Happiness for Beginners

Happiness for Beginners

Large Print - 2015 | Large Print edition
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A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying, ten years younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It's supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother's even-more-annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can't imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen's well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls. Yet, despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen's own little life seem bigger, too. And, somehow the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410479167
Branch Call Number: LP CENTE-K
Characteristics: 473 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Katherine Center is the author of five bittersweet comic novels about love and family. In Happiness for Beginners she gives readers a charming, heartfelt novel about a woman who needs to escape from her life in order to rebuild it.

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Jun 17, 2018

Enjoy this author and her writing style. Good characters and enjoyed the story.

Jun 30, 2017

Cute love story in the wilderness. Helen is a very likable character as she tries to forge into a better stronger version of herself. Jake is a great sidekick. Good banter between them, along with humorous and touching moments. Easy read when you're looking for something lighthearted.

Jul 01, 2015

A fun, quick read. Center does not disappoint.


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