The Must-Read Book Club


Stacey Brass-Russell: When my husband and I became engaged, I received this book in the mail as a gift from my (now) mother-in-law. At first I was so amused that she had sent me this very old-fashioned and outdated book written by a 1950’s housewife about the challenges of finding time for oneself while maintaining a marriage and a household and being the connector of family, etc. Halfway through I realized how meaningful and thoughtful of a gift it truly was and continues to be.

This is a book that I truly love, that I bring into class often and that I draw inspiration from regularly. It is definitely a Hall of Famer for me, and since my vacation to Shelter Island in August, I discovered even more in my connection to it and have some new insights, which is always such a nice thing to have happen with a book that you have been looking at for a few years.

YCNYC: Favorite quote?​

SB-R: There are SO many! I will choose one that I feel is so connected to my yoga practice and teaching.

“But I want first of all – in fact, as an end to these other desires – to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact – to borrow from the language of the saints – to live ‘in grace’ as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony.”

YCNYC: What one person would you recommend this book to?