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Book Title: Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude|
Date of issue: August 10th 2010
ISBN 13: 9780062006929
The author of the book: Neal Pollack
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.20 MB
Edition: HarperCollins e-books
Read full description of the books Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude:Neal Pollack calls himself a comic writer. Which sounds better than "fitfully amusing lightweight writer," although that's probably closer to the truth. There are hardly any chuckles here, and even few smiles, given the subject and its potential (whether you practice yoga or not, there IS something funny about contorting yourself into odd shapes in a warm, dark room with a bunch of strangers). But the book moves along agreeably enough, as the 40-something author (a sometime McSweeney's contributor who briefly touches on his falling-out with mastermind Dave Eggers) learns how to do downward dog and other asanas in his journey from sarcastic, out-of-shape schlub to sarcastic, somewhat more fit yogi. There's some padding along the way - his trips to yoga retreats get kind of repetitive - and you'll just have to take his word for it that yoga changed him emotionally, because he seems to adopt the same comic detachment at the end as at the start. But "Stretch" is not a bad read, especially if you're into the subject, and at least he never takes himself too seriously - a yoga hazard, as anyone who's listened to an anusara teacher drone on can attest. So namaste, Neal - the light in us honors your light little book.
Read information about the authorNeal Pollack’s first book, The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, was published in 2000, becoming an (almost) instant cult classic. His debut novel, Never Mind the Pollacks, hit shelves in 2003, and was shamelessly promoted by his band, The Neal Pollack Invasion. In 2007, he published Alternadad, a best-selling memoir. In 2010, Pollack became a certified yoga teacher and published Stretch, a nonfiction account of his adventures in American yoga culture. He has contributed to The New York Times, Wired, Slate, Yoga Journal, and Vanity Fair, among many other publications. Thomas & Mercer published his historical noir novel Jewball in March 2012, and debuted his "yoga detective" novel, Downward-Facing Death, in serialized fiction form in September, 2012. His latest book, a time-traveling romantic comedy called Repeat, will be published in March 2015. He and his wife, the painter Regina Allen, live with their son in Austin, Texas.
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