Jan 11, 2011

Enlightenment for Idiots; A Novel, Teaser Tuesday

Enlightenment for Idiots: A Novel
Teaser Tuesdays asks you to choose two sentences at random from your current read. Identify the author and title for readers.

"Lie down on your backs and close your eyes," I instructed my students, as I walked among them handing out silky eyebags stuffed with flaxseeds. "Let the weight of your body surrender into the embrace of gravity."  (yoga class, p. 20)

from Enlightenment for Idiots: A Novel by Anne Cushman
Goodreads book description: "Nearing age thirty, Amanda thought she’d be someone else by now. Instead, she’s just herself: an ex-nanny yogini-wannabe who cranks out “For Idiots” travel guides just to scrape by. Yes, she has her sexy photographer boyfriend, but he’s usually gone—shooting a dogsled race in Alaska or a vision quest in Peru—or just hooking up with other girls. However, she’s sure her new assignment, “Enlightenment for Idiots,” will change everything; now she’ll become the serene, centered woman she was meant to be. After some breakup sex, she’s off to India to find a new, more spiritual life.

What she finds, though, is an ashram run by investment bankers, a yoga master who trashes her knee, and a guru with a weakness for fashion models. She escapes a tantra party at the Taj Hotel, has a nasty argument outside the cave where the Buddha used to meditate, then agonizes through the ten-day silent retreat that’s supposed to make her feel better.

No, India is not what she had pictured. But she finds a friend in Devi Das, a redheaded sadhu who refers to himself as “we.” And when a holy lunatic on the street offers her an enigmatic blessing, Amanda realizes a new life may be in store for her—just not the one she was expecting." (Goodreads)


  1. A bit different than the yoga classes I've tried... Granted, they've been all Power Yoga classes, so more swetting and less meditation. The blurb sounds pretty interesting, hope you're enjoying it!

  2. Sounds like it might be a funny read.

  3. This sounds so interesting...You got me curious with this book. :)

    Sharing you with my teasers.

    Happy Tuesday!

  4. This sounds good and what a lovely cover!

  5. Sounds relaxing! You can find my FEVERED teaser at The Bookish Snob

  6. Great teaser! Sounds like a fun book. Who knew yoga could be so exciting?

  7. The teaser sounds relaxing. The book sounds like it could be fun.

  8. After reading your teaser and the blurb I'm really curious about this one. Thanks for dropping by Calico Contemplations.

  9. here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/teaser-tuesday-high-spirits-tale-of.html

  10. This sounds like an entertaining read!

  11. This sounds like it might be a really fun read!

    Thanks for visiting my teaser.

  12. I could use some relaxation like this.


  13. Sounds very relaxing and might be a good read.

    My Teaser Tuesday

  14. Happy Teaser Tuesday!
    My teaser is here
    Please check out and comment on my interview with a wonderful nonprofit 'Mom to Madre' that helps spread literacy to families and helps mothers adjust to differences in their lives when going from one language to another! Thank you!

    Emma Michaels

  15. This sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by!

    Katie @ Novel Society

  16. Sounds interesting! I wish that I got to meditate during my current classes :)

  17. It's hard to resist a book with a title like that.



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