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Recipe for a Beautiful Life: A Memoir in Stories - Rebecca Barry
Recipe for a Beautiful Life: A Memoir in Stories
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781416593362
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Biography Memoir
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4.0 Recipes for a Beautiful Life
If I were petty, I would admit that this book made me jealous — for the idyllic rural home, the welcoming coffee shop down the street and yes, the glittering book contract — but I am not petty (ha!), and I will give Rebecca Barry her due. To be fair, Barry has the good sense to include the messiness...
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