This was a fairly short book about how Rachel came to the yoga lifestyle. She had gone through some things in her childhood that made her act out in her teenage years. She does talk about that time and then how she came to find yoga and what it did for her life.
This book is interspersed with photographs of poses, instructions, and recipes. Rachel began posting her photos on Instagram @Yoga_girl and earned a huge following of people. She not only posted photos of her doing yoga but she also wrote a lot about her life struggles.
This was a good read and I gave it 4 crowns.
I picked this book up at the Dollar Tree and then found it on Overdrive to listen to in my car. I had no expectations going into this book since I had no real idea of what it was about.
This is a story about a woman who grew up in a household in which all of the past generations of women on her maternal side have dies early due to cancer. Amy has always known that she was a high risk for ovarian cancer and had a plan to have children and remove her ovaries by a specific time in her life.
This sounds like a morbid book but it really was more about the familial bond and the love and survival skills that each woman in Amy’s family have. Yes, it was heartbreaking but it was also empowering because each woman could decide for herself what the best thing for their family would be.
I liked this book and it was well written and entertaining. I know that sounds weird to say that a book about living with a cancer risk is entertaining but it wasn’t all about that. It was about life.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
|So technically, I did not finish this book with less than 100 pages left to read but she made me so mad that I don’t care. I don’t understand how someone who is supposedly such a wonderful yoga instructor could be such a down right mean person. She is into fat shaming others and her own beliefs about her body image are so poor. Like I mentioned in my update, she mentioned the name of her yoga studio 3 times in the first 50 pages and the constant name dropping of celebrities pissed me off.
What made me give up on finishing this book is when she was talking about her mother’s caretaker. When she says that she never saw her eat, “and we all know that is usually a sign of secret bingeing” I was done. How does she know what is going on in this woman’s life. She reinforced a stereotype on this woman who spends 12 hours a day caring for her ailing mother. I am just so mad at this woman.
To me, she should be ashamed of herself and I would never support her as a yoga instructor.
I did not give this any crowns but wanted to put it on my blog because I wanted to warn my readers as to the crap that is this book.
This was a fun read. Suzanne has a way of bringing the reader along with her on her journey. I could imagine the scenes that take place in Bali and I can feel the tension and then release of it after a good yoga session.
It reminded me a bit of Eat, Pray, Love but had more humor and less food. This was a good read but to be completely honest, I don’t remember too much about it and I finished reading it exactly 1 week ago.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
It has been a few weeks since I read this graphic novel and I am sorry to say that I can’t remember anything about it. It was not memorable in any way. I think while I was reading it , I was just trying to get through it.
I am struggling with finding graphic novels that I enjoy. Maybe this genre isn’t for me but I will keep trying to see if anything clicks.
I gave this book 1 crown.
Craig suffered a major blow to his life when the economy collapsed in 2008. He lost everything; his job, his house, his ability to truly care for his daughter…gone. He lived in his car for 6 years trying to get some version of his life back. He didn’t move to another state because he wanted to be close to his daughter. He needed to be a phone call and a short drive away.
I thought Craig’s story was a sad one. I can’t imagine not having a place to sleep at night. What I didn’t like was the political rage that was exhibited in this book. I am not saying that I was a supporter of the Obama presidency but I was a bit surprised at the blatant resentment shown. I get that Craig was hurt by the policies and procedures of those terms but I didn’t really want to hear about it. I was also angered about the way he spoke of government assistance programs. They were designed to be used in situations like his. I do not believe that if he accept support that he would become lazy and not continue on his path to a better life. Yes, the system itself is a mess and it allows for people to take advantage of it. However, for those who honestly need it, it is a blessing.
What this book needed was a good editor. There were many parts of this book that were repeated and revisited using the same words. I was wondering if I had flipped back in the book accidentally. I found a lot of grammatical errors and that just made me feel as if this was rushed to publication.
All in all, I understand the therapeutic process of writing about these years. Craig did suffer and his daughter did as well. I just had a hard time relating some of the decisions that were made.
I gave this book 2 crowns.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Description from the Publishers through Netgalley:
A beautifully written food memoir chronicling one woman’s journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the intoxicating world of New York City fine dining—and back again—in search of her culinary roots
Before Amy Thielen frantically plated rings of truffled potatoes in some of New York City’s finest kitchens—for chefs David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten—she grew up in a northern Minnesota town home to the nation’s largest French fry factory, the headwaters of the fast food nation, with a mother whose generous cooking dripped with tenderness, drama, and an overabundance of butter.
Inspired by her grandmother’s tales of cooking in the family farmhouse, Thielen moves north with her artist husband to a rustic, off-the-grid cabin deep in the woods. There, standing at the stove three times a day, she finds the seed of a growing food obsession that leads her to the sensory madhouse of New York’s top haute cuisine brigades. But, like a magnet, the foods of her youth draw her back home, where she comes face to face with her past and a curious truth: that beneath every foie gras sauce lies a rural foundation of potatoes and onions.
Amy Thielen’s coming-of-age story pulses with energy, a cook’s eye for intimate detail, and a dose of dry Midwestern humor. Give a Girl a Knife offers a fresh, vivid view into New York’s high-end restaurants before returning Thielen to her roots, where she realizes that the marrow running through her bones is not demi-glace but gravy—thick with nostalgia and hard to resist.
I completely loved this book. Along the lines of Ruth Reichl and other foodie books, Amy has mastered the art of descriptive writing. I read sentences aloud to my husband because the details were making my mouth water.
This isn’t just a book about cooking and food, it is about her life and the interesting ways in which she lives. Not many people, let alone ones with a passion for cooking, would be able to live off the grid and still be content and thrive.
This was so good and I didn’t want it to end. I gave this book 5 crowns.
I received an E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.