Catch “pleasure doula” Sara Elise, the author of ☛A RECIPE FOR MORE: INGREDIENTS FOR A LIFE OF ABUNDANCE AND EASE [pub: HarperCollins] in virtual conversation with Well-Read Black Girl for Mental Health Awareness Month on Instagram Live this Friday, May 19th at 1 p.m. EST. I first learned about Sara following the Instagram account Blk Book Swap @blkbookswap when the bookstagrammer posted about the author’s release earlier this month. Singer Janelle Monae described a Recipe For More as, “Deeply honest, compassionate, and wise… a generous book about breaking cycles of suffering, but also, choosing pleasure, offering kindness to self, cultivating an electric network of friendships, and embracing this sweet life. I treasured every page.” Looking forward to this IG Live.
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A Recipe For More: Ingredients For A Life Of Abundance And Ease Synopsis From HarperCollins:
In this expansive debut, A Recipe for More: Choosing a Life of Pleasure and Abundance, creative, host, and “pleasure doula” Sara Elise offers a profound and challenging inquiry into the forces that keep us in a state of survival and limitation and asks us to consider a new way to live. Sara Elise leaves us with what it means to be present to what’s unfolding around us and open to the change that is possible in that empty space.
A Recipe for More is a quest to examine the ingredients of our lives, those essential components that make up our days. Have we chosen rest, breath, movement, agency, visibility, play, and pleasure? Or are we trapped in the numbing and violent pattern of self-inflicted suffering? Do we celebrate the unique and precious wiring of our brains? Are our relationships a garden of ever-growing and evolving roots? Do we nourish our bodies with what it requires to sense and receive? Are we liberated, awakened, and alive? In the tradition of Adrienne Maree Brown and Sonya Renee Taylor, A Recipe for More is a radical argument for dismantling the systems that oppress us. But it begins with the individual, and the simple recipe of our every day.
Groundbreaking, persuasive, inclusive, and warm, A Recipe for More brings the ingredients of an abundant life to all readers so that we might honor ourselves, deepen our communities, and finally be present in each miraculous and life-giving singular moment.
With contributions by Fariha Róisín, Tourmaline, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Ryann Holmes (bklyn boihood), Naima Green, J Wortham, and more.