started 4/3/07 finished 4/16/07
Do I do yoga? No. But I read everything I can on it. I know a lot about it. I can tell you which kind is best for you. One day I will do yoga (and exercise and eat better). You may now Bikram yoga as “hot yoga”. They turn the heat in the studio way up. Bikram feels that your joints loosen up more. Bikram loves himself and his cars. Bikram has trademark his set of yoga poses and has the yoga community in an uproar. Bikram probably refers to himself as Bikram.
New England White by Stephen Carter
started 4/5/07 finished 5/26/07
This book was long as hell, but no word was wasted. I waited five years for this book to come out after being blown away by Carter’s first novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park. Although this is a mystery, you don’t even care if it is solved, because the characters (and there are lots of them) are so rich and interesting. Carter has a firm grasp on the communities that we are apart of and their specific intricacies: college campus hierarchy, the Boule‘ type black male power group, the Jack & Jill black bourgeoisie, the New England small town working class. Stephen Carter may well be the Tolstoy of our time.
Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style by Tim Gunn (duh!)
started 4/12/07 finished 4/22/07
I count myself among an elite group known as the home sewer. That means that I make my own clothes. That means that when I watch Project Runway I am not watching for the same reasons as you. Yes, I like the reality show drama, but I also like to watch people sew and empathize. I teared up when I saw Michael’s Pam Grier hot pants. I knew that whipping them up was not an easy feat. And I like Tim Gunn. And I like Tim Gunn’s book. As I stated in an earlier post, it is not the best fashion book for me. But if you don’t need a rudimentary lesson on classic style, knock yourself out. I am a little unnerved about him using his own name as the title, though. I wonder if he does Bikram Yoga.
started 4/22/07 finished 5/3/07
Another anticipated book. The sequel to Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office. I think these titles are pretty self-explanatory. They are the tales of a high-maintenance, highly paid executive who loses it all gradually after losing her job. Although her arrogance makes you initially not want to sympathize with her, her insanely sarcastic humor will draw you in.
The Beck Diet Solution by Judith Beck
started 4/22/07 finished 4/29/07
Another day. Another diet book. I checked this book out from work, but I really wanted to buy it. Unfortunately I was low on funds at the time (perhaps I should be reading more money books). Judith Beck’s father created Cognitive Therapy and she has followed in his footsteps. She applies those principles to weight loss. There is no diet to follow. You can use whatever eating plan you want – Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, whatever. Beck focuses instead on our thinking patterns based around food. Very plausible program.