Arts & Leisure

Book review: Untamed — by Glennon Doyle

(Dial Press)
Glennon Doyle’s new memoir may break you open. From the opening chapter’s description of her child’s reaction to a caged cheetah to the astounding moment when she first saw the love of her life, the pace is unrelenting. Doyle’s an uncompromising narrator; she doesn’t let herself get away with anything. Honesty in this form is bracingly refreshing. There is an element of spirituality (she sometimes retreats to a God closet to hear the voice in her head speak more clearly) that could be off-putting to some, but the benefits of reading this funny, heartfelt, passionate tribute to life and love far outweigh that detraction. Doyle’s story is remarkable; of one major upheaval in her life (when she found out her husband had cheated on her), she quips, “Did I write the book as a road map on how to get out of this mess and then follow it or did I make my way out and then write the book?” Her background as a motivational speaker is clearly on display, but reading about how a seemingly ordinary person was able to not just survive, but actually thrive in the face of all the odds stacked against her is a very positive experience.
— Reviewed by Jenny Lyons of The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury
 

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