Recipes For A Beautiful Life: A Memoir In Stories

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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I’m not really a big fan of memoirs. I received a copy of this one from the publisher. I haven’t read it but did take a quick glance through it. It looked like it was written in a casual style with a bit of humor. I thought I’d share it here, for those of you that enjoy the genre. Here’s some info on the book from the publisher.

Recipes For A Beautiful Life: A Memoir In Stories

Recipes for a Beautiful Life: A Memoir in Stories

  • Author:
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416593365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416593362
  • Cover price $25.00

Writing with a delicate balance of humor and truth, critically acclaimed author Rebecca Barry reflects on motherhood, work, and marriage in her new memoir about trying to build a creative life.

When Rebecca Barry and her husband moved to upstate New York to start their family, they wanted to be surrounded by natural beauty but close to a small urban center, doing work they loved, and plenty of time to spend with their kids. But living their dreams turned out not to be so simple: the lovely old house they bought had lots of character but also needed lots of repairs, they struggled to stay afloat financially, their children refused to sleep or play quietly, and the novel Rebecca had dreamed of writing simply wouldn’t come to her.

Recipes for a Beautiful Life blends heartwarming, funny, authentically told stories about the messiness of family life, a fearless examination of the anxieties of creative work, and sharp-eyed observations of the pressures that all women face. This is a story of a woman confronting her deepest fears: What if I’m a terrible mother? What if I’m not good at the work I love? What if my children never eat anything but peanut butter and cake? What if I go to sleep angry? It’s also a story of the beauty, light, and humor that’s around us, all the time—even when things look bleak, and using that to find your way back to your heart.

Mostly, though, it is about the journey to building not just a beautiful life, but a creative one.

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Krystal May 2, 2015 - 10:52 pm

Memoirs are actually my FAVORITE kind of book to read! Thanks for sharing this one – saw it pop up on FB – and just bought!

Melissa Semra May 2, 2015 - 11:44 pm

I’ve already read Later, at the Bar by Rebecca Berry and it was amazing book.
I’m sure Recipes for a Beautiful Life will turn out just as well!

pat. May 4, 2015 - 8:47 am

Books fill the mind and opren doors.


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