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Succulent Wild Woman

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Succulent Wild Woman
Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 2nd 1997 by Touchstone (first published 1997)
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Aug 25, 2014 Alyssa rated it it was ok
A friend lent me this book because she said it reminded her of me. I know she meant it - and I took it - as a compliment, and there are a some good ideas and thoughts within. But I have a few issues.

For one, my brand of feminism is that every woman can choose what her best life involves without judgement or criticism. You do what makes you happy, I'll do what makes me happy, and we'll be nice to each other and supportive and authentic.

Maybe a woman can't/won't/doesn't have the means/doesn't fe
Nov 23, 2008 Trish rated it really liked it
I love all of Sark's books. I feel like she is my friend:) Sort of how I feel about Annie Lamott.
Feb 02, 2012 Phyllis rated it it was ok
I have a sickness for lifestyle manuals for women, and this is no exception although I am really embarrassed to have this book on my shelf and I have an entire section of HINTS FROM HELOISE in my home library, so that's saying something. I genuinely enjoyed parts of this, but a lot of it made me groan with all the mid 90s excesses. I do not want to eat a mango naked and let the juice run down my arms sensuously while I lie in a hammock, actually. The body image section is especially musty and fu ...more
Joanna Vaught
Jul 23, 2011 Joanna Vaught rated it really liked it
Sark was my favorite inspirational writer as a teenager, and I just revisited this one and was surprisingly pleased by how well it held up. Sure, she is a lot more hippy-dippy, new age-y than I would want were I to discover her writing now as a 33-year-old, but rereading her distinctive voice was like discovering an old letter from a beloved aunt: familiar, comforting, inspiring, only a wee bit cringe-inducing.
Mar 19, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love books like this! Makes me love being a woman.
Tanya Crockett
Jan 17, 2009 Tanya Crockett rated it it was amazing
Anything written by SARK will make you feel like a fantastic person, cheer you up from your deepest sorrows, and make you want to dance in the rain.
Jun 15, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Nothing like a little SARK to brighten one's day! I absolutely adore her work. Every time I read one of her books I end up laughing, crying, and feeling inspired to live bigger and brighter. Her books are accessible, down-to-earth, and enjoyable even for those who don't typically read "self-help" type literature.

This book in particular is a wonderful celebration of female experience. I'd recommend it to all the women in my life (and some of the men!). I was especially touched by her section on
Jun 01, 2009 Cwilson466 rated it liked it
If you are a free spirit, uncomfortable with structure, then this book is for you. I don't happen to be a free spirit, and structure is what makes me comfortable. This is why I only gave the book 3 stars. There are certainly insightful and thought-provoking quotes in this book, and if one is suffering from feeling "not good enough" then this book could be very useful. But you should know what to expect. Basically, this is a composition of relatively unrelated thoughts by a woman who has obviousl ...more
Jan 25, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I can't remember how I stumbled across this author/motivational speaker. Maya Angelou might have mentioned her somewhere; she writes a blurb on the book: "we, in this world, and this weary old world itself, have a great, gaping need for SARK. Let's call for more and more SARK to fill every child's book bag and each attache case." It is hard to describe her books, but I can say I always need to write something in my journal after reading her because she makes me think, think differently about mos ...more
There are essentially two kinds of responses to life that cut across the usual divisions.
You can retract yourself, or you can let yourself go. If you want a juicy life, you might have to accept that the way to go is not always entirely rational. If you like your life to be under control, you might not care for this approach.
Certainly there are times when restraint is advisable.>>>>>Ultimate safety lies in the acceptance of safety as an illusion. p39

That said, we are free to expe
Jun 12, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
Thank goodness I followed Sabrina Ward Harrison's advice and checked this book out from the library!

You, like me, might look at the cover of this book and think, "Oh man. That looks totally cheesy." But you'd be wrong. (Okay, it's a little cheesy.) When I woke in the middle of the night, worried about this and that, and decided to flip through for lack of anything better to do, I was immediately grateful this book exists. Everything by the gallon!

