You Are What You Buy? Author and Scholar Elizabeth Currid-Halkett,The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class, in Conversation with MacArthur Fellow and Cultural Scholar Josh Kun

Thursday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Author and Prof. of Urban and Regional Planning at USC, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett takes a fascinating in-depth excursion into a new angle on the economics of class with her third book  The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class. She pulls together convincing data demonstrating that today’s elites are spending less on flashy material goods and investing more in “subtle expenditures,” to communicate their status. Here to discuss with her this blue state of affairs and how it reverberates across our polarized society, is the brilliant Josh Kun, MacArthur Fellow, journalist, essayist and curator. Come partake of this consuming subject in this reading, talk and signing.

SumofSmallThingsIn today’s world, the leisure class has been replaced by a new elite. Highly educated and defined by cultural capital rather than income bracket, they care about discreet, inconspicuous consumption—like eating free-range chicken and heirloom tomatoes, wearing organic cotton shirts and TOMS shoes, and listening to the Serial podcast. They use their purchasing power to hire nannies and housekeepers, to cultivate their children’s growth, and to practice yoga and Pilates. In The Sum of Small Things, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett dubs this segment of society “the aspirational class” and discusses how, through deft decisions about education, health, parenting, and retirement, the aspirational class reproduces wealth and upward mobility, deepening the ever-wider class divide. 

Currid-Halkett considers how much has changed since the 1899 publication of Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class. In that inflammatory classic, which coined the phrase “conspicuous consumption,” Veblen described upper-class frivolities: men who used walking sticks for show, and women who bought silver flatware despite the effectiveness of cheaper aluminum utensils. Now, Currid-Halkett argues, the power of material goods as symbols of social position has diminished due to their accessibility. As a result, the aspirational class has altered its consumer habits away from overt materialism. With a rich narrative and extensive interviews and research, The Sum of Small Things illustrates how cultural capital leads to lifestyle shifts and what this forecasts, not just for the aspirational class but for everyone.

Read  Elizabeth Currid-Hackett’s NY TImes article about the data she uncovered on  new buying habits.

“…Crackles with original insights about consumer goods and the individuals who choose them..Fast-paced, well-told, and unfailingly interesting, this book is an intellectual treat across the board.”–Harvey Molotch, author of Against Security

currid-halkett_8173-webElizabeth Currid-Halkett is the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning and professor of public policy at the University of Southern California. She is the author of The Warhol Economy and Starstruck . Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New Yorker, and Wall Street Journal. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.

 

JoshKunJosh Kun is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and an Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.  His research focuses on the arts and politics of cultural connection, with an emphasis on popular music, the cultures of globalization, the US-Mexico border, Los Angeles, and Jewish-American musical history.  He also works as a journalist, essayist, and curator. He is author and an editor of several books, including Audiotopia: Music, Race and America, To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City , and Black and Brown: Los Angeles Beyond Conflict and Coalition.

David Clawson Debuts Comic Coming-of-Age YA Novel My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen

Sunday, June 4th at 5:00 p.m.

Two closeted gay teens and their almost star-crossed romance are just the central two of the vividly drawn characters in My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen, a deliciously funny and insightful new take on– you guessed it– Cinderella! David Clawson’s debut YA novel is set in theheart of  a social-climbing stepfamily on Manhattan’s Upper East Side… missing shoes and a drag queen who dresses as Diana Ross figure prominently. Praised for this YA and LGBTQ standout debut, David Clawson will blast us through to the other side of the classic fairy-tale in a reading, talk, q&a and signing.

My Fairy Godmother is a Drag QueenChris Bellows is just trying to get through high school and survive being the only stepchild in the social-climbing Fontaine family, whose recently diminished fortune hasn’t dimmed their desire to mingle with Upper East Side society. Chris sometimes feels more like a maid than part of the family. But when Chris’s stepsister begins dating golden boy J. J. Kennerly, heir to a political dynasty, everything changes. Because Chris and J. J. fall in love . . . with each other. The novel skillfully balances issues like sexuality, family and financial troubles, and self-discovery with more lighthearted moments like how one rogue shoe can launch a secret, whirlwind romance and a chance meeting with a drag queen can spark magic and light in a once dark reality.

