"Dip in and out without missing a beat or the message: Contentment isn’t about getting everything…but finding magic in the mess."
"This book made me fall in love with life again. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Sarah Koski, owner of Roundabout Designs, top seller on Etsy, and mother of two.
"Only 15 pages into my ARC of Rebecca Barry's Recipes for a Beautiful Life: A Memoir in Stories, I was charmed. I knew I was in it for the long haul. Fifteen pages more and I was folding down the corners of pages, underlining phrases, placing entire paragraphs in parentheses. A day later, I found myself grieving over the knowledge that this book would eventually end...."
Steph Auteri. Read review in
"Spontaneous dinners with good friends, soul-searching through meditation and yoga, and hilarious snippets of child rearing—all come alive in Barry’s memoir, which the reader will relish."
"A solid addition to the growing genre of short, witty essays written by women about having a career while trying to raise a family."
"You will rip through these stories and find a bit of your best and worst self on every page. Rebecca Barry is one of us."
Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of Glitter and Glue
"Barry writes about writing, while balancing two children with her other arm. It's raw and true, heartbreaking and naked. And in the end it's the story of all of us who strive and settle, grunt and bear it, while still managing to laugh. Which is easy, cause Barry is sly and very, very funny."
Julia Sweeney, author of If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother
"This book will bring a welcome dose of brightness—leavened with acerbic wit—to readers who, like Barry, are simply trying to do worthwhile work and care for the people they love."
Katie Noah Gibson, Read review in
"Rebecca Barry looks straight at her life and describes it-sometimes hilariously, sometimes movingly. Her generosity of spirit makes for an engaging, wise, and delightful read."
Ian Frazier, author of Travels in Siberia