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Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge Hardcover – 7 Jan 2005


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch Press,U.S. (7 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821228900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821228906
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write fiction, nonfiction, short plays, poetry, letters, postcards...Prefer pen and ink and have a manual typewriter but confess to writing my most recent books on a PowerBook. I've published three books, write for The New York Times and used to write a diary from time to time for the New York Observer. I went to art school in Baltimore, took photographs, painted and fell in love with Japanese woodcuts. Instead of writing classes, studied Ancient Egyptian Grammar and Biosocial Aspects of Human Sexuality at Johns Hopkins, French at Peabody. Drink tea steeped in vintage teapots-- it fuels the fury. What I'm writing-- a fictionalized memoir: Lucky Me, The 27 Notebooks of Nick Dante.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ebi from the uk on 29 Aug. 2012
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This is a very funny book with lovely illustrations, there is nothing really in-depth, so this may be the type of book that you expect to find in someones loo shelf (and I am not saying that to be mean). You will probably only read this once of twice but I am sure you will have a good giggle each time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gwendolyn Hirschberg on 5 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Bohemian Manifesto is one of my favorite books. Like the Bombshell Manual by the same author, it does not take itself too seriously.
Like exotic butterflies, the different types of bohemian are described and classified. Like a mysterious tribe in a faraway land, their grooming habits, diet and love life are explained. At the same time, the book states that bohemians defy rules and cataloguing by definition.
The Manifesto is by no means a manual how to be bohemian (as the author makes clear, if you need a manual, you already got it wrong), but a joyful, tongue-in-cheek anthropological compendium, with beautiful and funny watercolour illustrations. The pictures alone are worth the money, but who knows, a reader might recognize themselves, their friends, or their dreams of how they would like to live...
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By Eva Paiva on 24 Oct. 2014
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Everything was allright!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
One of My Favorites!! 30 Dec. 2008
By Red Pineapple - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of those books that you can read over and over again. It's not only humorous in its descriptions of Bohemian living, but it's a wonderful escape from the rampant materialism that drives our everyday world. The Bohemian doesn't worry about cleaning or working or any of those things that we think about constantly. Instead, Bohemian life centers on sensual and intellectual pleasures. Instead of "playing the game", they do what they really want to do, whatever that may be, despite the consequences. It's an incredibly seductive image to those like me who are scared of being trapped in the corporate box, which seems to lie in wait for everyone at some point in their lives.

Laren Stover obviously has knowledge of her subject, unlike some other writers who treat Bohemianism academically. Instead of presenting us with a romanticized image of care-free Bohemians, she presents us with the human side of the Bohemians. Although she does not dwell on the downside to to Bohemianism, the picture she paints is no less real. This book does not inspire me with the urge to abandon my home, family, and friends and hit the road with some traveling band of street performers. But it does inspire me to look at my life in a new way, and to adopt ways to live more naturally, outside the confines of the narrowly-defined norms that dictate our behavior, and sometimes even out thoughts. Bohemian Manifesto indeed provides us with a way out. I recommend that everyone read and take from this book something that will rescue them from the trappings of modern society.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A fun read! 1 April 2006
By Dang Special - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is my favorite book. I have read it several times and have taken the little personal quiz at the end at least five times... It's not a book meant to taken seriously...it's not a dictionary or a self-help book or even a true 'field guide' for that matter. Just entertainment. I have never come acorss another book where the author describes things in such delicious ways. I can actullay see, quite vividly, in my head everything that she is describing; colors, shapes, smells, sounds... and the illustrations are simply amazing. A great read for all bohemians, bohemian wannabes or someone who is just simply curious...
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Learn to love art and life here 5 Nov. 2005
By Lisa Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Terrific! If this book had come out when I was 18 (drinking green chartreuse while reading Anais Nin in my dorm room ) I could have spared myself an identity crisis and found a reassuring and wonderful roadmap of lifestyle possibilities.

Instead I had to do it the intuitive way, calling myself a "medieval hippy" when I was, in fact,an emerging part of the Great and Venerable Bohemian Tribe! Give this book to your young artistic friends so they don't just give up and become Goths! Read it with joy if you want to celebrate the magical and often hilarious ways (without means) of the true Bohemians, eternal rebels and stardust children.

Now, as a practicing "BoBomb" (Bohemian Bombshell of course) I bought this book and loved every charming and wry page, especially those with illustrations.(The best books are illustrated, n'est ce pas?) It's refreshing to find a book which puts its values in the right place- measuring one's life by the next trip,creative meal,painting,performance,costume made or poetry read rather than the witless bottom line.

For if you ARE a true Bohemian there is no cure. "Abandon all hope Ye who enter here!" You might never come back, but in the Bohemian Manifesto we have Ms. Stover, Bohemian Scribe, to charmingly navigate the scene of the "divinely seductive" and the "deviant".

I can't help imagining her living in her Greenwich Village walk-up, surrounded by taxidermy, alabaster busts, and maybe a weasel or two. What does she drink? Chartreuse? Absinthe? Or perhaps Champagne....

The Bohemian Manifesto is about living large in a palace of your mind. After reading it you might even be surprised to find yourself, as I did, singing "Vissi D'Arte, Vissi D'Amore" !
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An Art- Rich Lifestyle 30 April 2008
By Samantha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have for a long time considered myself a Bohemian. This book summarized every aspect of the lifestyle beautifully. Yes, there are some cliché's among its pages, and the book is written with a touch of humor, but I find that it doesn't mar the beauty or quality of Ms. Stover's book. It is filled with references to famous Bohemians in history, and lists dozens of unique books, movies, and music that are essential to the culture. The word 'Bohemian' has been commercialized over the years, and mutilated into such phrases as `boho-chic' and whatever else fashion magazines want to advertise, or 20 something's want to buy into. Bohemia was a culture that was the opposite of trends, conformity, or mainstream culture. It was sometimes blissful, sometimes agonizing, but always rich with art and a unique beauty that lingered long after it passed. I believe it's still possible to live a life dedicated to the lifestyle and culture, and this book is a little relic to lend you a helping hand and show you how it's possible.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
La vie de Bohème 30 Nov. 2004
By Theodore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I got this book from a friend for my birthday. She said that I reminded her of the "Dandy" bohemian. I can't believe how perfect and handsome the book is. Being a true bohemian I don't need help in learning what to do but this book is so funny and true. And is very well researched-the author even knew that the Romantic poet Coleridge wrote with his gout medicine when he ran out of ink! I recognize several of my friends in these pages and will be getting them their own copies for Christmas. It makes being an outsider seem normal.

Great artwork, too!
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