Never Sit If You Can Dance: Lessons from My Mother by Jo Giese | #BookReview

There have been a lot of reading out of my comfort zone this year, and I do not seem to tire. I feel quite lucky that I get to experiment with myself and push myself to read things that I normally wouldn’t read and discover gems along the way and Never sit if you can dance is one of them.

Genre: Non-Fiction
Year Of Publication: 23/04/2019
Publisher: She Writes Press
Pages: 144
My rating: 5 stars

“Jo’s mother, Babe, liked to drink, dance, and stay up very late. When the husband she adored went on sales calls, she waited for him in the parking lot, embroidering pillowcases. Jo grew up thinking that the last thing she wanted was to be like her mother. Then it dawned on her that her own happiness was derived in large part from lessons Babe had taught her. Her mother might have had tomato aspic and stewed rhubarb in her fridge, while Jo had organic kale and almond milk in hers, but in more important ways they were much closer in spirit than Jo had once thought.” [Goodreads Blurb]

Never sit if you can dance took me emotionally hostage and I found myself sinking into the memories of Jo and her awesome mother Babe. I was not expecting the depth of the emotion pouring from these pages so I was caught unawares. These lessons were beautifully written to encapsulate the essence of Babe’s life and the things she lived by.

Through Babe’s life lessons, we learn more about Jo and Babe’s life in an up-beat, friendly style even when things got tough. I couldn’t put it down and devoured it in two reading sessions and the ending almost left me in tears with the strength of my emotions. After finishing reading this I started thinking what I can do different, what I can do to live more in the moment, to express myself . It is difficult to express how I ended up feeling sad and uplisted at the same time.


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