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"Yoga Bitch is an unabashedly romantic book, in the very best way--like watching your funniest, most sardonic friend realize that she's head-over-heels in love." --Claire Dederer, Author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Poses

"A smart, funny, and keenly observed travelogue of a modern yogini’s quest for awakening. Yoga Bitch flows like a quirky vinyasa, with each pose just twisted enough to be hilarious." --Anne Cushman, author of Enlightenment for Idiots: A Novel

"Suzanne Morrison has been through the yoga wars, she has the literal scars to prove it, and she's produced a hilarious and thoughtful memoir."--Neal Pollack, author of Stretch

“Brings the higher path down to Earth with refreshing honesty.”--Kirkus Reviews

“Thoughtful, honest, and hilarious.”—Publishers Weekly 

“I love this book. In an era of so much truth telling and blogging and reality shows we forget how well true stories can be told, when they’re in the right hands. Yoga Bitch has sucked me in and made me laugh and made me think about my own spiritual fucked-up state. You had me at 'Do they make you eat your own poop.'" – Lauren Weedman, Author of A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body and former Daily Show correspondent

“Morrison is unflinchingly honest, poking easy fun at herself, her companions, and her surroundings…The lessons from Bali ultimately led her to stop pursuing the life she was supposed to want and start leading the one that nourishes her.” –Patty Wetli, Booklist
 
“Writer/performer Morrison offers a totally different take on the yoga experience…she candidly discusses her issues with meditation, exercise, and relationships.” –Library Journal 

"Yoga Bitch had me hooked. It's a hilarious read by an author who isn't afraid to delve into the messy innards of yoga culture." -Jenny Rough, Whole Life Times

"Morrison's funny riff on yoga and perspective." - Dan Kois, New York Magazine

"[Morrison's] funny and honest discussion about her yogic journey is riveting and revolting, raw and fresh, and immensely enjoyable." -Nancy Alder, Elephant Journal

"Wickedly entertaining yet tragically honest." -Chatelaine.com
 
"Had me laughing out loud at the author’s irreverent commentary by the second page, and, ultimately unable to put the book down until a very un-yogic early morning hour [...] I couldn’t recommend Yoga Bitch more highly." -- Jay Winston, Elephant Journal
 
"Morrison offers a fresh and new voice in the yoga memoirs genre that is one part deeply exploratory and another giggle-inducing." -- Nancy Alder, Yoga Dork
 
“Suzanne Morrison recounts her reformative journey at a two-month yoga retreat in Bali with a sense of humor so wicked it would even make Bikram sweat a little.” –Dorothy Robinson, Metro
 
“Morrison is a funny and engaging writer, at once sincere about her spiritual aspirations and aware of all the clichés they entail.” --Laura Moser, Slate.com

“[YOGA BITCH] is a hilarious, thoughtful and only occasionally profane account of one young woman facing mortality and bad habits head on […]Morrison is whip-smart and irreverent.” - Amy Scribner, Bookpage. 
 

About the Author

A writer and solo performer currently living in Seattle, SUZANNE MORRISON has a one-woman show, Yoga Bitch, which has been called "Ambitious, ballsy, and hilarious" by Seattle Weekly and "New Age Nirvana" by Time Out London. The show has played to sold-out houses in New York City, Maui, Seattle, Memphis, London, and Oxford. Her work has been covered in the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, and in blogs such as yogajournal.com and seattlest. You can find Suzanne at Huffington Post and at www.suzanne-morrison.com, where she writes about absolutely everything she's reading, writing, and rehearsing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Original edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307717445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307717443
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Luciana on December 29, 2011
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I admit that I am not entirely sure what I was expecting out of this book. Maybe I expected too much, who knows. The cover was intriguing, and the first few pages - promising. I will say that I did enjoy the book; it's light, funny, and surprisingly well written for this subject matter. It made me laugh out loud on many moments, and for this reason alone, I heartily recommend it...

However, I'm not sure that there was a lot of introspection on the author's part. It seems to me that she had a minor life crisis, and needed to get out. That's fine, we've all been there. Yet to me she merely replaced one obsession (the boyfriend) with another - yoga, only to replace it all with another boyfriend. Most of the time, I feel she was winging the whole experience, rather than truthfully transcending. I DO recognize the possibility that in the end Yoga does absolutely nothing for the spirit, and that the author is still in process of discovering herself. I just didn't see the growth in her. I don't think she really tried to "conquer skepticism, cynicism, and cigarettes..." I think she just quit in favor of being who she is, faults and all - and that is totally fine.

