Muffins and Mayhem by Suzanne Beecher

Muffins and Mayhem

Suzanne Beecher's happy, loving voice has brought more than 350,000 people to her online book club at, 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...

Details Muffins and Mayhem

TitleMuffins and Mayhem
Release DateJun 1st, 2010
GenreNonfiction, Food and Drink, Cookbooks, Autobiography, Memoir, Cooking, Family

Reviews Muffins and Mayhem

  • Susan (aka Just My Op)
    Subtitled Recipes for a Happy (if disorderly) Life, Muffins and Mayhem is a memoir of the woman who established I expected an uplifting story, not necessarily an unforgettable piece of literature but a feel-good book. I'm afraid that it let me down a little. While a memoir is supposed to be about the author and while I enjoy reading memoirs, in this one, the author seemed a little too self-involved to be fun reading. The author wr...
  • Stacey B.
    I had so much fun reading this book. I love that the book is a compilation of a bunch of short stories all rolled into one bigger story--the story of Suzanne's life. Some of the stories were sad, but Suzanne was able to overcome those situations to become the person she is today. Most of the stories were humerous and made me crack a smile. I loved looking at the pictures at the beginning of each chapter and the recipes at the end of the chapters ...
  • Cheryl
    Muffins & Mayhem by Suzanne BeecherPublished by Touchstone A Division of Simon & SchusterISBN 978-1-4391-1287-8At the request of Media Muscle The Book Trib a HC was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion. Synopsis (partially from book's jacket): Suzanne has had her own share of troubles to over-come. Left home alone at an early age, she struggled with difficult and distant parents, dealt with heartbreak, became a hard working single mom, a...
  • Book Concierge
    Suzanne Beecher is the very successful founder of, an on-line book club that boasts over 365,000 members. In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a member since 2000 and consider Suzanne a friend, despite the fact that I’ve never met her, though we have exchanged emails more than once. To tell you about the book, I need to tell you about the book club. It works like this: every day, Monday-Friday, you get 5-minutes wo...
  • Bridget
    I had never read any of Suzanne's column at, so I had no idea what to expect from this book. Suzanne is one of the busiest women in the world. In her past, she owned a restaurant, published a magazine, worked with the community and homeschooled her son. Today, Suzanne works in many areas when it comes to books.Suzanne has lived a very full life and she is an amazing writer. Her story brings a fresh new outlook to the life of a ...
  • Brandi D'angelo
    As a scone is to a cup of coffee, this book will be to your life. It is chalk full of heart-warming stories. Some will make you laugh and some will make you cry. I was especially touched by the story about the ornery boy in her home cooking class. He had been sullen most of the time and she wondered whether he’d even show up to the last “Thanksgiving” dinner. Not only did he show up, but he brought her several table ornaments that he had ha...
  • Karen
    This is almost like reading short stories.It is wonderful for short bursts of time to read, just like the subscriptions (free).It is memoir and essay, and just delightful.I borrowed a copy from the public library, and I am sure Suzanne won't mind that a bit. She is a huge fan of libraries.
  • Michelle
    Known for her columns, one chapter into Muffins and Mayhem and the reader gets a clear understanding why Ms. Beecher is so popular. Her personality leaps off of the page, reaching out to readers of every age, shape, and size, and making Muffins and Mayhem a true pleasure to read.Ms. Beecher has such a refreshing outlook on life. Her success is definitely attributable to her ability to take chances and constantly try new things. The reader cannot ...
  • Avid Series Reader
    I've been a member of reading groups for years. What a clever idea, provide just a few minutes' worth of reading each day, allowing us to sample a book from the genre of our choice, then if we like the characters and writing style, we can follow up at a bookstore or library (or download). I enjoy the heart-warming slice-of-life anecdote preceding each DearReader book excerpt, that gives a personal touch from Suzanne each day (or gu...
  • Louise
    Suzanne Beecher has written a real winner! Being one of her faithful followers at her site, I was quite anxious to read this book and I wasn’t disappointed.Sadly, Suzanne has had her share of troubles throughout the years. She left home at an early age, coped with parents who were complex and distant, overcame two addictions, a physical impairment I’d never heard of before and became a single Mom. However, none of this was abou...
  • Chris Mower
    I was perusing the Cooking section of my local library last night hoping for something interesting to read. I took one look at the cover and saw the words "Muffins & Mayhem" and for some reason my interest was immediately peaked. I have never heard of Suzanne Beecher before nor of, but thought I'd take a chance anyway.It's the next day and I've finished it. I loved this book. Suzanne is a columnist and it's easy to see that she wri...
  • Virginia Campbell
    "Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if disorderly) Life" is a wonderful read. It's as refreshing, endearing, honest and unexpected as its delightful author, Suzanne Beecher. I don't know how she does it all, but she does it so well! Suzanne is one of your best friends that you've never met. She is like a favorite relative who adds color and light and amazing scents and flavors whenever she visits! Her book is as funny, sweet, touching and f...
  • Laura
    I impulsively checked this out from the library. It caught my eye with the subtitle; Recipes for a Happy (if disorderly) Life. I'm a sucker for this sort of thing and the cover looked very cheerful. ANYHOW...I would recommend this as a perfect little book to read while lying in bed with a bad cold. It's easy to take up and put down. It's not great literature, but it's charming and funny and oddly inspiring. The author is kind of goofy. She has ha...
