SUZANNE MORRISON

Writing

What to Wear ~ Litro UK

Fear and Self-Loathing in Seattle ~ Crosscut

Fiction: Proper Food for Children ~ Salt Hill

Show Me the Sex ~ Huffington Post

Downton Abbey is a Wonder Drug ~ Huffington Post

The Sausage Maker and His Books ~ Huffington Post

Juneuary is for Writers ~ Suzanne's Blog

Press

The Nervous Breakdown ~ My Very Own Self-Interview

Ross & Burbank Show ~ KIRO Radio Interview

New Day Northwest ~ TV Interview

KATU-TV AM Northwest ~ TV Interview

BookPage ~ Book Review

San Francisco Chronicle ~ Interview

New York Magazine ~ Yoga Bitch on Recommended Books for August

CultureMob ~ Interview

Seattlest.com ~ Interview

Washington Post Express ~ Interview

Yoga Journal ~ Interview

Kirkus Reviews ~ Feature

Washington Times ~ Feature

Metro ~ Interview

Kirkus Reviews ~ Book review

Publishers Weekly ~ Book review

Los Angeles Times ~ Yoga Bitch on LA Times Recommended Summer Reading List

USA Character Approved Blog ~ Review

Seattleite.com ~ Feature

elephant journal ~ Yoga Cynic Review

Yoga Dork ~ Review

elephant journal ~ Interview

Lexi Yoga ~ Review

Seattle Magazine ~ Book review

iVillage ~ excerpt from Yoga Bitch

Whole Life Times ~ Book review

Seattle Weekly ~ 2008 Theatre Review

Time Out London ~ 2007 Production Yoga Bitch at Theatre 503 in London

The Independent ~ 2007, London

Daily Info, Oxford ~ 2007 Theatre Review, Oxford

The Guardian ~ 2007 Production, London

Publicist
Caroline Sill - Random House
csill@randomhouse.com


Literary Agent
Danielle Svetcov - Levine Greenberg Literary Agency
dsvetcov@levinegreenberg.com


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Suzanne Morrison Suzanne Morrison’s first memoir, Yoga Bitch: One Woman's Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment (Random House/Three Rivers Press) was a Crosscut Best Northwest Book of 2011 and has been translated into six languages. Yoga Bitch had its start as a long-running one-woman show of the same title, which played in New York, London, and across the United States. A recipient of 4Culture and Artist Trust grants, Suzanne is at work on a new memoir, Your Own Personal Alcatraz, about coming of age on an island near Seattle and an early romantic entrapment. Her fiction and essays have been published or are forthcoming in Litro, Salt Hill, Printers Row at the Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, Crosscut, Books for Better Living, and the essay anthology, Going Om.
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"I love this book. In an era of so much truth telling and blogging and reality shows we forget how well true stories can be told, when they’re in the right hands. Yoga Bitch has sucked me in and made me laugh and made me think about my own spiritual fucked-up state. You had me at "Do they make you eat your own poop."

Lauren Weedman
Author of A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body and former Daily Show correspondent
"Suzanne Morrison's memoir is a glorious mash-up of a book. It's all at once a gimlet-eyed look at the ridiculousness of yoga culture, a somewhat reluctant spiritual journey, and a beautifully observed travelogue. But at its core (to use a very yoga-ish word), Yoga Bitch is a love story. Like Austen's heroines, Suzanne Morrison has to figure out who she loves in order to know who she is. The result is an unabashedly romantic book, in the very best way--like watching your funniest, most sardonic friend realize that she's head-over-heels in love."

Claire Dederer
Author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses
"A smart, funny, and keenly observed travelogue of a modern yogini’s quest for awakening. Yoga Bitch flows like a quirky vinyasa, with each pose just twisted enough to be hilarious."

Anne Cushman
Author of Enlightenment for Idiots: A Novel
"Morrison is unflinchingly honest, poking easy fun at herself, her companions, and her surroundings . . . The lessons from Bali ultimately led her to stop pursuing the life she was supposed to want and start leading the one that nourishes her."

Patty Wetli
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Yoga Bitch

When Suzanne Morrison decides to travel to Bali for a two-month yoga retreat, she wants nothing more than to be transformed from a twenty-five year old with a crippling fear of death into her enchanting yoga teacher, Indra—a woman who seems to have found it all: love, self, and God.

But things don’t go quite as expected. Once in Bali, she finds that her beloved yoga teacher and all of her yogamates wake up every morning to drink a large, steaming mug . . . of their own urine. Sugar is a mortal sin. Spirits inhabit kitchen appliances. And the more she tries to find her higher self, the more she faces her cynical, egomaniacal, cigarette-, wine-, and chocolate-craving lower self.

Yoga Bitch chronicles Suzanne’s hilarious adventures and misadventures as an aspiring yogi who might be just a bit too skeptical to drink the Kool-Aid. But along the way she discovers that no spiritual effort is ever wasted; even if her yoga retreat doesn’t turn her into the gorgeously calm, wise believer she hopes it will, it does plant seeds that continue to blossom in surprising ways over the next decade of her life.



