Saturday June 22 at 5:00 PM Erica Bauermeister presents her latest novel, The Scent Keeper. Lovely, lyrical prose has always been the hallmark of Bauermeister’s writing. She crafts beautiful sentences that lead into rich stories. Emmeline lives with her father, all alone, on an island surrounded by sea, with a dangerous passage of violent water leading into the one calm lagoon. It is the only home Emmeline has known, her father her only companion until she is granted for a pet a sweet natured goat. Although it is a solitary existence, it is not lonely, it is a sensory delight. Her father has built walls of drawers in their little cabin that hold individual jars containing scent papers evoking far flung places. He tells her stories of an intrepid scent collector and teaches her to fully engage in the scents on their island. She lives cocooned in this idyllic existence until tragedies strike, leaving Emmeline wracked with guilt over her role. Once out in the world, she is confronted with a million things that are routine but totally unknown to her, like plumbing, appliances, vehicles. All new to Emmeline. As she grows into a young woman, she begins to seek the secrets of her identity that will lead her to ultimately discover what led her father to flee with his baby to an island retreat surrounded by angry water.
All of Erica Bauermeister’s novels are a sensory delight to read. Each taking the reader into a new world.
The School of Essential Ingredients is set in a cooking class Lillian teaches in her restaurant. As each class becomes absorbed in creating nurturing food, we learn about the student’s lives and how they are changed by the confidence they gain. Each student is transformed and enriched in a deeply personal way in Lillian’s kitchen. Their stories mingle with the dishes Lillian teaches them to create, and the food sounds delicious. The characters are likeable and the setting quite charming. If you enjoy cooking you will be inspired!
The Lost Art of Mixing continues the characters from The School of Essential Ingredients. Lillian’s restaurant is the common thread that brings the characters together. Isabelle is sinking into dementia; her housemate Chloe, a sous chef at Lillian’s restaurant, keeps things on even keel for the moment but Isabel’s daughter worries about the near future. Finnegan showed up one day out of the blue, took a job as a dishwasher at the restaurant and yearns for a closer relationship with Chloe. Al, Lillian’s accountant, is in a loveless marriage, his wife’s disappointment and anger are moving from simmer to boil at a frothy pace. Lillian’s relationship with Tom is taking a few unexpected turns on the bumpy road to love. All their stories converge and coalesce into a novel that is sure to leave the reader feeling good.
Joy for Beginners is a book of second chances. . Kate’s victory over the Emperor of Maladies is being celebrated with an intimate dinner party for six of her closest friends. Her daughter put a brochure for rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in the kitchen. Kate’s friends encourage her to go, as a grand celebration of her renewed health. She agrees provided each of her guests allows her to choose a challenge for them too. Each woman faces a challenge that ultimately enriches their lives; this is a heartwarming, life affirming story.
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