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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402211910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402211911
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A long-time, nationally touring comedian and contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, first-time author Goodman manages to slip an improv-inspired free-for-all format and a good dash of humor into the self-help genre, making a winning and creative volume that will help the shy, the fearful, and the controlling to loosen up and enjoy life. Each of twelve chapters covers a concept such as "Be Open & Flexible" or "Allowing Imperfection"; Goodman explains the concept, provides anecdotes from her work (some are helpful and sincere, others seem to have been pulled off her publicity brochure) and encourages self-exploration with writing, drawing and doing exercises. Goodman's advice is helpful for small issues, such as controlling self-doubt: "Our Inner Critic is trainable. Think Young Frankenstein singing 'Puttin' On the Ritz.'" Broader advice, however, may seem more appropriately applied to stage relationships than to real ones. Still, Goodman's quirky, thoughtful approach and breezy tone should give wound-up readers some new ways to relax, relate and think about their lives.
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"Life: none of us get out of it alive, so isn't it worth it to find ways to be ourselves, and enrich our lives at the same time? Katie wants us involved in the process and in Improvisation for the Spirit gives us the tools to construct the authentic self. An excellent read and resource.

" - Curled Up With a Good Book

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Many ticks above the usual self-help book.
Kate Alcott, author of 'The Dressmaker '
She is so talented and for those of us who are not able to attend her workshops or shows in person, this book helps us scratch that itch in a most satisfying way.
L. Lipsky
This book is really lively and full of extremely helpful ideas.
Cynthia J. Friedman

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cloe Logan on October 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
This lit up my spirit even in the face of my 401K! It's just terrific. I'm one of those people who has always wished I could come up with the right response, the quick retort and be a lot more spontaneous in my life. After reading this book, someone in my office was really snarky. Instead of waiting three days to think up a response, I just let it rip! And I'm practising all the lessons in the book with my kids too. She really does show you how to do it, with a lot of wit and courage.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kate Alcott, author of 'The Dressmaker ' on October 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
What a fresh, chock-full-of-good-ideas,common sense book! Katie Goodman tackles so many of the everyday worries that drag us down, injecting all the humor and wisdom gleaned from her improv work onto every page. She certainly put a little more bounce into this reader's step. It is a challenge to live a spontaneous, mindful life, and Goodman offers a delightful, funny guide. Many ticks above the usual self-help book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Lipsky on April 20, 2009
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Katie Goodman has risen to the occasion just beautifully! To be able to translate her incredibly brilliant, creative, insightful self into written word which fills this book up spectacularly...bravo! She is so talented and for those of us who are not able to attend her workshops or shows in person, this book helps us scratch that itch in a most satisfying way. It's a truly engaging read and while it will definitely make you laugh, it will also give you real, concrete tools for getting through everyday challenges in a way that will benefit you and those around you.
I've recommended it to countless friends and colleagues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Motivated mom on January 11, 2013
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I teach improv in middle school. Adults are constantly asking me to teach improv to them because they would like to be more spontaneous in their lives. They are feeling stuck/ uncreative/ uninspired /sad and would like to "break free". I am now putting together a class for them and this book will be my guide. It takes you through every creative exercise that would be useful to adults wanted to stir up their creative juices and just have fun.

If you are unable to get to a class with others - this book brings the class to you!
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By Amazon Customer on February 1, 2011
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Really great book!

Katie writes in a great, warm voice that's very encouraging. She also uses meditation and psychology practices to aid in your development.

Highly enjoyable reading that prompts you to be introspective and figure out why you do what you do.

I teach Improv for Life workshops and this book does much the same thing. (Except for physically making you get up and do games and exercises.)

Good stuff!
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