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Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (If Disorderly) Lifeby Suzanne Beecher
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Suzanne Beecher's happy, loving voice has brought more than 350,000 people to her online book club at DearReader.com, where her daily column offers her candid, thought-provoking reflections on life, inspiring countless readers to look at their ordinary lives in a new way. By turns funny and poignant, Suzanne is the reassuring friend across the kitchen table with a refreshing, jaunty attitude about life, even in the face of whatever difficulties it may bring.
Suzanne has had her own share of troubles to overcome. Left home alone at an early age, she struggled with difficult and distant parents, dealt with heartbreak, became a hard-working single mom, and overcame two substance addictions and a physical impairment. But along the way, she found comfort in baking and sharing food with her friends and family. She learned to take the good with the bad, and her life is now inspiring proof that faith and persistence are the keys to success.
This beautifully written celebration of food, friends, and family will nourish Suzanne's numerous fans and those who have yet to discover her simple, homespun magic.
"Beecher, the woman behind the online book club DearReader.com, gives her fans a new story to follow - her own - in this recipe-laden memoir of dysfunction and small victories. Inspired by a reader who, having been diagnosed with lung cancer, asked for advice on what to leave her children, Beecher decided to pair a list of nostalgic recipes with the stories behind them. But those hoping for charming tales of afterschool cupcakes or Rockwellian family dinners will be in for a surprise. Beecher's childhood was far from bucolic: an only child raised by emotionally distant parents, she got pregnant in high school and bounced between jobs and relationships until finding her calling in food. Depending on one's perspective, this detailed account of her journey will either soothe or grate; her penchant for recounting every setback, minor victory, and anecdote requires either an appetite for drama or consumption in short bites. As for the dishes that close each chapter, they are only there to provide comfort: Funeral Cakes, goulash, and banana bread, while perfectly acceptable, are more plot device than playbook. Photos" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"A fascinating, dramatic life with nourishing lessons for us all." David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Shimmer
"From the first laugh to the last tear, Suzanne Beecher had me in her thrall. Part memoir, part cookbook, part comedic romp, this is is a book written with candor bravery and soul on every single page. Be sure to try some of Beecher's recipes — I fell in love with her chocolate cookies — but not as much as I fell in love with her." M.J. Rose, international bestselling author
"While it's well known that food and stories make for a great combination, Muffins and Mayhem takes their relationship to a whole new level. Brimming over with the stuff of life, this is a book to curl up with and devour." Joel ben Izzy, storyteller and author of The Beggar King and The Secret of Happiness
A reader's poignant letter to Suzanne Beecher inspired her to share her collection of loved ones' recipes and their wonderful memories in her life.
About the Author
Suzanne Beecher has owned a restaurant, founded and published a business magazine, founded a non-profit program to feed the homeless in her area, and homeschooled her youngest son from fourth grade through high school. Today she writes a daily column at www.DearReader.com; designs book clubs for publishers, booksellers and libraries across the country; and speaks to groups every chance she gets because she loves to tell a great story. Her interests include gardening, writing, reading, storytelling, encouraging other businesspeople, baking chocolate chip cookies, and making pies from scratch. She lives with her husband in Sarasota, Florida.
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