  • Carol
    This is a good read. The author, Suzanne Beecher has had a rough start in life. She grew up with neither a close nor nurturing relationship with her mother or father. Her mother was happiest at work, a trait that she passed on to the author. Suzanne was a latch key kid who always had a long list of chores from her mother to complete after school.Early in the book, she discloses that she was only a young teenager when she got pregnant and her pare...
  • Carla H.
    Another book club book, I didn’t care for this one at all. The promo blurb says something about her ‘happy, loving voice’, but I found her voice to be whiny and self-absorbed. She called her childhood ‘difficult’; her parents both worked, and they left her lists of chores to complete when they got home – waaah. She got pregnant as a teenage and her parents didn’t send her away like the parents of a classmate had, so she had to stay ...
  • Abigail (42stitches)
    I've been a subscriber at for about four years now. When I joined, I was not expecting a daily blog. I certainly was not expecting a daily blog that I would actually WANT to read. But that is what I found. even when I don't care for the week's book, I always read the Suzanne's column before I delete the email.When I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. A little slice of Suzanne's column for my book shelf. Yay! I loved re...
  • Geri
    I've belonged to Suzanne's dear reader book club for ages. When she started writting this book she brought all her dear reader people along for the ride. It was quite interesting to learn all the different steps an author goes through to finally get their book out to the public. Suzanne is a very warm and interesting person and is willing to tell us about the good as well as the bad in her life in case it might help someone with their own problem...
  • Colleen Turner
    This was a very good read. The author is open and honest about her difficult and tumultuous life and how it helped her become the writer/wife/cookie baker she is! I wish the author had talked more about her children and her relationship with them (she focuses on her relationship with her parents but not her children) as this is one more aspect that would make her who she is. The book is funny, touching and inspiring for anyone who wasn't sure who...
  • Peggy
    I've been acquainted with Suzanne for several years now. Each weekday she emails me her column with the beginning chapters of a book. I'm in two of her bookgroups. She runs about eleven groups now in different genres. Each week we get to sample a new book."Muffins" is a combination of recipes, a compilation of her columns, and a memoir. Suzanne is an inspiration. She's come through a lot of struggles in her life and all of her readers wish her we...
  • Jo Ann
    Suzanne Beecher, who has an online book club at, wrote this book of reflections about life, food, family, friends, life's challenges. A very good friend sent it to me recently after we talked about my Mom's death in the Fall, and her Mom's health challenges. I'd like to meet Suzanne, who designs book clubs for publishers, booksellers, and libraries...doesn't THAT sound like a great job? Thank you, Ruth: the memories and sharing wil...
  • Bridget
    I've been reading Suzanne's Dear Reader column for ages now; first thanks to the Penfield Library and more recently courtesy of the Marion Library. It was so cool to see her daily columns fused together into longer chapters for her memoir and then combined with relevant recipes. She can touch your heart and then make you laugh right out loud. A really enjoyable read!
  • Linda
    If you receive the Dearreader Bookclubs in your email from the library, you will recognize Suzanne Beecher. It is the story of her life from a troubled teen to a lover of books and recipes. She gives chocolate chip cookies away periodically - mailed to your home... you may want to read this and get on the list!
  • Janice
    I read this book quite fast. It is loaded with fun and recipes, as well as the true story of the author, Suzannne Beecher. Suzanne started an online bookclub that includes many genres where her readers can choose their bookclub of interest and receive email excerpts of the book from Monday through Friday!
  • Marianne Stehr
    I never heard of this woman in my life, I won the book at a library reading event. That being said, I could have easily lived the rest of my life without reading it. It was ok at best. Maybe if you have a better understanding who the author is you may relate more of find it more interesting, to me it was just ok.
  • Denise
    Enjoyable book about her life, complete with recipes. She is the founder of, where you can sign up for daily short readings from different catagories of books, to get an idea if you would like to read the book. I discovered her website through the public library. Her life and memories of her childhood sparked my own memories, which made it a fun read.
  • Glenette
    I laughed out loud several times. Also, wanted to cry at times. I admire the author for all the things she has accomplished as well as the things she has overcome in her life. I enjoyed this book very much.
  • Linda
    I did enjoy this book, especially since I felt a real connection with Suzanne. She is from Wisconsin, moved to Sarasota and had some simialar life experiences as I did. She writes in a personal and friendly manner, with recipes! Thanks, Suzanne!
  • Slone
    I'm a fan, so a lot of this seemed like retread ground from Suzanne Beecher's daily columns, but I love those so this wasn't a hardship to read. She has a very easy-to-read style without a lot of subtext. It only took me two years to get around to finishing this ...
  • Beth
    I am a subscriber to Chapter a Day so I am already a fan of Suzanne Beecher. Although this book was a bit choppy at times and felt like a collection of essays I did enjoy it. I will certainly be making some of the recipes.