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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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Yoga of Heart by Mark Whitwell
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Mark Whitwell’s Yoga of Heart is an insightful book that looks at yoga from a Tantric perspective instead of a strictly classical one. Although the editing of the book leaves something to be desired, the content of the book is more ripe and full than...more
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Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
Lucy
by Jamaica Kincaid
read in March, 2008
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This book was a great example of the old writing professor adage, "Consciousness can be action." The reader is planted firmly in the mind of Lucy, a 19-year-old au pair from the West Indies whose working with a family in New York City.

From the first...more
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A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
A Year in the Merde
by Stephen Clarke
recommended for: Ex pats
read in January, 2008
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My boyfriend bought me this book for Christmas, because I'm a closest Francophile. I'd never heard of it, so I was skeptical at first. But a few pages in, I was hooked. Paul West is a British ex pat living in Paris. Clark paints him as kind of a clue...more
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The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar
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This book was on the reading list for my yoga teacher training. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it. It's a great introduction to the other branches of yoga, especially if you thought yoga began and ended with postures.

It's easy to read, which...more
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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat, Pray, Love
by Elizabeth Gilbert (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2008
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I liked this book despite myself. Given some of the annoying people I'd seen reading it, and the author's almost flippant tone at the beginning of the book, I'd made up my mind not to like it. I figured I'd suffer through it in the name of research....more
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Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
Veronika Decides to Die
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Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell
recommended for: thinkers
read in October, 2007
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I love this book. If you like thinking about your thinking, you will love this book. Gladwell really tries to nail down something that's hard to define. Whether you call it thin-slicing, or intuition, or gut reaction, it's interesting to spend time t...more
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Dharma Punx by Noah Levine
Dharma Punx: A Memoir
by Noah Levine
recommended for: everyone
read in September, 2007
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As recovery memoirs go, this is a good one. It's got the badboy anarchist vibe, a la James Frey, but it's actually a true story. One thing that's great about it is that it shows Buddhism in action, in practice. Although some moments seem contrived, f...more
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