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How Heather got her HAT'ness back Paperback – October 2, 2015
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About the Author
Heather Costaras (Hat) is an artist, musician and storyteller who has finally made peace with her quirks and the fact that she'll probably never be viewed as "normal". She lives a curious, creative semi-nomadic life with her husband Nick (a filmmaker) and her two children, Morgan & Joah.
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In it, she tells her life story. She grew up with a knack for the zany, but over time, she found herself conforming to others’ expectations of her. In the process, she lost her eccentric ‘Hattiness’, and became a shadow of her former self. What follows is an account of how she came face to face, literally, with whom she’d become, and how she fought her way back to Hattiness.
The most striking aspect of this book is Hat’s honesty. It’s unreserved – and therein lies its rare strength. In a world where so much energy is devoted to covering up an often blemished reality in favour of an Instagram-filtered version of it, Hat’s story is refreshingly authentic. I love that her story doesn’t end with her finally accomplishing the conformist goals that had eluded her for so long. It ends, simply, with her being comfortable and happy in her own skin – perhaps the most powerful victory of all.
It’s a creative, beautiful book, with each illustrated page an artwork in its own right. It will inspire anyone who needs to find their way back home.
Every human being, but especially every woman and girl, should read it
It is about finding yourself again after letting yourself get lost in the expectations of others - something I bet all of us have done to some extent or another
The artwork, also done by Costaras, is gorgeous. The book is a pleasure to just look at and i find myself paging through it regularly, just looking at the pages