February 27, 2017

Emma Watson picks 'Women Who Run With the Wolves' for Our Shared Shelf




Dear Our Shared Shelf,

When WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES was first published in 1993, it created a furore about the idea of the Wild Woman archetype and how women had lost our connection to our natural, instinctual selves. Jungian psychoanalyst, poet, and keeper of old stories Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ book went to sell over 2 million copies, but today her fascinating book is rarely discussed. Estes’ ideas are both ancient and completely new. She points to storytelling, our ancient narratives, as a way for women to reconnect to the Wild Woman all women have within themselves, but have lost.

As a young girl growing up in northern Michigan, Estes felt most at home in the woods where she often heard wolves howling. Instead of scaring her, the animals’ cries comforted her in a way she was later able to express in this book. Wolves and women share many qualities: playfulness, strength, curiosity, bravery, they are adaptive, and each care deeply for their young. But both wolves and women have suffered a similar fate of being hounded, harassed, exhausted, marginalized, accused of being devious and of little value. How does one reconnect with our deepest, most true selves when today’s world demands us to conform to ridiculous expectations? Estes retells ancient myths and fairy tales from around the world and in doing so shines a light on a path which leads us back to our natural state --- and help us restore the power we carry within us.

Emma x

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Look how gorgeous Emma looks, and even if she had a little less makeup and you could see all her freckles...she looks so young

Hazel said...

I know why I always said:

Ich mag Emmas Buchclub !

Alex said...

Oh, I've seen this book

Anonymous said...

Meow !

Ross Taggart said...

Read and review www.goodreads.com/oursharedshelf

Anonymous said...

Nice Kitty!

Anonymous said...

She has a natural beauty. She does not need make-up. Make-up really do not enhance her natural beauty, rather makes her look fake. When she wears bright red lipstick grrr...

Ross Taggart said...

She is by any measure a beautiful woman she does not have to be defined by that but it is a fact.

Anonymous said...

If she is still in China she should make a point. But she is as usual tucked safely away in her 6 star hotel room.......

Anonymous said...




women who run with the wolves; women who growl and forget who they are.

Anonymous said...

Says an anonymous person who is safely sitting behind his/her computer (or phone or w/e) ;)

Anonymous said...

Niedlicher kleiner Frechdachs.