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Succulent Wild Woman

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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  8,321 ratings  ·  245 reviews
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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Alyssa
My supervisor 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
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Phyllis
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
Trish
I love all of Sark's books. I feel like she is my friend:) Sort of how I feel about Annie Lamott.
Cwilson466
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
Leah
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
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Julie
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
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Evie
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
Julie Ehlers
Yeah, I've read this. Deal with it.
Lisa
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 sad...it's REAL. I dare you to not find something in t ...more
Michelle
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.
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.
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.
Cheryl
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.
Leah
Can all books be written like journals and with pictures and doodles and lots of colors, please?!?
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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
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Jenny
A light book that tries to be playful and falls flat but still contains some insightful material. I bought it years ago when I needed a pick me up and read it recently. My biggest reservation is that this book discounts women who are good at math and can work in traditionally male fields like engineering by saying that art is the only way to fully realize your potential as a woman. There is a lot of creativity in technical fields.
Christina
Took me a few pages to get used to reading a handwritten book with lots of doodling and coloring. It was a fun, honest book and I truly believe the author wants the best for all women. It would be nice to have a job you love and wear pajamas all day but then it wouldn't be a job. I love my hobbies and feel if I had to rely on them for income I wouldn't enjoy them as much.
Catharine Bramkamp
SARK is SARK - Another "classic" writer on writing that is hard to resist. The book, her blogs and her newsletters will help you play and tap into your creativity, or not. Some find the work life changing, some just find it fun. I like her work very much, and I love her attitude. Sometimes her missives of hope and fun are just the messages I need in my in box!
Michelle
I loved this book. "Succulent Wild Woman" was a pleasure to read. The artwork alone is enough to capture your imagination. SARK encourages women to be brave, independent, and to truly enjoy each minute of life. This is the book to read to enlighten, and rev up your spirit!
Patti
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
Mary
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
Lexi
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!
Cheryl
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
Kate
Loved it. Empowering, fun, colourful. A marvelous way to look at ourselves in our world. A book to look at from time to time on a rainy day that inspires, nurtures or supports to just BE ourselves.
Lindsey
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
Lia
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.

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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
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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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