Yiddish Yoga : Ruthie's Adventures in Love, Loss, and the Lotus Position

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-13
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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A poignant and funny tale written in the voice of Ruthie, a recently widowed New York City Jewish grandmother, who accepts her granddaughter¿s gift of a year¿s worth of yoga lessons with surprising results. A Jewish Bubby like Ruthie doesn¿t necessarily come to yoga with the most open of minds. But when her granddaughter Stephanie gives Ruthie a year of yoga classes soon after she is widowed, she doesn¿t want to risk offending her. Ruthie is skeptical of yoga and its promise of renewal, healing, and transformation. She can¿t resist poking fun at some of the new words and rituals, often translating the foreign language of Yogic philosophy into the familiar idiom of her native Yiddish culture. As her journey progresses from week to week, subtle transformations occur. In spite of herself, Ruthie forges new paths, new postures, and unexpected friendships, slowly overcoming her grief. Written as a monologue, Yiddish Yoga is a poignant, witty, and human story of love in its many expressions¿between granddaughter and grandmother, between an older woman and her younger yoga teacher, between a widow and her husband of fifty years. As Ruthie learns to let go of the past without forgetting, she shows us how to embrace the present with new vigor, strength, and courage, and above all, makes us laugh. This small-format gift hardcover features New Yorker cartoonist Mort Gerberg¿s original illustrations, and glossaries of Yiddish and yoga terms.

Author Biography

Lisa Grunberger's poems have been published in numerous literary journals, and she often performs original poetry and performance pieces in NYC and Philadelphia. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School and has been teaching yoga classes for many years. A native New Yorker, she now lives in Philadelphia. Yiddish Yoga is her first book.

Mort Gerberg's cartoons have appeared regularly in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Playboy, and Publishers Weekly, and The Huffington Post. Voted Best Magazine Cartoonist of 2007 by the National Cartoonist Society, he has also written, edited, or illustrated 40 books for adults and children, most recently editing Last Laughs: Cartoons About Aging, Retirement...and the Great Beyond (Scribner). He lives in New York City.

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