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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445

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Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer
Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses

JanetE, September 1, 2011

A great read. Funny, smart and compelling account of finding your feet metaphorically and quite literally. Dederer leads us through her negotiations with her body, her husband, her children and her extended family with wit and a clear head, even when describing her sometimes muddled condition. Far more inspiring than any diet and lifestyle guru's how-to, this story of diligent, patient pursuit made me want to move. Dederer is frank about herself and her adventures making a good life for herself and her family out of the building blocks she only comes to fully understand through the prism of yoga. There may have been a bit more yoga fun facts than I sometimes needed, but this is a quibble--her voice is sure and the story well-paced and engaging.
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The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball
The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love

JanetE, September 1, 2011

Dirty Life is Eat, Pray, Love with a funny, self-deprecating narrator and a novel twist on the popular memoir of self-discovery and transformation. An urban journalist assigned to write a little piece on the burgeoning small-farms movement, Kimball gets collared by Cupid in a carrot patch and chucks everything to follow this hunky farmer (my friend says all this book lacks is a centerfold of Kimball's husband) on his quest to feed the people. She sustains an honest, intelligent and hilarious voice throughout her chronicle of leaving behind the world of the agnes b. blouse and the subway for a back-to-the-land life she never knew she wanted, not sparing readers or herself the less-attractive moments of second thoughts and wild missteps. Along the way she clues all of us--wherever we may find ourselves on the spectrum from subway to compost pile--in to the joys and satisfactions and necessities of being involved with what we eat, whether we grow it ourselves or just come to know and appreciate the people who grow it for us. Funny, smart and well-paced. Highly recommended.
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