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Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses (Paperback) by Claire Dederer

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Claire Dederer is a critic and journalist who has written for Salon, Vogue, and the New York Times among other publications, and with POSER has produced her long-form non-fiction debut. Dederer captures in witty detail her ten-year journey through learning the various yoga asanas, during which she also comes to terms with motherhood, marriage, her parents' divorce, and her place in a generation that sometimes values "goodness" and political correctness over spontaneity and joy. Dederer takes an unsentimental approach to the practice of yoga that will resonate with anyone who has ever taken a class and felt both challenged and slightly out-of-place among the "true believers."
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Ten years ago, Claire Dederer put her back out while breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love.

Over the next decade, she would tackle triangle, wheel, and the dreaded crow, becoming fast friends with some poses and developing long-standing feuds with others. At the same time, she found herself confronting the forces that shaped her generation. Daughters of women who ran away to find themselves and made a few messes along the way, Dederer and her peers grew up determined to be good, good, good, even if this meant feeling hemmed in by the smugness of their organic-buying, attachment-parenting, anxiously conscientious little world. Yoga seemed to fit right into this virtuous program, but to her surprise, Dederer found that the deeper she went into the poses, the more they tested her most basic ideas of what makes a good mother, daughter, friend, wife, and the more they made her want something a little less tidy, a little more improvisational. Less goodness, more joy.

Poser is unlike any other book about yoga you will read, because it is actually a book about life. Witty and heartfelt, sharp and irreverent, Poser is for anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground.
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Health + Wellness, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Yoga, Personal Memoirs
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Picador USA
Language: English
Street Date: January 3, 2012
TCIN: 13867113
UPC: 9781250002334
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0373
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