

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Praise for this book

"A gem of a novel about finding out just what you're made off." - Melissa Senate


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Hardback Editions

May 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Happiness For Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
ISBN: 1-4104-7916-1 / 978-1-4104-7916-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Happiness for Beginners: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine Center
ISBN: 1-250-04730-7 / 978-1-250-04730-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Audio Editions

March 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Happiness for Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
ISBN: 1-4815-2272-8 / 978-1-4815-2272-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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March 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Happiness for Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
ISBN: 1-4815-2274-4 / 978-1-4815-2274-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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March 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Happiness for Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
ISBN: 1-4815-2273-6 / 978-1-4815-2273-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Happiness for Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Happiness for Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Happiness for Beginners: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine Center
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA