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Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses


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ISBN13: 9781250002334
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Ten years ago, Claire Dederer put her back out while breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love.

Over the next decade, she would tackle triangle, wheel, and the dreaded crow, becoming fast friends with some poses and developing long-standing feuds with others. At the same time, she found herself confronting the forces that shaped her generation. Daughters of women who ran away to find themselves and made a few messes along the way, Dederer and her peers grew up determined to be good, good, good—even if this meant feeling hemmed in by the smugness of their organic-buying, attachment-parenting, anxiously conscientious little world. Yoga seemed to fit right into this virtuous program, but to her surprise, Dederer found that the deeper she went into the poses, the more they tested her most basic ideas of what makes a good mother, daughter, friend, wife—and the more they made her want something a little less tidy, a little more improvisational. Less goodness, more joy.

Poser is unlike any other book about yoga you will read—because it is actually a book about life. Witty and heartfelt, sharp and irreverent, Poser is for anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground.

About the Author

Claire Dederer's essays, criticism, and reporting have appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Yoga Journal, Real Simple, The Nation and in newspapers around the country. She has taught writing at the University of Washington. A fourth-generation Seattle native, she lives with her family on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound.

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Bren ZF, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Bren ZF)
This is a "quiet" book that doesn't have any shocking climax, but it has stayed with me. I've bought several additional copies as gifts for friends. Yes, it's about yoga, but it's really about life and relationships. Beautiful, comforting & thought-provoking.
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LDP, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by LDP)
Less about yoga and more about trying to make sense of life, Poser offers Claire Dederer's wry observations about family and the struggles of the self. The author uses self-deprecating humor as she opens her personal history to explain how she reached this moment of being a not-young young mother and stressed-out writer, and why yoga lures her with its promise of calming her angst-y soul. A funny and poignant memoir, Dederer's Poser strings together words in beautifully unexpected ways.
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blackman, September 17, 2011 (view all comments by blackman)
As a newcomer to yoga practice, I adored this memoir of Dederer's yoga journey. Told with humor, tenderness and self-mocking, this book is not predictable, but full of surprises. Anyone who has tried or enjoys yoga will love this book.
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Dederer, Claire
Picador USA
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