Do yourself a favor and find this book in one of
Oct 27, 2009 Evie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, 2009
I think it is true: self-help is masturbation. That being the case, this book really got my rocks off. It is handwritten with doodles and bits of colour and it's very light hearted and whimsical. Written by an amazing woman named SARK, it's almost like reading her journal in which she shares her little ways of making the most of life and seeing beauty in all things. I love it, and I'll forever keep it and read it again and again, passing it along to the passionate women that I love. I know I hav ...more
Sep 22, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This should be mandatory reading for all women. There are few books that I read again and again, but Succulent Wild Woman is one that I come back to with a new perspective each time; as life changes, different passages jump out at me. SARK knows how to appeal to the artist, the little girl, the vulnerable human, the "power-full" woman, the fresh-faced teen, and more in each of us. It's so personal, honest, joyous, bittersweet, optimistically's REAL. I dare you to not find something in t ...more
Sep 19, 2007 Michelle rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who needs a pick me up
I liked this book for several reasons...i actually think I should read it again soon! It is great for a little self-esteem booster. It is also a great reminder that you don't need to look like a twig in order to be attractive or to feel good about yourself. At times it was a little uncomfortable (when talking about sexually related things, they weren't odd or anything, just not something you consciously think about), but you get over that pretty quick.
Dec 20, 2008 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I wish I could give it 3.75 stars, lol. There were parts I *really* liked and thought everyone could profit from. However, the new-age aspects were a little over the top at times for my tastes. I love her illustrations, use of color and especially the joy that flows from the pages. The handwriting is a tad hard to read at times but it's nowhere near as difficult to read as some of her other books.
Catherine Green
This book basically advises women on how to quash their 'inner critic' and how to release their 'inner goddess' or 'succulent self.' The words that SARK writes are very practical, and make perfect sense when you read them. You just never think of things in such a way normally. This book helps us to look past our social conditioning, and reach out to our spiritual roots, leading to happier, richer, more exciting lives.
Callie Carling
Jan 16, 2011 Callie Carling rated it it was amazing
Loved this book enormously - I love SARK's humour, her appreciation of the smaller things in life which most people gloss over and the fact she makes you realise you ARE SIMPLY AMAZING! Should be required by reading by all teenage girls in their last three years at school!
Oct 04, 2013 Leah rated it it was amazing
Can all books be written like journals and with pictures and doodles and lots of colors, please?!?
Julie Ehlers
Jun 16, 2015 Julie Ehlers rated it really liked it
Yeah, I've read this. Deal with it.
Jan 14, 2016 Fran rated it it was amazing
A pleasure to read. Reenergizing and positive. Now I want to go out and start a fun and funny new journal - maybe I can be a writer.
Jan 25, 2017 Emily rated it really liked it
SARK has experienced many ups and downs in life and shares lessons she's learned while teaching us in youthful drawings and explanations. She reminds us to have fun even as adults by indulging in what makes us happy, encouraging expressive dancing, and hosting grown up slumber parties. These are important points to be reminded of as we age. I do find it funny that she quotes herself throughout the book!
Natalie Acosta
Nov 30, 2016 Natalie Acosta rated it it was amazing
A true inspiration to be a succulent, wild woman!
Oct 18, 2016 Tori rated it liked it
Someone sent me this book in a "chain letter" type thing on Facebook. It's a book I wouldn't have purchased for myself, but was kind of fun.
I was attracted by the book’s crayon-coloured, hand-written scrawls and doodles … not to mention the title. Not often the word succulent enters my vocabulary, especially applied to humans. Sark oozes free-spirited rapture in life as she diarizes/confesses her own past pain and urges every one to find the creative path that will light her interior spark. In her exuberance, though, I thought she didn’t allow for individual differences and was somewhat repetitive and prescriptive as she projected h ...more
Feb 14, 2017 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: sacred-feminine
Ehhh? It just wasn't the format for me. The information contained was pretty good but I am to ADD to get through this format well.
عُلا وَتد
May 25, 2012 عُلا وَتد rated it it was ok

First of all, it's written in handwriting! With colors and some doodles, so if you're a right brainer you'll fall in love once you see it, left brainer not that much…

It felt like reading a personal journals or diary… the writer didn't hold anything back! She talked about EVERYTHING… love, money, fears, creativity, fitness… everything!

It was lovely…
But all along, I felt like something was wrong, something is missing….
I mean, everyone has his own fears, his own shadows, his own illness to be
Nov 21, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing
I forget how much I enjoy reading Sark's books until I read one and again find myself smiling, relaxed, and feeling a little more free and a little less alone in the world. I hadn't read this one in years and still found myself picking out little bits of inspiration that I didn't remember noticing before. I would recommend this to anyone who has not read any SARK and wants to get an idea of who she is and what she creates.

I do think this book is best enjoyed lying down somewhere, with a glass o
Mar 28, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing
A book that will inspire every woman to embrace her fabulous self and love her imperfect parts. Parts of the book just make you laugh and it's like why the hell couldn't I have said it that funny by just saying it they way it is. I like that this author handwrites her books in what appears to be crayons. Kudos to her! Also, I recommend a bottle of wine, a bag of dove chocolates with the inspirational messages written in the foil wrapper, a hot bubble bath and a high lighter to tag the parts that ...more
May 16, 2013 Lexi rated it it was amazing
SARK is absolutely my new favorite. I have before never smiled throughout an entire book. This was so fun, and so appropriate to read at this time in my life. Some of Sark's ideas seemed a little "too much" for me, and as the one who's normally deemed "too much" among friends, that's saying something. But it was delightful. I enjoy how she unabashedly pushes the envelope, loves it, and dares others to try. This should be required reading for every 20-year-old; old enough to have roadmapped the s ...more
Sep 21, 2008 Patti rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People exploring a succulent life, creative people
I went to see Sark several weeks ago, and had a wonderful time. She's an amazing, joyful person, who want all women especially, but men too, to lead full lives that are open to all possibilities, letting go of the limitations that society wants to put on us. This book is also somewhat biographical, incorporating some of the pain that Sark has gone through to come to her joy and creativity. In some ways, this can make the book also a self-help book, but the message of living a full, succulent, jo ...more
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SARK (a.k.a. Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is an American author and illustrator of self-help books. Five of her sixteen books have been national bestsellers, and she has sold more than two million copies of her books.

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