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On Being Human

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On Being Human by Jennifer Pastiloff
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Jun 04, 2019 | 336 Pages
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Advance Praise for On Being Human
“In this candid memoir, Manifest-Station blogger Pastiloff transforms from a troubled restaurant server at a celebrity haunt in Santa Monica, Calif., into a yoga teacher and maven for self-discovery… Readers feeling stuck in their lives will devour this inspiring story of a woman finding her way.”
Publishers Weekly

“This is an openhearted, therapeutic journey that’s perhaps a little like one of Pastiloff’s workshops in book form.”
Booklist

“I devoured On Being Human in one sitting—nodding, laughing and connecting from the first word to the last. Jen Pastiloff is a brave and vulnerable leader whose book will help people take a deep breath, recognize themselves, and understand each other. What more can we ask of a book?”
—Glennon Doyle, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising

On Being Human is beautiful and tender, profound and absorbing. I never wanted to put it down. In writing with such clarity and honesty about her jagged path to becoming, Jennifer Pastiloff has told the story of not only herself, but so many of us. I was consoled by this book and also inspired. On every page I felt the presence and the power of Pastiloff’s brave and gigantic heart. This is a book friends will tell friends they have to read for years to come. It’s an important, enthralling debut.”
—Cheryl Strayed

“This is a memoir at once strong and vulnerable, an absorbing account of Jennifer Pastiloff’s inner life, filled with humor and inspiration and sincerity.”
—Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of Far from the Tree

“Jen Pastiloff is the only human ray of sunshine who could ever make me earnestly consider incorporating unpalatable things like ‘manifesting joy’ and ‘listening’ (UGH) into my life. This book is a treasure.”
—Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty

“This book is a beacon of hope from someone who’s been VERY far away from that beacon but managed to find her way back.”
—Patton Oswalt

“Read this f*cking book. Jen is very much part of the light and the balance that is needed in this world right now. I don’t even know her but I love her. Read this book.”
—P!nk

“Forget everything you know about memoir. Of course this is about the comet that is Jen Pastiloff and how she grew up struggling with deafness, depression, and a wrecked body image to go on and crack open the world’s heart with yoga/writing retreats, a website named The Manifest-Station, and pure love—but honestly, it’s really the memoir of all of us, every single one of us who ever felt I’m not enough, I’m not loved, I’m falling apart, I don’t’ belong here. I was reading this moving memoir while crying, scribbling down sentences and holding onto them like life lines. I’ve got you, Jen says, but the true message of this radiant memoir is nothing short that revolutionary love: we’ve got each other.”
—Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow

“This darkly funny, deeply personal and powerful memoir will speak to anyone who has ever felt outcast: from their bodies, their minds, the world. A must read for human beings.”
—Emily Rapp Black, author of The Still Point of the Turning World and Poster Child: A Memoir

“For self-help fans and seekers of self-empowerment, this is an inspiring memoir with tips for overcoming and maybe prospering from the chaotic or disappointing elements that comprise an imperfect life.”
Kirkus

“Jen Pastiloff is the anti-guru. Rarely will you meet anyone more humble, compassionate and ready to learn. She’s the kind of leader we need.”
—Rene Denfeld, author of The Child Finder

“Listen to me: you’re going to think Jen Pastiloff is your BFF after you read this book because when you’re done reading it you will feel known. No one is better qualified to write a book called On Being Human than this particular human. Having long struggled to accept her own imperfections and struggles, Jen manages to bring these to the page with a humor, heart and generosity that makes room for all of us to be a little kinder to ourselves.”
Elizabeth Crane, author of Turf and The History of Great Things 

“Jen Pastiloff is the authentic voice women need right now. By challenging us to embrace our imperfections she teaches that ‘wellness’ is the process of letting go of ideas that don’t serve us– as well as a radical act of joy. The On Being Human workshop is a radical reset for anyone struggling to become herself.”
Lori Leibovich, Editor-in-Chief of Health

“Especially in these dark times for women, there is actually nothing ‘simple’ about Pastiloff’s radical alchemy. Read this book and feel yourself expand.” 
Gina Frangello, author of A Life in Men and Every Kind of Wanting

“Jen Pastiloff is a rejuvenating supernova! A life force of primal extravagant delight! Frank and funny, she’ll boss herself around and change the rest of us in the meantime.  I’d want to listen to anything she has to say.”
Naomi Shihab Nye, Pushcart Prize-winning poet and author of Fuel and 19 Varieties of Gazelle

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