“A fresh, funny, new twist on a classic fairy tale.. a fast-paced, riotous, laugh-out-loud yet insightful story of secret love between two closeted gay teens.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“. . .a spot-on modern version for contemporary teens, with an artful balance of serious insights about being true to oneself and riffs on pop culture..”
—School Library Journal

J7gwn7tG (1)David Clawson attended the USC Graduate Screenwriting Program, where he received the Jack Oakie Comedy Writing Award, a 20th Century Fox Fellowship, and had his sitcom pilot, Balancing Acts, produced. David teaches screenwriting at the LMU School of Film and Television.

Internationally Bestselling Novelist Kevin Kwan Tops Off His Crazy Rich Trilogy with his new novel Rich People Problems, Reading, Conversation with Author Sandi Tan, The Black Isle, and Signing, Co-hosted by Los Angeles Review of Books

Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00p.m.

Kevin Kwan, hailed as contemporary Asia’s answer to Jane Austen, is back with a third and final blazingly funny installment in his Crazy Rich Trilogy, Rich People Problems, which chronicles the extreme sport of vying for love and fortune among Singapore’s ultra-wealthy. We’re so excited to host this deliriously irreverent author, lauded not only for his laser-like satiric wit but for the empathetic warmth at the heart of his tales. Singapore-born debut novelist Sandi Tan, author of The Black Isle, will join him in a conversation which is sure to be a riot, a delight —  and a sizzling way to start your summer vacation without even leaving town. Co-presented by LARB, conversation, reading,  q&a and signing.

RichPeopleProbsRich People Problems is an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi.

“There’s rich, there’s filthy rich, and then there’s crazy rich… A Pride and Prejudice-like send-up.”—People

“A dizzily shopaholic comedy… Wickedly delectable… Offers refreshing nouveau voyeurism to readers who long ago burned out on American and English aspirational fantasies… Hilarious.”
Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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photo by Giancarlo Ciampini

Born in Singapore, Kevin Kwan  moved to Manhattan in order to pursue a BFA in Photography at Parson’s School of Design. In New York, Kwan gained experience in the world of art and style, working for for Tibor Kalman’s legendary design firm M&Co. In 2000, Kwan established his own creative studio. As he became sought after as a visual consultant by acclaimed authors like Michael Korda, Gore Vidal, and Larry McMurtry, Kevin was inspired to return to his first love—writing. His critically-acclaimed debut novel Crazy Rich Asians became an international bestseller in 2013 and is now being made into a major motion picture by director Jon M. Chu and Warner Brothers Studios. Its sequel China Rich Girlfriend also became a smash hit around the world, and the final book in the trilogy, Rich People Problems, was released in May 2017. He has called New York’s West Village home since 1995.

SandiTanSandi Tan is a Singapore-born, LA-based novelist and filmmaker. Her debut novel The Black Isle reimagined Singapore’s 20th century as an epic ghost story. She was a 2016 Sundance Documentary Fellow and is currently in post-production on Shirkers, her hybrid documentary feature that is partly set in 1990s Singapore and has been described as “a punk rock fairy tale.”

Flash into June with All Lit Up: Poet-writer Puma Perl, Author-Musician Keith Morris and Musician Melody Federer

Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m.

flashAll Lit Up is a collaborative effort with host-author Rich Ferguson and Chevalier’s Liz Newstat. Every month we offer delectable morsels from literary artists and musicians, served between convivial mixing and garnished with a light selection of open mic surprises. This month we host the rockin’ poet, writer and performer Puma Perl,  L.A. punk paragon Keith Morris, author of My Damage, and the musical firecracker Melody Federer.

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photo by Robert Butcher

Puma Perl is a widely published poet and writer, as well as a performer and producer. She is the author of two chapbooks, Ruby True and Belinda and Her Friends, and has two published poetry collections, knuckle tattoos, and Retrograde. She is the creator and producer of Puma Perl’s Pandemonium,  in NYC, which  brings spoken word together with rock and roll. She is also a journalist, a recipient of a 2016 Acker Award in the category of writing, and of two New York Press Association Awards in recognition of her journalism.

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Keith Morris  is a singer and songwriter, and the author of the autobiography My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor. He is a known for his role as frontman of the hardcore punk bands Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Off!.  Morris has also appeared as a guest vocalist on several albums by other artists.

MelodySinger/songwriter Melody Federer became enthralled with music on account of her father, a pastor, who taught her to sing and play hymns on guitar. At the age of 20, she ran away  from Dallas to Paris, accompanied by a jazz pianist.  Eventually turning up in L.A., Melody broke from her partner and began busking, before securing a residency where she soon caught the ear of Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter Billy Mann (P!nk, Robyn, Sting), who offered her a full-time publishing deal.  Since signing, she has written songs for the likes of Kelly Rowland, Hilary Duff, and Jacob Whitesides. Her new album is When The Dogwoods Bloom.

