On Being Human

A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard
Narrated by: Jennifer Pastiloff
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (392 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An inspirational memoir about how Jennifer Pastiloff's years of waitressing taught her to seek out unexpected beauty, how hearing loss taught her to listen fiercely, how being vulnerable allowed her to find love, and how imperfections can lead to a life full of wild happiness.

Centered around the touchstone stories Jen tells in her popular workshops, On Being Human is the story of how a starved person grew into the exuberant woman she was meant to be all along by battling the demons within and winning.

Jen did not intend to become a yoga teacher, but when she was given the opportunity to host her own retreats, she left her 13-year waitressing job and said “yes”, despite crippling fears of her inexperience and her own potential. After years of feeling depressed, anxious, and hopeless, in a life that seemed to have no escape, she healed her own heart by caring for others. She has learned to fiercely listen despite being nearly deaf, to banish shame attached to a body mass index, and to rebuild a family after the debilitating loss of her father when she was eight. Through her journey, Jen conveys the experience most of us are missing in our lives: being heard and being told, “I got you.”

Exuberant, triumphantly messy, and brave, On Being Human is a celebration of happiness and self-realization over darkness and doubt. Her complicated yet imperfectly perfect life path is an inspiration to live outside the box and to reject the all-too-common belief of “I am not enough”. Jen will help listeners find, accept, and embrace their own vulnerability, bravery, and humanness. 

On Being Human is beautiful and tender, profound and absorbing. I never wanted to put it down. In writing with such clarity and honesty about her jagged path to becoming, Jennifer Pastiloff has told the story of not only herself, but so many of us. I was consoled by this book and also inspired. On every page I felt the presence and the power of Pastiloff’s brave and gigantic heart. This is a book friends will tell friends they have to read for years to come. It’s an important, enthralling debut.” (Cheryl Strayed)

©2019 Jennifer Pastiloff (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“In this candid memoir, Manifest-Station blogger Pastiloff transforms from a troubled restaurant server at a celebrity haunt in Santa Monica, Calif., into a yoga teacher and maven for self-discovery.... Readers feeling stuck in their lives will devour this inspiring story of a woman finding her way.” (Publishers Weekly)

“This is an openhearted, therapeutic journey that's perhaps a little like one of Pastiloff's workshops in book form.” (Booklist)

“I devoured On Being Human in one sitting - nodding, laughing and connecting from the first word to the last. Jen Pastiloff is a brave and vulnerable leader whose book will help people take a deep breath, recognize themselves, and understand each other. What more can we ask of a book?” (Glennon Doyle, author of number-one New York Times best-seller Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising) 

“Jen Pastiloff is the only human ray of sunshine who could ever make me earnestly consider incorporating unpalatable things like ‘manifesting joy’ and ‘listening’ (UGH) into my life. This book is a treasure.” (Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty

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What a beautiful memoir.

My heart is cracked open. What a memoir! Ugh I want to hug Jen. I love that she is the voice of the book. I feel such a connection. So authentic on being human. You have open the road to be honest and authentic. Thank you! Thank you for being a walking thank you and not being an asshole! I will cherish your book close to my heart. Amazing job Jen!

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You won't regret reading this, I promise!

Loved the truth and realness of this book. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Wow!

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outstanding

absolutely incredible book. motivation and love! I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

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SO BEAUTIFUL!

Loved this memoir and Jen Pastiloff! Can't wait to meet her and attend one of her retreats. I am human, thank you.

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Awe inspiring ❤️

To know you aren’t alone in the world is an amazing thing ... we are imperfect humans and Jennifer reminds us of that through this journey with her. Reminds us that is ok. Forever changed after this journey THANK YOU ❤️

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Love love loved On Being Human

Listening to this book being told by Jennifer Pastiloff was the perfect way to listen and listen hard to her story. The passion and real ness of her life shines ever so brightly. Highly recommend this book. Thank you for telling us your story.

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Absolutely THE Best

The best book I have ever listened to! The poet description of detail was raw, beautiful and powerful. Thank you!!

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Loved the honesty

Narrator/Author is an excellent storyteller. Connected immediately to what she speaking about based on our closeness in age.

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A Must Read!

Loved the honesty of this book! Are you honest enough to read it? Applicable to everyone who has ever lived.

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Authentic and personal

Good story and somewhat relatable. Has something for everyone to think about. Everyone should try yoga!