Word on the street

"Anyone who has read her eponymous blog or seen her one-woman show knows Morrison is whip-smart and irreverent. In her first book, she proves that she’s also wise and has a singular way with words. Whether you relate to Morrison more in her cigarette-smoking, stressed-out urbanite phase or in full-on Yoga Bitch mode, this book will inspire you to walk your own path to enlightenment—or at least make you laugh a lot."
~ Amy Scribner, BookPage

"Morrison's funny riff on yoga and perspective kicks off with a sentence that recalls the book's roots as a terrific one-woman show."
~ Dan Kois, New York Magazine (recommended reading)

"I love this book. In an era of so much truth telling and blogging and reality shows we forget how well true stories can be told, when they’re in the right hands. Yoga Bitch has sucked me in and made me laugh and made me think about my own spiritual fucked-up state. You had me at "Do they make you eat your own poop."
~ Lauren Weedman, Author of A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body and former Daily Show correspondent

"Suzanne Morrison's memoir is a glorious mash-up of a book. It's all at once a gimlet-eyed look at the ridiculousness of yoga culture, a somewhat reluctant spiritual journey, and a beautifully observed travelogue. But at its core (to use a very yoga-ish word), Yoga Bitch is a love story. Like Austen's heroines, Suzanne Morrison has to figure out who she loves in order to know who she is. The result is an unabashedly romantic book, in the very best way--like watching your funniest, most sardonic friend realize that she's head-over-heels in love."
~ Claire Dederer, Author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses

"A smart, funny, and keenly observed travelogue of a modern yogini’s quest for awakening. Yoga Bitch flows like a quirky vinyasa, with each pose just twisted enough to be hilarious."
~ Anne Cushman, Author of Enlightenment for Idiots: A Novel

"Suzanne Morrison has been through the yoga wars, she has the literal scars to prove it, and she's produced a hilarious and thoughtful memoir."
~ Neal Pollack, Author of Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude

"I put this book down feeling as though I either could have written parts of it myself or like I could at least be BFFs with the author. Yoga Bitch isn’t just a book for yogis; rather it’s a book for seekers, for those of us who know there’s more out there, even if finding it means giving up everything about who you thought you were in order to become who you always wanted to be."
~ Claire Bidwell Smith, Author of The Rules of Inheritance

"Brings the higher path down to Earth with refreshing honesty."
~ Kirkus Reviews

"Thoughtful, honest, and hilarious."
~ Publishers Weekly

"Morrison is unflinchingly honest, poking easy fun at herself, her companions, and her surroundings . . . The lessons from Bali ultimately led her to stop pursuing the life she was supposed to want and start leading the one that nourishes her."
~ Patty Wetli, Booklist

"Writer/performer Morrison offers a totally different take on the yoga experience . . . she candidly discusses her issues with meditation, exercise, and relationships."
~ Library Journal

"Suzanne Morrison's memoir of her yoga experience has more in common with Woody Allen than Deepak Chopra. Yoga Bitch is as witty and irreverent as its title suggests, puncturing the bubble of yoga’s mysticism and yet, somehow, still coming out the other side enlightened and renewed."
~ Dan Coxon, CultureMob

"Morrison is a funny and engaging writer, at once sincere about her spiritual aspirations and aware of all the clichés they entail.”
~ Slate Magazine

"Wickedly entertaining yet tragically honest."
~ Chatelaine.com

“Suzanne Morrison recounts her reformative journey at a two-month yoga retreat in Bali with a sense of humor so wicked it would even make Bikram sweat a little.”
~ Dorothy Robinson, Metro

"I really loved this book. It was the sort of story that keeps one up until the wee hours, resulting in what we nerds like to call a reading hangover."
~ Joslyn Hamilton, Lexi Yoga

"Whether she's finding transcendence in a Kundalini meditation or in an especially delicious coconut milkshake, Morrison strikes an appealing balance of sincerity and skepticism."
~ Ron Hogan, USA Character Approved Blog

"The fun of Yoga Bitch . . . lies in the way its author never lets go of her association with either of the two words in the title."
~ Seattle Weekly

"Yoga Bitch had me hooked ... it's a hilarious read by an author who isn't afraid to delve into the messy innards of yoga culture."
~ Jenny Rough, Whole Life Times

"The story of the humanization of a worshiped teacher as the author struggles to make hard choices about her life is funny, irreverent (things we don't always see in yoga writing) and has struck a chord with young yoginis in particular."
~ About.com

"[Morrison's] funny and honest discussion about her yogic journey is riveting and revolting, raw and fresh, and immensely enjoyable."
~ Nancy Alder, elephant journal

"Morrison offers a fresh and new voice in the yoga memoirs genre that is one part deeply exploratory and another giggle-inducing."
~ Yoga Dork

"Had me laughing out loud at the author’s irreverent commentary by the second page, and, ultimately unable to put the book down until a very un-yogic early morning hour [...] I couldn’t recommend Yoga Bitch more highly."
~ Jay Winston, elephant journal

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Washington, DC

Sunday, August 28th ~ 2:15pm
Reading and Discussion: “Writing Your Spiritual Journey”
Venue: Boundless Yoga
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Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, September 1st ~ 7:00pm
Reading hosted by WORD Books and The Desk Set
Venue: Good Yoga
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Bergen Aan Zee, The Netherlands

Sunday, September 11th ~ 4:30pm
Servire Festival at Sea


San Francisco, CA

Thursday, September 15th ~ 7:00pm
Reading co-sponsored by Brian Castellani and Yoganomics
Venue: Books Inc.
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Seattle, WA

Saturday, September 17th ~ 2:00pm
Venue: Elliott Bay Bookstore
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Thursday, September 22nd ~ 7:00pm
Venue: Third Place Books
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Friday, September 30th
Venue: Island Books
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Thursday, October 6th ~ 7:00pm
Party and reading co-hosted by Debut Lit and Elliott Bay Book Company
Venue: Hugo House
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Friday, October 7th ~ 7:30pm
Party and Reading to benefit Flying Kits Global, with Queen Anne Books
Venue: Haute Yoga Queen Anne
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Portland, OR

Wednesdsay, September 28th ~ 7:30pm
Reading co-sponsored by Yoga Bhoga
Venue: Powell’s Books
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Olympia, WA

Wednesday, October 19th ~ 7:30pm
Reading at Olympia Timberland Library