Monday, April 23, 2012

Harriet Beamer Takes The Bus by Joyce Magnin~ Book Spotlight

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310333555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310333555

Book Description

April 24, 2012 Harriet Beamer Series
Aging and recent widow Harriet Beamer insists she's getting along fine with her dog Humphrey in Philadelphia ... until she falls for the fourth time, injuring her ankle, and causing her son and daughter-in-law to cry foul. Insisting Harriet move in with them in California, they make a bet that her ankle is broken, and she foolishly promises to move if they're right. Four x-rays later, Harriet's ankle---and her heart---are broken. She packs up, ships her huge salt and pepper collection to California, and prepares to move away from the only life she knows. The only catch? She's doing it her way. Just wait till her daughter-in-law hears Harriet will travel cross country only by public transportation and alternate means. What follows is a hilarious, heartwarming journey by train, metro bus, ferry, and motorcycle. Along the way, Harriet discovers that although her family thinks it's time for her to be put out to pasture---God has a different plan.

About the author:
Joyce Magnin is the author of the popular and quirky BrightÆs Pond novels. She is a frequent conference speaker and writing instructor. When sheÆs not writing or reading, Joyce enjoys baseball, needle arts, video games and cream soda, but not elevatorsùespecially glass ones. She listens to many kinds of music, shamelessly confesses to enjoying American Idol, yet she has never sky-dived or eaten a scallop. Joyce has three children, Rebekah, Emily and Adam, one son-in-law named Joshua, and three grandsons, Lemuel, Cedar and Soren. Joyce lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania with her son, Adam, and their crazy cat, Mango, who likes to eat nachos.

Be sure to stop back in a few days to read my review of "Harriet Beamer Takes The Bus."


  1. I am looking forward to your review! My mom recently moved in with us after a major illness (she's on the mend now!), and I work with the elderly, so I enjoy reading about them especially when they are portrayed as real people. The reason I loved Water for Elephants so much was because it featured some scenes inside a nursing home.

  2. Kate, I really enjoyed the book, I haven't read Water for Elephants but it sounds like one I would enjoy.I will certainly be checking it out.


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