Calling All Astro-tourists! Interactive-Journalist Olivia Koski and Astronomer-Educator Jana Grcevich Present their Interstellar Vacation Guide to the Solar System: Science for the Savvy Space Traveler

 Friday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m.

If you’re planning a vacation to Neptune this summer, or just planning a vacation here on Earth star-gazing and imagining such a getaway in sublime detail, here, at last,(!) is your indispensable companion,Vacation Guide to the Solar System: Science for the Savvy Space Traveler created by two supernova tour guides, interactive journalist and producer of Emmy-nominated science flicks Olivia Koski and astronomer Jana Grcevich, a science educator who hails from the wondrous American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium. Guaranteed to transport you, even if you are still saving up for that outer space tour: a stratospheric talk, reading and signing.
Cover Vacation Guide to the Solar SystemPacked with real science and fueled by imagination, a beautifully illustrated travel guide for interstellar tourists of all ages.  Vacation Guide to the Solar System provides a whimsical tour of planets near and far. At a time when burgeoning startups are offering sub-orbital travel to everyday people (albeit for a hefty price), and NASA is discovering new, possibly habitable planets by the handful, interplanetary vacations are suddenly not quite as improbable as they once seemed. Our knowledge of the solar system has exploded in recent decades. Thousands of scientists have meticulously collected reams of data, gaining unprecedented insight into the physical make-up of our neighboring planets. And while all of this scientific inquiry is of great value, there has been surprisingly little attention paid to some very important questions. Questions such as: what is the weather like on Neptune? How much time off work do I need to request for a vacation to Mercury?
You’ll need help choosing the most breathtaking landscapes, finding those pristine hidden moons, and of course, staying alive. Get a feel for what to expect while climbing the low-gravity, impossibly deep canyons of Mars. What’s the best way to tour Saturn’s rings, from a moon orbiting in them, or from above?

Koski_head_shot-2Olivia Koski  is Head of Operations at Guerilla Science. She was previously a senior producer at the Atavist Magazine, where she produced 30 interactive journalism stories, five of which were nominated for a National Magazine Award and one an Emmy. She has a master’s in journalism from NYU and her writing has appeared in Wired, Popular Mechanics, and Scientific American.

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photo by Sheri Reina Hochbaum

Jana Grcevich, PhD, has worked as an astronomer and science educator at the American Museum of Natural History and hosts shows at the Hayden Planetarium. She received her undergraduate degrees in astronomy, physics, and mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her doctorate in astronomy at Columbia University. She teaches astronomy to future high school Earth Science teachers as a part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at AMNH.

Internationally Bestselling Author Martin Walker (Bruno Series) Reads & Signs The Templars’ Last Secret

Wednesday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m.

Not every mystery you crack open whilst lounging on a beach towel this summer will come with fascinating art-historical details of the Lascaux and Les Eyzies caves. But Martin Walker’s The Templars’ Last Secret, the newest in his internationally bestselling Bruno Series, gives you just that  – plus wine, women and global politics – all packed into a taut crime novel. Meet the erudite author, a veteran international affairs columnist as well as the creator of St. Denis’s beloved police chief Bruno for what will no doubt be a beguiling talk, reading, q&a and signing.

Templars Las SecretWhen a woman’s body is found at the foot of a cliff near St. Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruin that stands on the cliff above: the Château de Commarque, a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold which, along with the labyrinth of prehistoric caves beneath it, continues to draw the interest of scholars. Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance, the discovery of which could have dramatic repercussions throughout the Middle East–not to mention in St. Denis. And the woman’s ties to Islamic terrorists can only heighten the pressure on Bruno to unravel the centuries-old mystery. Meanwhile, an old flame of Bruno’s is assigned to work with him on the case, and the two find time, naturellement, to enjoy the supreme pleasures of the wine, food, and beauty of the Dordogne.

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photo:               Klaus Einwanger

Martin Walker is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank based in Washington, D.C. He is also editor in chief emeritus and international affairs columnist at United Press International. His previous novels in the Bruno series are Black Diamond; Bruno, Chief of Police; The Children Return; The Crowded Grave; The Dark Vineyard; The Devil’s Cave; Fatal Pursuit; The Patriarch; and The Resistance Man, all international best sellers. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.

