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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Slight Moisture Damage edition (May 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068483376X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684833767
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SARK, an author, artist, and incest survivor with many years of therapy and self-healing behind her, wishes to shine her "beacon of hope to the world" as she encourages and inspires women of all ages to become "succulent." She defines this as transcending past pains and feeling the freedom of full self-expression. Very candidly she shares the tragic, the glorious, the intimate, and the adventurous in her life, dispensing sage advice and a lengthy menu of readily doable suggestions for arousing creativity and nurturing self-discovery. Bubbly, humorous, and at times just far-out, SARK is enjoyable to listen to. Her program, comprised of passages from her 1997 book of the same title, stories, and anecdotes, belongs in public library self-help collections and also in the hands of men who seek a better understanding of the women in their lives.?Barbara Vaughan, Buffalo State Coll. Lib., N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.


Barbera Sher Author of I Could do Anything if I Only Knew What it Was "Funny, delicious and wise -- Sark makes a gloomy day sunny. Even her handwriting makes me smile."

Julia Cameron Author of The Artist's Way "Sark's gentle and effervescent work is a festive, creative catalyst that throws open a wide and generous gate."

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SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) has been a transformative teacher and leader for over twenty-five years. She has written and created 15 best-selling books, and hundreds of products. She is the founder and CEO of Planet SARK, her company that creates products and services to support empowered living. Call her on the Inspiration Line at 415.546.3742 or visit http://www.planetsark.com

Customer Reviews

And that is one of the reasons why I highly recommend this book.
I gave this book to several women as gifts and all of them have told me how much they love it and many have passed it along or bought copies for their girlfriends.
Get the book...sit on your patio...drink something wonderful and relax and read.

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Tarrani on May 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Several years ago, I received this book as a gift from my cousin. I read it, but found it difficult because it is filled with hand written pages in wildly colored text and includes line drawings that seemingly have no connection to the text. Yet there is magic in this book and style, and in reading it again, I see why the format is important. Sark reveals herself, without fear or shame, much as a child simply tells the truth or writes letters and numbers with a crayon.
There are many topics in this self-help book, so I will only tell a little about a few of them. What I have discovered is that I have implemented more than I realized in the years since I first read this book.
Go out Wildly and Alone. Sark wrote, "My mother taught me not to wait for a man to buy me flowers. She always said, 'Buy your own flowers, too.' ... and I do." This bit of advice also covers buying something for ourselves simply because we like it. I splurged on some new knit shirts to wear with my jeans -- because I wanted them and I loved the colors.
Old, Alone, and Succulent in Sark's words: "We are studying now to be the old women we will be." Getting older is a trick of fate, but being succulent is putting up pink towels because you want them; dancing in the rain (sans clothing) - well that's my idea of succulence; not fearing to throw your head back and laugh. Tonight I walked down to the park so I could swing.
Faces of Intimacy: "Nobody tells us as little girls that we may fall in love and have moments of hating our beloved..." We build many walls in our goals of self-protection, but ultimately the walls create isolation. Break the walls down. Start simple -- for years I have walked up to strangers to tell them that I like their earrings or shirt or tie.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
It was the cover with the dancing images that caught my attention, and then I opened the cover and like a child giggled and read and anxiously waited to get to each new page.
I am being reborn, struggling with fears, wants and desires and this book is a GIFT. Finally a book by a woman who is much like me in many ways. Her sections on Blocks to Succulence and Money and Power are proving to be godsends. I am about to re-read the section on Fear. Her opening statement in the money section "Relax your money is not your life" was an eye opener as I have always struggled to make money. When she spoke of the older woman who was in her 70's (page 48) and the flair she had I couldn't help but think of the late Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude) and how I hope to be like that in my 70's.
On page 51 where she says it is ok to be crabby I laughed so hard. What a true statement. Page 117 is the beginning of her section on the LIES magazines tell us. The damn magazines that say size 12 is BIG and that we must always seek perfection or that most womens <SIC> magazines have the same bloody topics, same lies but differetent Titles each month is or should be enough to get you to throw the damn magazines OUT. Hell even PLAYBOY has nice looking NON Barbie type OVER age 40 women now.
The book is a godsend because it covers food issues, walking, taking time for oneself, dancing, reading, painting, gardening and other everyday pleasures we should take a new look at. The book does NOT tell you how to live you life but simply encourages you to live YOUR life by your rules and not by what others demand.
I guess the author knows the TRUE meaning of "If you do not Love yourself no one else will either".
Now here is a suggestion.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lori J. Ziegler Halt on February 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
I love this book-- it's become my "bible" of sorts! I love the honesty, freedom, delightful humor (I'm talking giggle fits!), color, and creativity that comes spilling forth from its handwritten pages! I love the little notes and pictures in the margins-- I'm even inspired to add my own to hers! I love that she "grants you permission" to read the book in random order, backwards, forwards or upside down if you want to (I read it in random order and backwards!). I love that at the end of each section she has a page full of other resources (books, tapes, newsletters, etc.) on the topic she's been writing about, and even suggestions for music to listen to for inspiration! I love that I've been quoting from it to family and friends since I started it and that I've already ordered 3 more copies for friends! I love that I received it for Valentines Day from two succulent and wild people- my Mom and Dad, and strongly recommend it be given to daughters (mothers, aunts, friends, co-workers, grandmas, etc.) everywhere who need a burst of positive energy and colorful inspiration in their lives! Wow.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By perla on September 12, 2003
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In 2002, I remember speakiing to a group of women in the Philippines at a workshop on women's wisdom. When I told them that there is room in this world for everyone to shine because inside all women are fabulous--- I got a lot of unbelieving looks. A lot of women around the world, even in the United States, don't believe that they've got it in them. And that is one of the reasons why I highly recommend this book. Sark's book is about learning to be a wonder-full woman who is not afraid of life. Here "succulent" is defined with these words: ripe, juicy, whole, round, exuberant, wild, rich, wide, deep, firm, rare, female.
Most women, have been raised up to be quiet and demure---keep your legs closed and your thoughts to yourself....etc, etc. Little do we realize that some of these tenets of femininity have suppressed our full expression of who we are and have prevented us from pursuing our dreams. We need to discover for ourselves how we can live life to the fullest.
This book is fun, wild, inspirational, definitely different and it CAN give you ideas on how you, too, can start to find out more about your fullest self. The concepts that Sark gives in her books, starting with "Succulent Wild Woman" are that women need to live life to the utmost and that they need to love themselves so that they can love others, too.
Here are some more of Sark's ideas that can lead you, too, to be your fabulous self: ...Marry yourself first...promise to never leave you... ...discover your own goodness ...dress to please yourself ...you are enough, you have enough, you do enough ...make more mistakes! And more thoughts on healing, fat, money and power, community, love and romance...
What's more, there's little whining in this book---one of her best ideas is: end blaming...
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