The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life

The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life

by Sarah L. Kaufman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393243956
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/02/2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.20(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Body Electric xiii

Part 1 A Panoramic View of Grace

1 Flair to Remember: Why Cary Grant Epitomizes Grace 3

2 Grace Among Others: Jay Gatsby, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Other Good Hosts 24

3 Grace and Humor: Maggie Thatcher, Johnny Carson, and My 105-Year-Old Highball-Sipping Great-Grandmother 34

4 Grace and the Art of Getting Along: How the Baby Boomers Derailed Centuries of Manners Instruction 47

Part 2 Looking at Grace

5 Superstar Grace: Lessons from Motown 77

6 Everyday Grace: Cooks, Waiters, and Roadies 91

7 Grace in Art The Sculptor Who Set the Body Free 105

Part 3 Grace in Action

8 Athletes: Roger Federer, Olga Korbut, and Others Who Play with Ease 117

9 Dancers: The Grace of Transcendence 145

10 Walking With Grace: Catwalks, Crosswalks, and Presidential Bearing 164

Part 4 Grace under Pressure

11 The Pratfall Effect: Stumbling into Grace 183

12 Working at Grace: Lessons from Vaudeville 188

13 "To Become Unstuck": Finding Grace despite Physical Difficulties 194

Part 5 Understanding grace: Theories and Practice

14 The Science of Grace: Survival of the Graceful 211

15 Amazing Grace: Religion without Judgment 236

16 Leap Into Grace: Techniques for Graceful Living 255

Conclusion 271

Tips For Moving Well Through Life 277

Acknowledgments 280

Notes 283

Illustration Credits 294

Index 297

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