On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard (Dutton Books)

Jennifer Pastiloff, whose work has been featured on Good Morning America, New York Magazine, Health Magazine, and CBS News, didn’t intend to become a yoga teacher, but now she teaches sold-out workshops all over the world. After years of feeling depressed, anxious, and hopeless, she found a path to healing her own heart by caring for others, and though that path started with yoga, it ended up somewhere Pastiloff could never have anticipated: with the creation of a distinctive experience that allows her workshop attendees to let go, feel deeply, speak honestly, and form lifelong networks of love and support.

In her inspiring and profoundly honest memoir, On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard, Pastiloff, creator of the workshop On Being Human and founder of online magazine The Manifest Station, tells her life story, one that is at once captivatingly personal and astonishingly universal.

Pastiloff shares the transformative experiences and challenges that have shaped her into the resilient, passionate woman she is today, including losing her father at an early age, battling an eating disorder and depression, reluctantly accepting her hearing loss, discovering the healing power of yoga, writing, and human connection, and learning to believe in herself and her ability to help others. She explores how thirteen years of waitressing taught her to seek out unexpected beauty, how hearing loss taught her to listen fiercely, how being vulnerable allowed her to find love, and how imperfections can lead to a life full of wild happiness.

Through her journey, Pastiloff conveys a powerful experience that most of us are missing in our lives: being heard and being told “I got you,” a sentiment that now lies at the core of her work. Her bold yet relatable ideas have won her a loyal social media following and thousands of devotees who often travel across the globe to attend her workshops and retreats.Exuberant, beautifully written, and extraordinarily brave, On Being Human is a celebration of happiness and self-realization over darkness and doubt.

Praise for On Being Human 

On Being Human is beautiful and tender, profound and absorbing. I never wanted to put it down. In writing with such clarity and honesty about her jagged path to becoming, Jennifer Pastiloff has told the story of not only herself, but so many of us. I was consoled by this book and also inspired. On every page I felt the presence and the power of Pastiloff’s brave and gigantic heart. This is a book friends will tell friends they have to read for years to come. It’s an important, enthralling debut.”—Cheryl Strayed

“Jen Pastiloff is the only human ray of sunshine who could ever make me earnestly consider incorporating unpalatable things like ‘manifesting joy’ and ‘listening’ (UGH) into my life. This book is a treasure.” —Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty

“This book is a beacon of hope from someone who’s been VERY far away from that beacon but managed to find her way back.” —Patton Oswalt

“This darkly funny, deeply personal and powerful memoir will speak to anyone who has ever felt outcast: from their bodies, their minds, the world. A must read for human beings. ”—Emily Rapp Black, author of The Still Point of the Turning World and Poster Child: A Memoir

“Listen to me: you’re going to think Jen Pastiloff is your BFF after you read this book because when you’re done reading it you will feel known. No one is better qualified to write a book called On Being Human than this particular human. Having long struggled to accept her own imperfections and struggles, Jen manages to bring these to the page with a humor, heart and generosity that makes room for all of us to be a little kinder to ourselves.” —Elizabeth Crane, author of Turf and The History of Great Things

“Especially in these dark times for women, there is actually nothing 'simple' about Pastiloff’s radical alchemy. Read this book and feel yourself expand.” —Gina Frangello, author of A Life in Men and Every Kind of Wanting

Jennifer Pastiloff travels the world with her unique workshop On Being Human, a hybrid of yoga-related movement, writing, sharing aloud, letting the snot fly, and the occasional dance party. Jennifer is a frequent contributor to SHAPE Magazine, including SHAPE Escape at Miraval Resort and the Women Run the World initiative, and she has been featured on Good Morning America, New York Magazine, Health Magazine, CBS News, and others for her unique style of teaching, which she has taught to thousands of women in sold-out workshops all over the world. Jen is also the guest speaker at Canyon Ranch, and she leads Writing and The Body workshops with author Lidia Yuknavitch, as well as retreats with Emily Rapp Black. Founder of the online magazine The Manifest-Station, when Jen is not traveling she is based in Los Angeles with her husband and son and a cup of coffee, but her heart is still on the east coast, where she was born.

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the award winning memoir The Chronology of Water (recently optioned by Kristen Stewart) as well as the bestselling novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, which won the Oregon Book Award. The Misfit's Manifesto is her book based on her TED Talk, The Beauty of Being a Misfit, which has received over 2.6 million views. She is the founder of the Corporeal Writing Workshops and lives in Portland, Oregon with her filmmaker husband Andy Mingo and Their Renaissance Man son, Miles. She is currently working on a new novel as well as a new nonfiction book. She is a very good swimmer.

Jennifer Pastiloff photo by K.T. Chick


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