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Erica Bauermeister

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Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of the novel The School of Essential Ingredients and the upcoming novel Joy For Beginners (June 9, 2011). The School of Essential Ingredients is currently being published in 22 countries and Joy For Beginners was recently selected to be performed as part of the New Short Fiction Series in Los Angeles (June 12, 2011). Erica Bauermeister received a B.A. from Occidental College and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. 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 currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her family.

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Erica Bauermeister I'm so happy you like Antonia and Ian -- I had great fun creating them. None of my characters are based on anyone I know, but in Antonia's case, she…moreI'm so happy you like Antonia and Ian -- I had great fun creating them. None of my characters are based on anyone I know, but in Antonia's case, she was inspired both by my experience of moving back to the United States after living in Italy, and by the experience of watching an Italian friend move to this country. Everything seemed so different (my friend actually did drink half and half for a while, thinking it was milk). Antonia's personality, however, is all her own. I loved the idea of pairing her up with Ian, who reminds me of many of the software engineering types I know in Seattle. In many ways, their relationship makes me think of what happens to many Americans when they visit Italy...(less)
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One of my favorite books of 2013. Lyrical, fanciful, yet full of reality. I could feel Alaska in my bones. I could feel the longing this woman had for a child. And yet, I got caught up in the fairy tale of it all. A beautiful combination.
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“Each person's heart breaks in it's own way. Every cure will be different, but there are some things we all need. Before anything else, we need to feel safe.”
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“Life is beautiful. Some people just remind you of that more than others.”
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“They said - Adults need to have fun so children will want to grow up.”
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The Help
 
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