NY Times Bestselling Author Cara Black Treats Us to Smashing New Book in her Aimée Leduc Series: Murder in Saint-Germain, in Conversation with LA’s Master of Mystery, Tim Hallinan! Talk, Reading and Signing.

Thursday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Cara Black, the fabulous author of the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series will treat us to a taste of Private Investigator Leduc’s newest case, Murder in Saint-Germain. The celebrated author, whose immersive contribution to Parisian culture has garnered her the Médaille de la Ville de Paris, among many other honors, will be joined by Los Angeles’ very own master of comic suspense, Tim Hallinan (Junior Bender and Poke Rafferty Series). Absolument guaranteed to be nothing short of merveilleux et fantastique! Talk, reading and signing.

MurderinSTGermainParis, July 1999: Private investigator Aimée Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she’s being stalked by a ghost—a Serbian warlord she thought she’d killed. She’s suffering from PTSD and her boss thinks she’s imagining things. She begs Aimée to investigate—is it possible Mirko Vladić could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta?

Aimée is already working on a huge case, plus she’s got an eight-month old baby to take care of. But she can’t say no to Suzanne, whom she owes a big favor. Aimée chases the few leads, and all evidence confirms Mirko Vladić is dead. It seems that Suzanne is in fact paranoid, perhaps losing her mind—until Suzanne’s team begins to turn up dead in a series of strange, tragic accidents. Are these just coincidences? Or are things not what they seem?

“Quintessential summer reading.”—THE BOSTON GLOBE

“Smashing and suspenseful.”—THE BBC’S BETWEEN THE LINES

“Black’s detective is hitting her post-pregnancy stride, bringing up bébé while battling the bad guys with the best of them.”–KIRKUS REVIEWS

CaraBlackCara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 17 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.

tim by Morgan (1)Timothy Hallinan has been nominated for the Edgar, Nero, Shamus, Macavity and Silver Dagger awards. He is the author of nineteen widely praised books, including For the Dead, The Hot Countries,Crashed, Little Elvises, The Fame Thief, King Maybe, Herbie’s Game, which won the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, and Fields Where They Lay, named a “Best Book of 2016” (Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly) and “Best Christmas Mystery, 2016” by London’s Sunday Times. He divides his time between California and Thailand.

Up and Coming YA Novelist Teddy Steinkellner Launches Two Roads From Here

Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Standout new YA novelist Teddy Steinkellner, author of two praised middle reader books, launches his debut YA novel Two Roads From Here. Have you ever asked yourself that prickly question ‘What if I’d made the other choice?’ This provocative and humorous novel gives his true-to-life young characters the chance to literally live out the answer to that question, as two different ‘roads’ are experienced to their conclusion. Come meet our new neighbor as he launches this smart new book for young adults. Launch, reading, q&a, and signing.

two-roads-from-here-9781481430616_hrFor fans of Tommy Wallach and Patrick Ness comes a thoughtful, funny novel that explores what happens to five teens when they choose the road…and the road not taken. 

Should Brian play in Friday’s football game, even though his head really hurts?
Should Allegra commit to college now that her mother’s illness has returned?
Should Cole cheat on the SATs for a chance to get into his dream school?
Should Nikki go all the way with her boyfriend?
Should Wiley tell his best friend that he loves her and risk losing her completely?

These five seniors are about to have an opportunity people only dream about: to experience two potential outcomes of a life-altering decision. When it’s all over, will they still recognize their futures?

“‘Destiny or decision?’ The answer may be unknowable, but Steinkellner gives readers something to think about.” –Kirkus

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photo by J. Weischedel, R. Caliendo

 

Teddy Steinkellner is the author of Trash Can Days and Trash Can Nights. He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he majored in English and American Studies. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his fiancee, Courtney, and their cat, Channing. Learn more at teddysteinkellner.com.

MacArthur Poetry Fellow Peter Cole In Conversation with Iranian-American Poet Kaveh Akbar, To Celebrate Cole’s Forthcoming Hymns & Qualms, Talk, Reading and Signing

Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Peter Cole is acclaimed for his authentically original poetry and revered for translations that span the Hebrew Golden Age in Muslim Spain to the contemporary Middle East. He will wow us with a reading from his breath-taking new collection, Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and TranslationsCole, winner of a MacArthur as well as a Guggenheim, will be joined by the extraordinary Iranian poet Kaveh Akbar, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, whose poems are published regularly in the New Yorker and elsewhere. These two are a poetry festival unto themselves! Come taste the fruits of their fine labors, in this talk, reading and signing.

