Book Review: Bohemian Manifesto

Yes, I just did a book review, but this is a new category, and needs a little bulking up. Hubby somehow heard about this book and requested it for Christmas. I almost immediately commandeered it. This book, by Laren Stover, is a non-fiction explanation of the modern bohemian lifestyle. I honestly never realized such a thing existed, and yet, I am one. That’s right!! All my lunacy and quirks are actually socially acceptable! I rescue furniture from the trash, I burn incense and go to art shows for the free alcohol. I love thrift stores and remaking my clothes and home to suit myself. I’m just a modern-day gypsy.

I personally loved this book and plan to reread it. It not only tells about the different types of bohemians, it lists books, movies, and famous people, such as Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, and Jack Kerouac, that exemplify bohemianism. There was a bit too much listing of things, but I found it overall to be inspiring and liberating. I have so many more plans for eclectic projects I can’t wait to work on, and a category for myself. That may seem odd, but I find it comforting. I guess knowing there is a whole subculture that thinks the way I do, and feels so outside our current consumerist culture, makes me more confident that I am on the right path, not just avoiding the inevitable slide into normal suburbanism.

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January 17, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Book Reviews.

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