Yoga Books and Some Other Great Reads

December 15-22

img_6858-1The Bhagavad Gita and Myths of the Asanas. OK, these are just in for this week’s reading because I was studying them as part of writing papers for my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. They are both books I will be keeping around and revisiting, for grounding in the yogic traditions, and for ideas for developing themes for classes and life in general. If this is your kind of thing, these are good editions—clear and easy to read.

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens was a great read—an unexpected treasure. It’s the story of a young man struggling against the odds to make something positive of his very challenging life. He’s assigned to write a biography of someone else, and finds an ailing just-released convict who agrees to speak with him. New people in his life bring new perspectives to this protagonist, and all the storylines are unique and compelling.

I found Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi on the new books shelf at the library, and snapped it up—having seen it on a ton of best-books-of-2016 lists over the past month or so. All those callouts were well deserved. Well-written stories that follow families down through the ages always pull me in, and this one did that beautifully–featuring real, tormented, fascinating humans as they move across the world.

The only book gift at our Yoga Teacher Training holiday party Yankee Swap, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson was fiercely coveted and stolen twice. Fortunately, I was the lucky last thief recipient. The gift giver suggested that the first chapter or two might be a struggle, but that it was worth persevering. She was right: I stayed up most of one night reading it, then finished it during my train commute into work. I was laughing so hard on the train it was embarrassing, but I kept right on reading. Lawson describes her unusual family life and her own interesting mental states with great details and humor. I promptly ordered copies of this for two family members and I hope they enjoy it as much as I did. (I also mailed the book to the first person from the group who opened the gift.) I am now following Lawson on Twitter, and generally planning to read everything she has ever written—but saving those reads for days when I need a good laugh.

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