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A Fantastic Read | Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer

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I just finished reading Claire Dederer’s Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, and I would recommend you go out and do the same! Claire’s undeniable honesty and willingness to share her life (even the rough and tough parts) with her audience are impressive – I did not want this book to end. Below, find the Poser video and read what others have to say about it:

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Praise for Poser

“This memoir about her decade doing downward dog while raising two kids and trying to keep her marriage alive reads like Eat Pray Love for hip but harried moms . . . funny, well-observed and ultimately inspiring.” —People (four stars)

“Why did Claire Dederer take up yoga? Short answer: for the same kinds of reasons that Elizabeth Gilbert changed her life in ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ and to much the same funny, charming, self-deprecating, stealthily inspirational and (quite possibly) best-selling effect . . . this appealing writer’s first book is long overdue. It’s clear from the start that she will be transformed and find a sensible, spiritual nonsappy way to become a devotee before “Poser” is over.”Janet Maslin, The New York Times

[A] fine first memoir, and it’s heartening to see a serious female writer take such a risky step into territory where writers of literary ambition fear to tread, lest they be dismissed as trivial . . . [What] makes Poser work on a lot of levels is that first in line to ask searching questions and poke fun is the author herself . . . Poser is a powerful, honest, ruefully funny memoir about one woman’s openhearted reckoning with her demons . . . In the hands of a gifted writer, the universal is embedded within the personal. Guess what? Your bad wallpaper made for a lovely book.” —Dani Shapiro, The New York Times Book Review

“‘Poser’ achieves something rare: It’s a contemporary book about yoga that doesn’t leave you squirming . . . The illusion of commiseration here is really just a triumph of truth-telling, of a writer having the courage to confront her limits and sit, uncritically, in the messy present. Like a yoga pose, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be exquisite. —Lewis Mernit, The Los Angeles Times

“[Poser has] the gravitational pull of a good novel and an unusually genuine voice that envelops the reader swiftly . . . Dederer sparkles when introspection is ruthlessthe result reads true and funny.” Kimberly Marlowe HartnettThe Seattle Times

“In any case, Dederer’s book is only tangentially about yoga. It could just as easily have been called ‘How to Be a Perfect Mom, Wife and Daughter in the Uber-Liberal Confines of the Pacific Northwest.’ . . . Dederer proves an effective storyteller. She knows how to set up a punch line, how to foreshadow a big moment, how to create drama out of the everyday bits of a life. Yoga is the catalyst, the act that repeatedly forces her to look inward.” Bill Eichenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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