Balancing Acts: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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A poignant debut novel about the transformative powers of yoga and friendship for four women on the verge of realizing their dreams

With beauty, brains, and a high-paying Wall Street position, Charlie was a woman who seemed to have it all—until she turned thirty and took stock of her life, or lack thereof. She left it all behind to pursue yoga, and now, two years later, she's looking to drum up business for her fledgling studio in Brooklyn. Attending her college's alumni night...

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Balancing Acts: A Novel

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Overview

A poignant debut novel about the transformative powers of yoga and friendship for four women on the verge of realizing their dreams

With beauty, brains, and a high-paying Wall Street position, Charlie was a woman who seemed to have it all—until she turned thirty and took stock of her life, or lack thereof. She left it all behind to pursue yoga, and now, two years later, she's looking to drum up business for her fledgling studio in Brooklyn. Attending her college's alumni night with fliers in tow, she reconnects with three former classmates whose post-graduation lives, like hers, haven't turned out like they'd hoped.

Romance book editor Sabine still longs to write the novel that's bottled up inside her. Once an up-and-coming photographer and Upper East Side social darling, Naomi is now a single mom who hasn't picked up her camera in years. And Bess, who dreamed of being a serious investigative journalist a la Christiane Amanpour, is stuck in a rut, writing snarky captions for a gossip mag. But at a weekly yoga class at Charlie's studio, the four friends, reunited ten years after college, will forge new bonds and take new chances—as they start over, fall in love, change their lives...and come face-to-face with haunting realities.

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Publishers Weekly
Fishman strikes the right balance in her warm-fuzzy debut of rekindled friendship and self-empowerment. When four women who'd gone to college together run into each other at an alumni mixer, an instant bond is formed as Charlie convinces Bess, Naomi, and Sabine to join a beginner yoga class for just the four of them at her Brooklyn yoga studio. During the six weeks of class, the foursome proves to be easy to relate to as each discovers the strength to overcome some obstacle in their life. Bess has hard news aspirations, but is stuck peddling celebrity news at a gossip rag. Single mom Naomi has shuttered her photography career for better-paying Web design work. Sabine has worked at the same publishing house since graduation, shelving her desire to be an author. And though Charlie has taken the leap from her Wall Street career to business owner and yoga instructor, she's weighed down by the hurt left by an ex-boyfriend. It's perfectly adequate if not especially distinguished from the trove of other books of female friendship, bonding, and weathering the vicissitudes of life with a little help from a hobby. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061985287
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 94,957
  • File size: 687 KB

Meet the Author

Zoe Fishman is the author of Balancing Acts and Saving Ruth. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Amazing

    Such an inspiring read as a fellow yogi! Loved this book and really connected with the characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Owlheart

    Comes in with pandakit on his back and rosekit and gingerkit held by the scruff. He sets them down by frogstar and they start to sucle immediately. "Hey frogstar. Um...we need rpers for rosekit and gingerkit. We have a rper for pandakit though." He looks down at the kits and sees that they were opening their eyes. "Welcome to fishclan my kits. I am your father owlheart and this is your mother frogstar. I love you all very much." He licks each kit between the ears and also frogstar. Then he leaves to go hunt for his clan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    What a great book!

    This book is such joy to read! It's very relatable and I enjoyed each character immensely. I felt as though I was sitting with friends talking about life with every page. And the humor Zoe brings to certain characters makes it feel so real. I truly hope there are more books to come! :)

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    entertaining

    I truly enjoyed Balancing Acts. It was relate-able, fresh, and entertaining. I finished it in two days since it was unable for me to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2010

    A new refreshing voice

    Fishman nailed the first time. A great novel filled with timeless womens' issues presented in a new perspective. Forget about old roles and embrace the now by balancing what you have.
    The characters are lovable, relatable and friend material, you could easily identified with one or all four ladies. Take a reality check and enjoy the story.
    You get involved so much that you want to keep reading to find out what is going to happen next. But at the same time you do not want to say goodbye to these new friends.
    Such a delight to read. Perfect for a summer at the beach.

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

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    entertaining tale

    The four women graduated from Boston University ten years ago. They knew one another other, but would not consider themselves close friends. Each had dreams. Charlie was going to own wall St; Naomi was going to be a famous photographer; Sabine was going to write great novels; and Bess was going to be a famous investigative reporter.

    They meet at the ten year college reunion in Manhattan. Charlie left Wall St. to open with partners Julian and Felicity a yoga studio in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn; Sabine edits romance novels; and Bess writes for the celebrity gossip tabloid Pulse. None are happy though Charlie is probably the closest even with her studio in financial trouble she has boyfriend issues. She invites the three other grads to come to Brooklyn for yoga; they agree and over six weeks of an introductory class all four realize their lives are unbalanced; becoming true friends each tries to bring some balance to their lives.

    Though sisterhood bonding is not a new concept, Balancing Acts is an entertaining tale as each of the four women face their issues over the six week yoga course and soon form a tight bond that helps each balance responsibilities and rekindle burned out dreams. A superb support cast enhances the audience's understanding of the quartet. Readers will root for each one of the leads to balance their respective acts as these likable females soon are there supporting one another.

    Harriet Klausner

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