Heaping Spoonful

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Heaping Spoonful Will Make You Believe in the Power of Starting Over

When Claire Hamilton lost her husband to cancer, her self-image shattered overnight. Once a happily married and financially secure mother of two, Claire suddenly finds herself a single parent trying to keep her small bakery running smoothly. While she manages to continue her daily duties as mom, boss, sister and daughter, Claire's anger and inability to move on have her emotionally crippled. Luckily for Claire,...

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Overview

Heaping Spoonful Will Make You Believe in the Power of Starting Over

When Claire Hamilton lost her husband to cancer, her self-image shattered overnight. Once a happily married and financially secure mother of two, Claire suddenly finds herself a single parent trying to keep her small bakery running smoothly. While she manages to continue her daily duties as mom, boss, sister and daughter, Claire's anger and inability to move on have her emotionally crippled. Luckily for Claire, the people who love her refuse to stop pushing her to learn to really live---and love---again.

Claire's family is impossible to ignore: Lucy, Claire's man-crazy younger sister and employee, prides herself on being blunt and brash, but amazingly loveable. Claire's father is an ex-high school principal who, though he is a great help with the business and his grandchildren, can still make her feel like a teenager. Claire's mother, a southern belle suffering from Alzheimer's, helps Claire most of all by providing her with a surprising gift from her own past.

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"Heaping Spoonful is a simple story overflowing with meaning. Claire is a brave, young woman--a lot braver than she gives herself credit for--who faces her fears and follows her heart, even when she is unsure where either will lead her. Shauna Glenn's ability to tell a story in a truly candid voice makes her characters as real as your next-door neighbor. Glenn is a lively, creative storyteller--and funny!"

--Jennifer Nice, San Francisco, California Publisher, Editor and Award-Winning Author

"After reading the first three pages of Shauna Glenn's new book, Heaping Spoonful, I sent her a text message telling her I wanted to marryher writing. Glenn is a literary artist. She has an extraordinary way of taking you from the past to the present to develop her characters. From the opening scene, Glenn uses her magic to pull you into the complicated mind of the book's main character as she deals with the death of her husband. Heaping Spoonful is a real page turner that will no doubt be the first of many successful novels by this new talent."

Hal Brown, Publisher, Fort Worth Texas magazine

"Full of honest emotion Heaping Spoonful makes you believe in the power of starting over."

Eileen Cook, author of Unpredictable.

cover art by Jen Meyer Visit her website at jenmeyerphotography.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434384539
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 7/13/2008
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 519,913
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Absolutely Wonderful

    You can't help but to fall in love with the characters in this book. They are all so amazing. I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to much more to come from Mrs. Glenn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    loved it, loved it, loved it!

    i read this book in one afternoon...i couldn't put it down once i started....i look forward to more books from shauna glenn!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    New Favorite Author!!!

    From the time I opened the book until the time i put it down, i felt like i was on a roller coaster of emotion! I could not put this book down. I haven't laughed out loud or related to so many characters in a book in such a long time. I am ready for the movie to come out because i will be the first in line to buy a ticket. I have found my new favorite author in Shauna Glenn and i can't wait for her next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    best summer read of 2008

    this is so captivating that once i started i couldn't put it down. the end really blew me away because i thought it would end differently. but that is why i loved it because it was not so predictable. well worth reading. i would read anything else this great author writes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Heaping Spoonful

