I wasn't expecting much, just a light fluffy book with some yoga inspiration, and that's what I got. It was fine.
Brathen shares the story of her yogaI wasn't expecting much, just a light fluffy book with some yoga inspiration, and that's what I got. It was fine.
Brathen shares the story of her yoga journey, and throughout the book is very clear and consistent in her message of "love and accept your body, the rest will follow." This would be easier to digest if there weren't, as one reviewer put it, "Sports Illustrated" photos of Brathen in bikinis, on paddle boards, on the beach, next to a waterfall, etc. The photos in the yoga studio of poses are helpful and serve a purpose. But the rest? It's hard to digest the message of "your body is already perfect as it is" that's accompanied by photos of, quite literally, the stereotypically perfect female body. Her message would have felt a lot more genuine to me if she had featured photos of some of her students, different genders, races, ages, and abilities.
This book really resonated with me. As someone who also experienced the very first generation of slut-shaming and cyberbullying (firstname.lastname@example.orgThis book really resonated with me. As someone who also experienced the very first generation of slut-shaming and cyberbullying (email@example.com!), I read her diary with intense interest. I happened to have reread my own middle and high school diaries for the first time this year, and while I can say I was as insecure, dramatic, confused and everything else that Emily was, I was not nearly as articulate. I especially loved the annotations adult Emily put in. Some made me let out a snort of laughter, some were so sad, and most were an incredibly insightful view of how screwed up we are in regards to women's sexuality (and the way we impart that onto young women of today). Highly recommended....more
This was a nice comforting read that doesn't require much attention, but manages to make you feel really good. It's inspiring to hear his views of theThis was a nice comforting read that doesn't require much attention, but manages to make you feel really good. It's inspiring to hear his views of the world and people, and it just automatically makes you want to be a better person. I think this would be a good one for parents of teens, so I'm setting it on my revisit shelf....more
This was an excellent selection of letters, and spanned from the pre-Green Gables days up until Montgomery's death. You get to experience the whole arThis was an excellent selection of letters, and spanned from the pre-Green Gables days up until Montgomery's death. You get to experience the whole arc of her life; through these letters we see Montgomery achieve fame, get married, become a mother, lose friends, and eventually lose her health. It's a very different read from The Green Gables Letters: From L. M. Montgomery to Ephraim Weber 1905-1909, which stops when Montgomery is still in good health and spirits.
I also felt these didn't go as deep into some topics as the set to Ephraim Weber did, but that might just be the selection. Something is missing too, in seeing only one side of the correspondence.
I particularly enjoyed Montgomery's predictions on the future of letters:
In a few generations letters will be obsolete. Everyone will talk to absent friends the world over by radio. It will be nice; but something will be lost with letters. The world can't eat its cake and have it too. And none of these things really "save time." They only fill it more breathlessly full. That may be all right for the young. But I look back to the old '90's with the feeling that they were a nice unhurried leisurely time.
and this, which relates so precisely to our time:
New inventions crowd on each others heels--each more amazing than the last. But the trouble is--no one is happier or better because of them.
I loved seeing the inner thoughts of one of my heroes, and I look forward to the third volume of her letters I have waiting for me. ...more
This book was recommended to me for the hilarious first dates, and it did not disappoint. There was a first date masturbator and a man looking for a lThis book was recommended to me for the hilarious first dates, and it did not disappoint. There was a first date masturbator and a man looking for a live-in maid, to name two. Newman keeps it totally real throughout the book (she pushes masturbation in two different chapters!), and as a larger sized woman she is so much easier to listen to than a waif-like blonde saying how hard it is out there.
I didn't expect to notice or even care very much about the dating parts, but Newman is so charming and funny that I ended up reading those too. I loved her message and bombarded my girlfriend with quote after quote from Newman until she's practically read the whole book by proxy. I recommend this for ladies of dating age, whether you're in a relationship or not. I think it carries a lot of good advice about being real with yourself. ...more