Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge

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If you consider yourself to be a fearless follower of your own path, pursuing your dreams and ideas with a passion at the expense of standard rules, then Bohemian Manifesto is a must. This is the second edition of this book, the first one now out of print. Although I did not get a chance to read the first one, I’m so glad I was able to get this second edition. The authors break down five types of Bohemians: the Nouveau, Folkloric, Beat, Zen, and Dandy, describing the lifestyle and mindset of each with an eye for detail that is magical and entertaining. There are also glimpses into the past, examining artists, poets, and musicians who defined the bohemian lifestyle and set some strict standards.

Not only is this a well-written book, but it is also both wonderfully and beautifully presented, full of wit and charm, inspiring me to be a little more bohemian in my outlook. It reminded me that there is more to life than consumerism if only we take the time to enjoy the experience of life. Whether that be finding enjoyment in the texture, color, or sensations around us, there are numerous ways to incorporate feeling into life. The Bohemian has taken life to a new level, and we could all benefit from their incredible journey.

My favorite chapter in this book was entitled “Dust.” It gave me the freedom to let go and view things from the Bohemian’s perspective. Now, I will no longer feel guilty for neglecting to tidy the cobwebs and dust since they may be “remnants of the stars or powder of the saints”. This pearl of wisdom alone made this book for me. The nine case studies of bohemian types and characters were not only funny and entertaining but often reminded me of people I’ve known. And the quiz at the end that allows the reader to determine which bohemian category they fall into was a fun addition. I was a mishmash, which was no surprise to me, but I’m not fretting; I’m sure there is a wild Bohemian inside somewhere waiting to escape.

The velvety feel of the hard cover and the delightful illustrations both inside and out make this a book I want to display and share with friends. Frankly, it’s the next best thing to fairy dust. I think it’s not too far off to say that this book contains a lot of food for the inspired soul. And I’m afraid that it is so good that nothing I could say could really do it justice. So, for those who want to live on the edge, just go and get a copy of this field guide and let the authors shine a light onto a new path.


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Author Laren Stover and Paul Himmelein, with illustrations by Izak
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 305 pages
Publisher Echo Point Books and Media
Publish Date 2019-05-18
ISBN 0978162654501
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Issue May 2020
Category Special Interest
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