Archive for September, 2011

Poser: my life in twenty-three yoga poses, by Claire Dederer

September 27, 2011

[Lesley]  This has been on my to-read list for a long time and it was worth the wait.  Dederer writes about family life and the pressures on it from the outside in a very conversational, down-to-earth, and funny way.  Her stories about liberal moms in Seattle during this time period all wearing the same shoes (Dansko clogs) and looking down on people who use strollers were hilarious.   One of her friends followed her child James “as he waddled around the house, offering him organic snacks.”   Dederer decides to try yoga and it both makes her the same and different from others in her community.  She is able to use yoga to mirror her feelings about perfection (and not reaching it) as a mother and a wife, her frustrations with her extended family (did I mention that her parents separated when she was small, never divorced even though her mother lives with her long-time boyfriend, and now the three of them hang out at Dederer’s house and gush over her baby), and a search to get to her core.  Even if you haven’t ever tried yoga (and Dederer tries several different types, vinyasa, hatha, bikram/hot) I think there is a lot to identify with in this memoir.  And, Elizabeth Gilbert is dead-on in her blurb: “…it is very difficult to find books about yoga that aren’t incredibly annoying.”  This one definitely isn’t.

Available as an audiobook on Libby/Overdrive and Hoopla.

Poser - Audiobook