The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.5 X 1.2 X 8.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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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.


Part love letter, part cultural commentary, and wholly a joyous exploration of the essential trait of grace, from ancient Greece to the golden age of Hollywood.--Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post and author of Thrive
Fascinating throughout, this book not only serves as a reminder of the crude gracelessness into which modern society has descended. It also offers hope that we can reform our current personal and social habits with an eye toward more civilized, harmonious living. An insightful, intelligent examination of grace, which often 'seems to elude fixed meaning.'
Kaufman mines history, pop culture, sports, and her own neighborhood to share moving moments of grade in beautifully sculpted prose.... [She] reminds us that even in a world where most eyes are locked on smart phones, there are still people who really listen, think before they speak, and move gracefully.--Candace Smith
As an antidote to the ill manners so prevalent in today's society, Pulitzer Prize-winning dance critic Kaufman recalls the reader to grace.... Kaufman's narrative is timely and sheds light on a long-lost art.
Kaufman's deft way with words aligns perfectly with her subject: Smooth and controlled, she writes with authority about an impressive array of subjects.... Thoughtful and inspiring.--Sarah Archer
Both joyful and directive, a celebrity-packed collection of observations and a manual for easing anyone's way through the world. It's a book with a message, delivered with calm command.--Cathy Lynn Grossman
Sarah Kaufman offers an old-fashioned cure for a modern-day ailment. The remedy for our culture of coarseness is grace--forgetting ourselves, being attentive to others, and approaching our encounters with the effortlessness that comes from being at ease in the world. This is an elegant, compelling, and, yes, graceful book.--Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
This is a truly eloquent book... Sarah Kaufman paints a charming, dignified portrait of a lost art.--Adam Grant, professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and author of Give and Take
As a dance photographer, I have considered myself an expert on the art of grace. Not anymore. Sarah Kaufman has set the gold standard by which I will judge all future subjects.--Jordan Matter, photographer and author of Dancers Among Us
Sarah Kaufman has nailed it: she has detected precisely what it is that has changed us so for the worse... Her book is itself most graceful, and ever knowing.--Frank Deford, NPR sports commentator, and author of Alex: A Child
This thoughtful meditation will stay with me for a long while. Sarah Kaufman's thoughts on the rare virtue of grace are both inspiring and uplifting. Humanity at its finest is merely what she is offering here, and we could all use a bit more of that in our lives.--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic