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Succulent Wild Woman

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This book is my glowing invitation to you -- to live a rich, succulent life! I explore love, sexuality, romance, money, fat, fear and creativity. It's a little bit like reading my diary -- with permission. Succulence is powerFull! and so are we as women.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 2nd 1997 by Touchstone (first published 1997)
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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
I love all of Sark's books. I feel like she is my friend:) Sort of how I feel about Annie Lamott.
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
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...more
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...more
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
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 3 of 5 stars
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.
Joanna Vaught
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.
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.
Callie Carling
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!
Tanya Crockett
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.
Can all books be written like journals and with pictures and doodles and lots of colors, please?!?
Ola Watad

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...more
Sep 21, 2008 Patti rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Jen Francis
This book and I did not get on. Felt like I need to wear tie dye and hemp and be quirky to appreciate its message, which was ultimately just plain irritating. Perhaps there's also a cultural difference too between the American and British approach to the self, where us Brits take the sideways, ruminating approach more comfortably than the direct approach to get the same ending. Found the descriptions of 'succulent' women rather unhelpful really, whilst I agree with some of the authors suggestion...more
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
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
Rena Searles
Don't be fooled by the "coloring book" appearance of the graphics - this is a seriously wonderful book! Healing and affirming, this little tome celebrates our human-ness, our woman-ness, in a deeply spiritual format. Beautiful!
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
This was a very unique book! In fact, it is the first book I've read that was not in the default "book font" that is commonly expected when you open a book! The book, instead, used the author's own handwritten script and illustrations. I've always wanted to publish a book, but I almost always use a pen and paper and not a computer. Therefore, my books, poems, and stories rarely ever make it to the computer to be published. Since I read this book I'm actually pondering the possibility of leaving...more
I just started this book last night, and so far I'm loving it. The spontaneous nature of the text, which is all hand-written, along with the hand-drawn illustrations and watercolors is marvelous.


Okay, I finished it. What a wonderful read! I love the honest place she comes from. It is vulnerable and powerful. I recommend it to most women; I think some won't be ready to accept her with all her flaws. Somehow, I think readers sometimes expect those who write books in this genre...more
I enjoyed this book. I probably would've given it 3.5 stars, if that was allowed. Sark is candid and full of things to say. At first I found the handwriting off putting, I am used to structure and typed literature, but by the end I overlooked it and appreciated the creative drawings, and flow of the book itself. I really liked Sark's matter of fact straight forwardness. I liked the reminder to be who you are, to write in journals, to appreciate life. I couldn't realate very well to all the diffe...more
Even though Ive heard of these types of books being refered to as "fluffly pet your own inner artist blather", I just have to say some of us still NEED that permission to pet our inner artists and i for one will always welcome new ways of how to do just that. A delightful rompish silly book that makes you smile and wish you had crayons and colored pencils and watercolor paints at the ready. Quick, read it and make something fun before the feeling passes and the dingy real world throttles you bac...more
I am not the type of person who aspires to being a succulent wild woman. I'm looking forward to dried up old crone, actually.
Thank you to my dear aunt and father who introduced me to SARK. This book is extremely uplifting, fulfilling and thoughtful. I am really thinking about the words and inspirations and challenges that SARK poses to me, the woman. I am completely inspired with creativity and courage. This book invites one to look at how we view ourselves, others and other important topics in our life: money, sex, creativeness, inspiration, self-esteem, self-love. I hope that SARK helps, influences and encourages ot...more
This is great. Almost as great as her image of the world we live in.
Margaret aka serenityblue Jackson
Introduced to me by my sister Amanda and this woman changed my life. I try to keep them as pc but sometimes I get friends that are way too serious and I end up giving them away:) Why do we have to give up childish play, games and imagination and colour just because we are grown up women:) I really do walk around blowing bubbles in the park and I write poetry and quotes on mailing envelopes and draw pictures and put on stickers. You have no idea how this inspires me to write snail mail letters in...more
Teena in Toronto
It is indeed like reading SARK's diary ... it's her honest thoughts and ramblings in her handwriting (printing?) along with doodles.

I first read this book in the summer of 2001 and enjoyed it. It's a fun reminder that we should figure out who we are and love ourselves, surround ourselves with friends and be creative.

"I believe that these circles of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we're weak and sing with us when we're strong." SARK
Michelle Ricciardo
"Plant an impossible garden, and see what grows!" That thought still occurs to me decades later. I live in the Mojave Desert, so many things will not grow. However, it is worthwhile even in apparent desolation to give anything a try. I have, in fact, planted impossible gardens in these years since. I read this book when my daughter was very young. It makes you think before you give them a standard learned answer to their question, "Why not?" Yes, exactly...Why, not?
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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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