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The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life (Paperback)
"Sarah Kaufman offers an old-fashioned cure for a modern-day ailment. The remedy for our culture of coarseness is grace…This is an elegant, compelling, and, yes, graceful book." —Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive
In this joyful exploration of grace’s many forms, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Sarah L. Kaufman celebrates a too-often-forgotten philosophy of living that promotes human connection and fulfillment. Drawing on the arts, sports, the humanities, and everyday life—as well as the latest findings in neuroscience and health research—Kaufman illuminates how our bodies and our brains are designed for grace. She promotes a holistic appreciation and practice of grace, as the joining of body, mind, and spirit, and as a way to nurture ourselves and others.
About the Author
Sarah L. Kaufman is a Pulitzer Prize–winning critic, author, and educator. She is the dance critic and senior arts writer of the Washington Post. A former French-American Foundation journalism fellow, she has taught and lectured around the country. She and her husband have three children and live in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Thoughtful and inspiring.
— Sarah Archer
A meditation on the serene agility—of both body and mind—that can lift us up when we’re down.
— Cathleen Medwick
Both joyful and directive, a celebrity-packed collection of observations and a manual for easing anyone’s way through the world. It’s a book with a message, delivered with calm command.
— Cathy Lynn Grossman
Part love letter, part cultural commentary, and wholly a joyous exploration of the essential trait of grace, from ancient Greece to the golden age of Hollywood.
— Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post and author of Thrive
This is a truly eloquent book… Sarah Kaufman paints a charming, dignified portrait of a lost art.
— Adam Grant, professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and author of Give and Take
As a dance photographer, I have considered myself an expert on the art of grace. Not anymore. Sarah Kaufman has set the gold standard by which I will judge all future subjects.
— Jordan Matter, photographer and author of Dancers Among Us
Sarah Kaufman has nailed it: she has detected precisely what it is that has changed us so for the worse… Her book is itself most graceful, and ever knowing.
— Frank Deford, NPR sports commentator, and author of Alex: A Child
This thoughtful meditation will stay with me for a long while. Sarah Kaufman’s thoughts on the rare virtue of grace are both inspiring and uplifting. Humanity at its finest is merely what she is offering here, and we could all use a bit more of that in our lives.
— Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic