More Praise for On Being Human

The year’s uplifting memoir has arrived. Jennifer Pastiloff shares her unusual life story, from growing up deaf in a broken home to working as a waitress in L.A. for decades to creating On Being Human, a now-famous yoga workshop and retreat. Pastiloff is a self-professed ‘beauty hunter.’ In this honest and vulnerable book, she’ll show you her way.
— Refinery29
The book is constructed as a memoir of Pastiloff’s earlier life waitressing, but it’s much more than that: a love letter to yoga, a self-help book, a spiritual how-to guide, and more. Fans of Cheryl Strayed will flock to the raw, earned healing and personal growth.
On Being Human is beautiful and tender, profound and absorbing. I never wanted to put it down. In writing with such clarity and honesty about her jagged path to becoming, Jennifer Pastiloff has told the story of not only herself, but so many of us. I was consoled by this book and also inspired. On every page I felt the presence and the power of Pastiloff’s brave and gigantic heart. This is a book friends will tell friends they have to read for years to come. It’s an important, enthralling debut.
— Cheryl Strayed, New York Times Bestselling author of memoir Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things, Brave Enough, and Torch, a novel
This is a memoir at once strong and vulnerable, an absorbing account of Jennifer Pastiloff’s inner life, filled with humor and inspiration and sincerity.
— Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of Far from the Tree>/i>
Jen Pastiloff is the only human ray of sunshine who could ever make me earnestly consider incorporating unpalatable things like ‘manifesting joy’ and ‘listening’ (UGH) into my life. This book is a treasure.
— Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty
This book is a beacon of hope from someone who’s been VERY far away from that beacon but managed to find her way back.
— Patton Oswalt
Forget everything you know about memoir. Of course this is about the comet that is Jen Pastiloff and how she grew up struggling with deafness, depression, and a wrecked body image to go on and crack open the world’s heart with yoga/writing retreats, a website named The Manifest-Station, and pure love—but honestly, it’s really the memoir of all of us, every single one of us who ever felt I’m not enough, I’m not loved, I’m falling apart, I don’t’ belong here. I was reading this moving memoir while crying, scribbling down sentences and holding onto them like life lines. I’ve got you, Jen says, but the true message of this radiant memoir is nothing short that revolutionary love: we’ve got each other.
— Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow
This darkly funny, deeply personal and powerful memoir will speak to anyone who has ever felt outcast: from their bodies, their minds, the world. A must read for human beings.
— Emily Rapp Black, New York Times Best Seller of The Still Point of the Turning World and Poster Child: A Memoir
For self-help fans and seekers of self-empowerment, this is an inspiring memoir with tips for overcoming and maybe prospering from the chaotic or disappointing elements that comprise an imperfect life.
— Kirkus
Jen Pastiloff is the anti-guru. Rarely will you meet anyone more humble, compassionate and ready to learn. She’s the kind of leader we need.
— Rene Denfeld, author of The Child Finder
Listen to me: you’re going to think Jen Pastiloff is your BFF after you read this book because when you’re done reading it you will feel known. No one is better qualified to write a book called On Being Human than this particular human. Having long struggled to accept her own imperfections and struggles, Jen manages to bring these to the page with a humor, heart and generosity that makes room for all of us to be a little kinder to ourselves.
— Elizabeth Crane, author of Turf and The History of Great Things
Jen Pastiloff has been a force of nature in helping women accept and tap in to their core selves for years—now, you don’t need to go to a retreat or workshop to dive in to her particular infectious magic. For every woman standing on a precipice, held back by fear or insecurity, Pastiloff models—with wit, generosity and blunt candor—a way to a new self and a new life through the seemingly simple and actually profound belief that we are all “enough.” Not too much, not doomed, not excluded, but able to achieve our wildest dreams by letting go of the bullshit narratives we’ve been fed about ourselves. Especially in these dark times for women, there is actually nothing “simple” about Pastiloff’s radical alchemy. Read this book and feel yourself expand.
— Gina Frangello
Jen Pastiloff is a rejuvenating supernova! A life force of primal extravagant delight! Frank and funny, she’ll voss herself around and change the rest of us in the meantime. I’d want to listen to anything she has to say.
— Naomi Shihab Nye, Pushcart Prize-winning poet and author of Fuel and 19 Varieties of Gazelle
Dear Jen, From you I have learned to alchemize fear with love, to redistribute love through compassion, to enter a room with others.
— Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water, and the novels The Small Backs of Children, Dora: A Headcase, and The Book of Joan