    Heaping Spoonful, a first novel by magazine columnist and blog queen Shauna Glenn, is surprisingly funny despite its dark premise. The story opens with the main character, Claire Hamilton, who has lost her husband to cancer, struggling emotionally in her role as a 30-something widow with two kids and a small business. Her rage erupts in the first scene as she flings a rock into the window of a car that came too close while she jogged. The humor catches up when the driver of the car turns out too be her little sister¿s new boyfriend and Claire¿s ex-high-school principal father makes her pay for the window. Glenn does an amazing job of putting the reader into Claire¿s roller coaster emotions. The reader feels the boiling anger that keeps Claire from being able to move on in her life emotionally, but is also able to enjoy the often darkly humorous as well as the lovely moments along with Claire. When Claire is scolded by her well-meaning father, the reader suddenly feels like a truant teenager right along with Claire. When Claire¿s son sleeps in his father¿s closet on a pile of sweatshirts, the reader¿s heart aches with Claire. Claire¿s mother, an only occasionally lucid woman with Alzheimer¿s, is touchingly depicted. Her old-fashioned Southern charm comes through during her lucid moments, and her role in helping Claire on her emotional recovery are seamless. Glenn¿s characters are very strong, fairly flawed and therefore, incredibly lovable. In particular, Claire¿s sister, Lucy, is a gem. Glenn¿s portrayal of the irreverent and irresponsible man-crazy but loving Lucy is wonderful. The unshakable bond of sisters who support and yet still exasperate each other shines through their interactions. Even less central characters leave a big impact. Case in point, Mrs. Sugarman, the well-meaning elderly socialite who anonymously helps put Claire¿s bakery on the map and then plays cupid as well. Similarly, Claire¿s restaurant manager, Ben, manages to creep stealthily into the reader¿s heart as his quiet strength and business skill joins with Lucy¿s enthusiasm to take Claire¿s neighborhood bakery to the next level. As a mother, Claire¿s interactions with her young children as they too attempt to cope with the reality of their altered existence and their Mother¿s unhappiness makes the story all the more appealing to parents. The reality of being left entirely alone in what one expected to be the partnership of parenting and having to start all over again is a hidden fear in many of us parents. Glenn manages to avoid the cliché of a moral and asexual widow and instead gives us a very real, desperately hurt and yet still sexual being who is trying to find her way. Claire¿s attempts to break back into dating and sex are comically bungled, and leave her even more confused and emotionally troubled. From torrid ill-planned sex with a completely inappropriate man to the perfectly planned but badly executed relationship with a near perfect man, Claire can¿t seem to get it right. It is only when Claire finally gets what she thinks she really wants, that she realizes what she really needs. The surprising twist at the end was quirky and unexpected, but it will leave the reader feeling almost giddy, albeit in a ¿¿and they lived happily ever after¿ sort of way. Each of the characters lend their own form of support to the seemingly fraying fabric of Claire¿s life. As the story comes to a close, the underlying theme of the importance of friends and family is clear. Any reader who has survived a dark or difficult patch will recognize that regardless of our individual strength, it is essential to have loved ones to prop us up, hold us close, and ultimately kick us in the pants when we most need it. All in all, Heaping Spoonful is a moving and engaging story, full of honest, funny, and tender moments. You will enjoy the ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    Heaping Spoonful

    I have always thought that women are a little crazy. The characters in this book confirm it, and I loved it. The recipes in the back are a nice touch, by the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    Heaping Spoonful

    You can't help but get sucked into the emotional drama of this book. It goes from funny to dark to vaguely crazy and back to funny again. Definitely a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    A GREAT Summer Read...

    I absolutely LOVED this book. It was funny..witty..and all around entertaining. As a mother of 2..I got completely lost in it wanting more. I can't wait for her next book to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Want a girlfriend?

    Claire is facing challenges that lots of today's women face. But get ready for some unexpected twists that make you glad you're not Claire! Once Henry showed up I was glued to the book and never put it down again. Reading 'Heaping Spoonful' was like sitting with a funny and very honest girlfriend and listening to her life story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    The first of many greats by Shauna Glenn

    You will fall in love with the story! Obstacles the main character, Claire, experiences will make you laugh and break your heart. What she goes through will hit home with so many people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Refreshing new talent

    Heaping Spoonful sang to me soul. I very much identified with Claire's character flaws which gave her a multi-layered & realistic dimension. The rapport between Claire, her family & co-workers struck an authentic cord as well. The writing was fluid & easy to follow without any false contrivanaces. Glenn truly captured the essence of her characters and painted the perfect canvas for them to delight & inspire. Anxiously awaiting her next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    Heaping Spoonful

    This was a good and easy read interesting but with some genuinely funny characters. The sister (Lucy) is hysterical.

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