Join us in the Readings Gallery to hear how Hula-hooping changed one woman's life. And weather permitting we'll head out to the Village Green and, with the author's guidance, practice some hooping ourselves!
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The Tao of Hoop is a philosophical memoir about how the humble hula-hoop transformed one woman’s life…but, seriously, though! Ann Humphreys was not aware that she didn’t understand how to feel--something we don’t learn about in school--until she very randomly (through crushing on a hot dude) found the hula-hoop at age 35.
Having endured a life-altering loss as a teenager, Ann had learned to handle grief and pain through the time-honored Southern traditions of denial and repression. The hula-hoop broke those old patterns, allowing her to meet a new wave of challenges with a clear mind and an open heart. Part story, part treatise, part inquiry, part self-help guide, The Tao of Hoop is a raw, poetic, and captivating read you will have a hard time putting down.
Ann Humphreys grew up in North Carolina and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with high honors from Barnard College. She obtained her MFA in Poetry Writing from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers in 2000. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Which Lies Are Necessary?, was published by Hollyridge Press in 2005. Since 2007, she has traveled all over the world teaching hula-hooping as a meditative dance.