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Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude
Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude
by Neal Pollack
Edition: Paperback
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snarkiness, Searching for Best Self, September 5, 2010
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Neal Pollack's humor tends toward the snarky, with a very sharp eye for the foibles of contemporary culture. After getting trashed by a New York Times book review for looking doughy and having thinning hair, he experiences a bit of personal crisis. He's no Saint Augustine, and the depths of his angst are toward the shallow end of the pool. He starts doing yoga at a 24 hour fitness center, and discovers that he likes it and it seems to do something a bit more worthwhile than tone his abs. He begins to suspect that yoga might help him reconnect with his best self, an entity which he hasn't seen since his less sophisticated youth, before becoming an edgy writer.

Along the way, he explores many of the wacky and creative versions of yoga in the United States, including an overly severe vegan style in New York, and yoga rave music. He settles on a more traditional school, ashtanga, and eventually studies with a serious, renowned teacher overseas. His humor is often funniest, though, when it's turned on himself, including some silly but entertaining sessions with a chiropractor, problems with barfing, and the mandatory flatulence-at-yoga scene.

Pollack has a keen eye for the American yoga scene and understands well the different schools of yoga study and practice. We root for him as he stumbles on his enlightenment road, although he never seems to recognize that doing marijuana through a vaporizer is probably not auspicious practice. Namaste, Neal.


Hiking Kentucky (State Hiking Series)
Hiking Kentucky (State Hiking Series)
by Michael H. Brown
Edition: Paperback
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Guide to Kentucky Hiking, January 21, 2002
Michael Brown's new book on hiking in Kentucky is a well-written, highly informative addition to the short library of must-have books on the outdoors in Kentucky. He's hiked all the trails described himself, and provides good detail with small maps in the book, and GPS coordinates as well. He's a former reporter for the Courier-Journal, and it shows in the clear, engaging prose.
I field-tested the book this weekend with a hike in the Rockcastle Narrows. The descriptions and directions were fully accurate, and the book described clearly some of the route finding challenges on this particular trail.
Highly recommended.


Mindfulness in Plain English
Mindfulness in Plain English
by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarity and Utility, July 24, 2000
As the other reviewers have noted, this book is clearly written, very practical, and very encouraging. It is a fine nuts-and-bolts manual for meditators, without the baggage of excessive references to Eastern teachings which sometimes bog down other texts. Have no doubt, it is profoundly Buddhist in its approach -- this becomes especially clear at the end.
Without question, the best single book on meditation I've found.


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