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HEAL YOUR ANCESTRAL ROOTS

RELEASE THE FAMILY PATTERNS THAT HOLD YOU BACK

A compelling, spirited guide that aims to help readers understand who they come from.

A memoir and New Age self-help guide explores how the traumas of past generations affect present families.

“In this book, I will give you a glimpse into an invisible world,” writes Dayal-Gulati, an Indian-born economist-turned–energy healing practitioner. That world, she says, is one’s “family energy field,” also called “family karma”: an intangible, ancestral link that influences living people of today with the merits and faults of their forebears. Framed this way, everyone lives with the legacies of past generations and can’t unburden themselves from unprocessed trauma without confronting the past; family curses are very real, the author asserts, but can also be broken. Dayal-Gulati’s book is divided into four parts (“Healing My Roots,” “Healing Tools,” “Understanding Your Family Energy Field,” and “The Journey Home”), across which she shares her personal story of spiritual growth and guidance, her advice on the application of healing tools such as flower essences, and tips on how to achieve peace by accepting and honoring one’s ancestors. She peppers the book with anecdotes from her client work as a trained energy practitioner as well as her own life story of moving from India to Europe and finally to the United States while citing therapists, anthropologists, and the work of Carl Jung to effectively contextualize her approach. There are journaling questions, exercises, and guided prayers throughout, with which the author encourages readers to make better use of the book’s principles: “What if the emotions that keep you prisoner may not be your own?” The prose is lively, if sometimes overly optimistic, with ample queries and exclamations that give it a conversational feel. However, one will need to have knowledge and access to their immediate and extended families to fully benefit from this book and practice the rituals it recommends. Dayal-Gulati, who notes that she is not a trained therapist, is also upfront about the parameters of her work, noting that “most of my advice here is for those whose parents were not abusive,” and she recommends seeking the help of licensed professionals for complex trauma.

A compelling, spirited guide that aims to help readers understand who they come from.

Pub Date: March 21, 2023

ISBN: 978-1-64411-774-3

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Findhorn Press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 26, 2022

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TANQUERAY

A blissfully vicarious, heartfelt glimpse into the life of a Manhattan burlesque dancer.

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A former New York City dancer reflects on her zesty heyday in the 1970s.

Discovered on a Manhattan street in 2020 and introduced on Stanton’s Humans of New York Instagram page, Johnson, then 76, shares her dynamic history as a “fiercely independent” Black burlesque dancer who used the stage name Tanqueray and became a celebrated fixture in midtown adult theaters. “I was the only black girl making white girl money,” she boasts, telling a vibrant story about sex and struggle in a bygone era. Frank and unapologetic, Johnson vividly captures aspects of her former life as a stage seductress shimmying to blues tracks during 18-minute sets or sewing lingerie for plus-sized dancers. Though her work was far from the Broadway shows she dreamed about, it eventually became all about the nightly hustle to simply survive. Her anecdotes are humorous, heartfelt, and supremely captivating, recounted with the passion of a true survivor and the acerbic wit of a weathered, street-wise New Yorker. She shares stories of growing up in an abusive household in Albany in the 1940s, a teenage pregnancy, and prison time for robbery as nonchalantly as she recalls selling rhinestone G-strings to prostitutes to make them sparkle in the headlights of passing cars. Complemented by an array of revealing personal photographs, the narrative alternates between heartfelt nostalgia about the seedier side of Manhattan’s go-go scene and funny quips about her unconventional stage performances. Encounters with a variety of hardworking dancers, drag queens, and pimps, plus an account of the complexities of a first love with a drug-addled hustler, fill out the memoir with personality and candor. With a narrative assist from Stanton, the result is a consistently titillating and often moving story of human struggle as well as an insider glimpse into the days when Times Square was considered the Big Apple’s gloriously unpolished underbelly. The book also includes Yee’s lush watercolor illustrations.

A blissfully vicarious, heartfelt glimpse into the life of a Manhattan burlesque dancer.

Pub Date: July 12, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-250-27827-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2022

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LOVE, PAMELA

A juicy story with some truly crazy moments, yet Anderson's good heart shines through.

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The iconic model tells the story of her eventful life.

According to the acknowledgments, this memoir started as "a fifty-page poem and then grew into hundreds of pages of…more poetry." Readers will be glad that Anderson eventually turned to writing prose, since the well-told anecdotes and memorable character sketches are what make it a page-turner. The poetry (more accurately described as italicized notes-to-self with line breaks) remains strewn liberally through the pages, often summarizing the takeaway or the emotional impact of the events described: "I was / and still am / an exceptionally / easy target. / And, / I'm proud of that." This way of expressing herself is part of who she is, formed partly by her passion for Anaïs Nin and other writers; she is a serious maven of literature and the arts. The narrative gets off to a good start with Anderson’s nostalgic memories of her childhood in coastal Vancouver, raised by very young, very wild, and not very competent parents. Here and throughout the book, the author displays a remarkable lack of anger. She has faced abuse and mistreatment of many kinds over the decades, but she touches on the most appalling passages lightly—though not so lightly you don't feel the torment of the media attention on the events leading up to her divorce from Tommy Lee. Her trip to the pages of Playboy, which involved an escape from a violent fiance and sneaking across the border, is one of many jaw-dropping stories. In one interesting passage, Julian Assange's mother counsels Anderson to desexualize her image in order to be taken more seriously as an activist. She decided that “it was too late to turn back now”—that sexy is an inalienable part of who she is. Throughout her account of this kooky, messed-up, enviable, and often thrilling life, her humility (her sons "are true miracles, considering the gene pool") never fails her.

A juicy story with some truly crazy moments, yet Anderson's good heart shines through.

Pub Date: Jan. 31, 2023

ISBN: 9780063226562

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Dey Street/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Dec. 5, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2023

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