The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life

W. W. Norton & Company
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"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.

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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.

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Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
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Published on
Nov 2, 2015
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9780393243963
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Language
English
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Genres
Performing Arts / Dance / History & Criticism
Self-Help / Personal Growth / General
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