Accepting yourself, faults and all is a total win -- so why the 3 stars?

Mainly because it ended with a somewhat cliche conclusion - get a man. Even her friend got one in the end. The book reminds me of "Eat, Pray, Love", a lot of soul searching and traveling to absolutely awesome destinations, only to discover the answer was in love. Relationships are GREAT, people - but IT IS very cliche when it comes to a story's ending. It's very...Sex in the City - smart, talented women who don't feel complete until prince charming comes along with all the answers.

It's been there done that.
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I loved this book! I loved it enough to compare it to Eat Love Pray, which was lifeline for me after going through my own divorce and trying to rediscover my own spirituality. I think many readers will identify with this book; people who are attracted to yoga are often on similar journeys.

Yoga Bitch is a wonderful travel-spiritual quest story. Suzanne Morrison is funny, intelligent and very self-aware. She describes her quest in a very sincere and earnest manner, yet she is no fool. She's smart enough to see hypocrisy when it's in front of her. Her commentary is absolutely hysterical--I laughed out loud multiple times.

What I particularly enjoyed is that she's very self-aware. In contrast to Eat Love Pray, she doesn't overly romanticize Bali. She see poverty, sexism, and hypocrisy for what it is and she's not afraid to cry "bull----". In addition while she was struggling along her personal journey, she was self-aware enough to basically say: "Poor me, right??? Here I am in gorgeous Bali on a yoga retreat for 2 months and I'm unhappy. Boo hoo." I loved Eat Love Pray, but I think Elizabeth Gilbert got too wrapped up in her own story sometimes.

All in all, this story was extremely engaging. I find that I want to know more about Suzanne's story. I want to know if she finds "happily ever after"? Is she still in love? Does she ever resolve her spiritual questions? This book definitely goes on my "read once a read" shelf and I anxiously await a second novel!
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Yoga Bitch is one of the funniest and most disarmingly honest memoirs I've read. (And I've read plenty.) Suzanne Morrison avoids the most common mistake of the form, which is to present a persona in place of the person. It's understandable that most authors writing their recollection of a certain moment in their lives will soften the edges a bit, making themselves seem nicer, more clever, more decent. By doing this, however, they render their memories of the past useless. What I want from memoir is brutal self-examination, tempered by wit and intelligence. And this is what Morrison delivers. Every page is both mortifying and enlightening. The entire book is wonderfully written, with meticulous attention to detail and merciless attention to human behavior. Morrison writes as if her life depends on it. And thank goodness, because this is the only kind of memoir from which we can ever learn anything.

If you want to wallow in the exotic travels of an adventurous soul, you can do that. The backdrop is, indeed, splendid. But the heart of this tale is the gradual accumulation of an adult self-awareness. There are the requisite moments of epiphany, but they are quickly deflated and revealed to contain youthful ego and a fair degree of ignorance. That the author is willing to admit these things is refreshing. That she learns from her (often outrageously funny) mistakes is what makes her story amusing, universal, and profound. She is a wise and good person looking back on callow youth with clear eyes and an open heart.

I love this book. I've read it three times and will read it many more. I hope you will, too.
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This book is an easy read in terms of the language and her writing style. I have found in some memoirs about yogic journeys the authors go off on flowery spells that, quite frankly, I get lost in but not in a good way. Suzanne Morrison' frank writing style uses humor, humility, and honesty that allows the reader to step into her shoes and experience what she's seeing first hand.

I found myself saying "I know exactly what that's like" when she talks about her relationship with her teacher Indra, who starts out on a very high pedestal and in the end is seen as perfectly flawed as her students. I giggled many times about the crazy dreams she had about her other teacher Lou. I felt my stomach cramp as she described her bout of Bali Belly. Over and over again I nodded my head to familiarity I felt to her experience.

This isn't an airy fairy account of one yogis journey to enlightenment; it's a balls out real ride to realization flowered with farting, pissing, douching, loving, breathing, laughing, crying, asana-ing, and finding truth.
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