The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life

W. W. Norton & Company
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How physical and emotional grace lead to connection and fulfillment.

Grace has long been taught as essential to civilized living. The Three Graces—goddesses of charm, beauty, and creativity—exemplify ease and harmony with one another and the world around them. But what has happened to this simple, marvelous concept of being at ease in the world?

With warmth, humor, and an ever-perceptive eye, Sarah L. Kaufman sifts the graceful from the graceless, celebrating heart-catching moments of physical elegance in sports, movies, dance, fashion, and music; rare sightings of celebrity grace; the secrets of gracious hosts; and grace found unexpectedly, in the kitchen of a high-end restaurant and among strippers in a basement bar. Kaufman’s thought-provoking reflections on these physical and social acts of grace offer hope for even the clumsiest, most awkward among us.

Guided by the muse of Cary Grant (with further inspiration from Smokey Robinson, Roger Federer, Nelson Mandela, Margot Fonteyn, Amy Purdy, Beyoncé, and others), Kaufman illuminates the importance of grace in the small moments of everyday life. In The Art of Grace, she inspires us to walk taller, spend time on unnecessary kindnesses, and celebrate the grace notes in our lives and those of others.

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About the author

Sarah L. Kaufman is the dance critic of the Washington Post, where she has written about the arts, sports, and culture for more than twenty years. Her many journalism awards include the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. She and her husband have three children and live in Takoma Park, Maryland. The Art of Grace is her first book.

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W. W. Norton & Company
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Nov 2, 2015
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Performing Arts / Dance / History & Criticism
Self-Help / Personal Growth / General
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