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Erica Bauermeister

Autor(a) de The School of Essential Ingredients

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About the Author

Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, The Lost Art of Mixing, and The Scent Keeper. She currently Lives in Port Townsend, Washington, in the house she renovated with her family.
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Obras por Erica Bauermeister

The School of Essential Ingredients (2009) 1,798 exemplares
The Scent Keeper (2019) 633 exemplares
Joy for Beginners (2011) 489 exemplares
The Lost Art of Mixing (2013) 351 exemplares
No Two Persons (2023) 227 exemplares
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices (2011) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
House Lessons: Renovating a Life (2020) 85 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Bauermeister, Erica
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Pasadena, California, USA
Locais de residência
Seattle, Washington, USA
University of Washington



The story explores the meaning of home and family through a series of broken relationships, fairy tales, and concealed truths. Beginning with a father & daughter on an isolated island off the coast of Washington and an obsession with scents and fairy tales. The obsession leads to disaster, and Emmaline (the daughter) is taken in by an elderly couple who own a remote resort.

After spending her first 13 years in social isolation, Emmaline struggles. She comes to love the couple and their dog, whose reliance on scents helps her to integrate her experiences. School is a more difficult social problem for her. Her classmate, Fisher, is also an outsider in the school and they establish a relationship based on that. He helps her to read facial expressions human behavior.

They try to escape their unhappiness together, which fractures both of their families in different ways. Fisher runs away to Seattle. Emmaline runs away in search of him and also finds her mother, who is also obsessed with scents.

The story arc is a familiar one. The vehicle of using scents to explore the drives and motivations of people is novel. The writing is okay, I could have done without the repetitive phrasing through out the story: "Once upon a time, Emmaline...", "My fault, my fault".... These may have been more noticeable to me listening to the audio version of the book.
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tangledthread | 30 outras críticas | Feb 25, 2024 |
A story of scents and how a tell your life?s story. A beautiful story of finding oneself in the scents that surround us through our life. Kirkus: Ayoung girl with a unique talent for identifying scents embarks on a journey of self-discovery when she's ripped from her intensely isolated childhood home.Emmeline has lived with her father on an otherwise uninhabited island in the Pacific Northwest for as long as she can remember. Her father teaches her to read, to forage for food, and to hone her sense of smell. Emmeline doesn?t question their isolation, as she?s known nothing else. She adores the long days learning from her father, listening to fairy tales, and watching him use his mysterious machine. The machine produces ?scent-papers? that her father stashes inside small glass bottles, each paper preserving a one-of-a-kind scent. When tragedy strikes, Emmeline is forced to relocate to the mainland. She is taken in by a kind, childless couple in a seaside village. Similar to a wild animal suddenly brought into captivity, 12-year-old Emmeline struggles to adapt. As she slowly establishes a new life, beginning school and navigating adolescence, questions about her father, her absentee mother, and her own identity continue to grow. The more she learns about her past, the harder it becomes to reconcile her childhood with her future. Told entirely from Emmeline?s perspective, the novel contains three distinct sections. The first, where Emmeline is living in the wild, is suffused with wonder and enchantment. The author deftly describes the lush island and the awe of a little girl watching her father fill a cabin with mysterious bottles full of scents and dreams. Once Emmeline moves to the mainland, the patina of her youth wears off, and much of the magic of the story goes with it. Even so, the author?s ability to describe scents, the nature in which they evolve, and how deeply they are tied to memory and emotion provides sufficient heft to keep the novel engaging and worthwhile. Told in a lyrical, haunting prose, the story provides fascinating information about the ways in which different fragrances can impact human behavior and the struggles of finding one?s own identity.An artfully crafted coming-of-age story that will take the reader on an exquisite olfactory adventure.… (mais)
bentstoker | 30 outras críticas | Jan 26, 2024 |
This is a tough one. I wanted to love it but I didn't. I love the concept of the cooking class and the lives of the students coming together but I found the message (food is sexy & sensual) overpowering and some of the writing cloying.

I guess I say read it from the library but go into with with a grain of salt. Do not but it.
hmonkeyreads | 138 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |
Joy For Beginners is a story about seven women who are all at different stages in their lives, but have managed to become best friends anyway. One of the things that has tied them together is nursing Kate through breast cancer. At her victory party, she agrees to go white-water rafting with her college-aged daughter if each of her friends will face her own fears within the next year.

Kate has listened, both with her ears and her heart while her friends talked about their lives during her illness. She picks the one task for each woman that will give her hope and bring back the joy in her life. Some of the tasks sound mundane and pointless at first, like learning to bake bread, but there is a reason for every choice Kate makes.

The author has done her research well for this book. One of the women is "assigned" a Breast Cancer 3-Day. Having done the walk myself, that part of the story, with the vivid and accurate descriptions, was bittersweet.

This is a story of love, friendship, hope, and heartbreak. It's about moving on and starting over and remembering that life is for living.

I won this book in a GR First-reads giveaway. (Thanks, GR!)
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amandabeaty | 69 outras críticas | Jan 4, 2024 |



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