Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses ~Claire Dederer
I first heard about this book at one of my book groups. Jane came in the door waving a copy of the book and said, “I want to share with you this book my sister in Seattle just gave to me. It is all about growing up in Seattle and about a young woman discovering her authentic self through yoga; it is quite funny.”
I turned on my Kindle and we went to the site and I reported that the book was $26.00 in hardcopy and $12 in Kindle, and while the group debated about the book being too expensive and no used copies yet, I downloaded it to my reader. (The book has dropped in price now and is available in paperback)
I just knew this book was going to be “my cuppa tea” kind of read even though there were a lot of references to the Seattle Coffee reputation being built and contributed to by the author. This is a record of a person’s life and how she made changes and came to terms with being whom – who she authentically was – is. The author is another Change Artist in Action. She tells her story through the framework of 23 yoga poses, which she explains well and then lets them breathe into how they defined the times of her life.
There is definitely something about letting gravity work in a yoga pose that calms the mind and allows ideas and thoughts to bubble up into consciousness and identifies what they need to work on, what to turn into play – inquiry and investigation.
Dederer is a journalist and works as a freelance writer and her skill is delightfully punctuated with sly sarcasm based/ tongue in cheek sense of humor. Her views of the “perfect” mother syndrome of her friends starting families, breast feeding and stroller distancing problems (got to wear that baby around your neck to truly bond) just made me feel so much happier with the “post hippie” parenting mode I experienced and carried my own children through. I just had to laugh right out loud at times in the story.
The author did a great deal of questioning about her own parents and even though she was questioning in relationship to her own needs, wants, and confusions her writing and storytelling was very respectful of their journey. This book is kinda, sort of about divorce. I do not think the author felt unloved, rather I think she felt “over” loved sometimes, if that is possible.
Her descriptions of various yoga styles, studios, and practices were wonder full. The drawings that started each chapter were delight full. Her words about getting into poses, holding, breathing, and recovery made me feel, “been there and done that”; I was so happy that she was reminding us to breathe along the way.
The book group went ahead and chose the historic novel Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth, which is a huge tome of greatest, detailed storytelling about the slave trade I would ever want to encounter. It won the Booker Prize for its brilliant writing and its historic relevance. I read the book and will discuss it this week at group, but I will not do a book review on site, because I do not write about books I do not care for; I did not care for READING this paperback book – of 630 pages on tissue paper with extremely small print, which made my eyes hurt and act as though I had an astigmatism. The details of how a slave ship was built, detailed, and modified overwhelmed me and since other good friends adore these types of detail, who am I to give this book a rating?
I purchased these books, no agency or individual paid me to review this book or not to review the Hunger book, but if you purchase this book off this site I will receive a few beans in my bucket.
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A reminder: there are two book” give aways” happening on Patricia’s Wisdom right now:
April 22, 2011 will be the drawing for a copy of the book THE LONG GOODBYE – all you need to do is be from the USA or Canada and leave a comment.
April 28, 2011 The author of the book THE PROCRASTINATION EQUATION is giving away a copy to the best procrastination story or anti-procrastination technique from the comments section.
Can you recommend a book to me that you discovered and enjoyed? Have you made any delightful discoveries as of late? Did you just decide to read something on a whim or suggestion that turned out well? Let’s share