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Hymns & Qualms is a career-spanning collection that weaves Peter Cole’s poems and translations together in an unprecedented way.  Praised for his “prosodic mastery” and “keen moral intelligence” (American Poets), and for the “rigor, vigor, joy, and wit” of his poetry (The Paris Review), Cole has created a vital, unclassifiable body of work that plumbs centuries of wisdom while paying sharp attention to the textures and tensions of the present.He is, Harold Bloom writes, “a matchless translator and one of the handful of authentic poets in his own American generation.”

“[Peter Cole’s] poetry is perhaps most remarkable for its combination of intellectual rigor with delight in surface, for how its prosody returns each abstraction to the body, linking thought and breath, metaphysics and musicality. Religious, erotic, elegiac, pissed off—the affective range is wide and the forms restless.” —Ben Lerner, BOMB

Hymns & Qualms is a majestic work, a chronicle of the imaginative life of a profoundly spiritual consciousness.” -Harold Bloom

“I love this book-for its idiosyncratic music, its moral and spiritual intelligence, and the balance it maintains between pain and joy, provocation and solace. People are always asking, What’s the point of poetry when the world is going to hell? Hymns & Qualms is a potent reply.”           —Christian Wiman

“Masterful . . . Deeply allusive, profound, committed verse.” —Michael Autrey, Booklist

“You can open this stunning debut, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, anywhere and find the critical tenderness that permeates Kaveh Akbar’s work. The work here means to go out on limbs, be it to fling blossoms, chew fireflies, or to push old nests into the river once the rearing is done.”– Francine J. Harris

Peter ColePeter Cole was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1957. He has published several books of poems and many volumes of translations from Hebrew and Arabic, both medieval and modern. He has received numerous honors for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and in 2007 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. He divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven.

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Kaveh Akbar‘s poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, Ploughshares, Tin House, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published by Alice James Books in Fall 2017; he is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic.“A recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and is currently a Visiting Professor of Poetry at Purdue University.

Oh! Yo! Yoga! Author and Renowned Liberation Yoga Owner Christine Burke Debuts The Yoga Healer: Remedies for Body, Mind and Spirit with Special Gratis Mini-Workshop & Signing

Wednesday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m.

In a delightfully special event, custom-made for the contours of Chevalier’s, the renowned Liberation Yoga owner Christine Burke (and former manager of Larchmont’s beloved Center for Yoga!) will celebrate her newly published book The Yoga Healer: Remedies for Body, Mind and Spirit teaching a mini-workshop, designed for sitting in chairs and utilizing the spaces between the shelves (optional). Come unwind and restore at this unique reading, demonstration and signing!

Yoga HealerIn The Yoga Healer: Remedies for Body, Mind and Spirit, From Easing Back Pain and Headaches to Managing Anxiety and Finding Joy and Peace Within, Christine Burke, owner of Liberation Yoga and teacher of 16 years, will put the power to heal and revitalize yourself into your own hands – mind, body and spirit! Practitioners of all levels from beginner to advanced, occasional to frequent, will love this accessible handbook of remedies based on the art and science of yoga. The first three chapters – Remedies for the Body, Remedies for the Mind and Remedies for the Spirit – cover a number of physical, mental and emotional concerns and provide three simple, concise practices for each one to address the condition. The final chapter includes longer combined sequences for morning, noon and night to wake up, recharge and relax. All poses and sequences are illustrated with stylish, clear photography. Each yoga remedy is designed to last 15 minutes or less and targets a specific condition. From alleviating daily aches and pains to improving your state of mind and tapping into your creative spirit, here you will find succinct, powerful tools that can be practiced anywhere, any time.

ChristineBurkeChristine Burke stepped into yoga as an actress and a dancer in New York in 1994. A Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour-plus level, she has been teaching full time since the year 2000 and has taught thousands of students of all ages. Christine and her husband Gary McCleery opened Liberation Yoga in 2004. The studio has been named in the ‘Top 20 Yoga Studios In The World’ by Travel + Leisure magazine and ‘Best Yoga Studio In LA’ by LA Weekly and online city guide Citysearch on several occasions. Christine’s writing has been featured in LA Yoga and Yogi Times and her teaching has been featured in LA Times, LA Weekly, Yogi Times, LA Yoga, Westways, Great Yoga Teachers and many online magazines.