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Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Narrative nonfiction

Untamed

by Glennon Doyle

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A memoir jam-packed with life lessons for all the modern feminists struggling to find their place in today’s world.

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    LGBTQ+ themes

Actress Kristen Bell recommends Untamed this month.

Why I love it

Kristen Bell
Actress, Frozen

These days, I am clinging to stories of hope as if they are life rafts. Reading Untamed has helped me course correct the uncertainty, fear, and anxiety that I’m constantly fighting. This book has been my North Star for being vulnerable and self-examination.

Untamed is divided into short, meditative chapters, with titles like “sparks” and “girl gods” and “sandcastles.” Each chapter is a profoundly honest tale from her life. They chart her experience dealing with societal expectations, finding sobriety, and realizing true love and also provide endless food for thought on themes of integrity, self-fulfillment, motherhood, and feminism. I feel lucky to call Glennon a friend and mentor—she is a wry chronicler of her experiences, and she doesn’t shy away from talking about the messy moments, ones in which she is not the hero of the story.

I have gleaned so much knowledge from this book and have absorbed many of her lessons into my molecules. She reminds us that it’s okay to be flawed. It’s okay to go against the grain. It’s okay to speak your truth. I have about a hundred pages earmarked and a thousand lines highlighted, so I can reference her words whenever I need them. She makes me better and I am forever grateful to her for that.

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Synopsis

There is a voice of longing inside every woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good mothers, daughters, partners, employees, citizens, and friends. We believe all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives, relationships, and world, and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful. We hide our simmering discontent—even from ourselves. Until we reach our boiling point.

Four years ago, Glennon Doyle was speaking at a conference when a woman entered the room. Glennon looked at her and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. Soon she realized that they came to her from within.

Glennon was finally hearing her own voice—the voice that had been silenced by decades of cultural conditioning, numbing addictions, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl Glennon had been before the world told her who to be. She vowed to never again abandon herself. She decided to build a life of her own—one based on her individual desire, intuition, and imagination. She would reclaim her true, untamed self.

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both a memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It offers a piercing, electrifying examination of the restrictive expectations women are issued from birth; shows how hustling to meet those expectations leaves women feeling dissatisfied and lost; and reveals that when we quit abandoning ourselves and instead abandon the world’s expectations of us, we become women who can finally look at ourselves and recognize: There She Is.

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  • 12% Dislike
  • Ventura, CA

    I’m not done w/ this book but not because it’s bad—because I’m afraid what I might do if I finish. There are a few highlight-able lines in every chapter that would make great journal prompts. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • West linn, OR

    This book was everything I needed it to be. I found myself saying “YES” out loud! Glendon’s words filled my heart and made me feel so powerful. When I need a pick me up, I’ll be returning to Untamed.

  • Agawam, MA

    Wild • freedom • love • growth • hardships • enlightemment • quiet • stillness • experience • intuition • self-acceptance • true quality of life • lots and lots of crying • untamed

  • Garland, TX

    I can’t explain how much i needed this book right now, how much i’ve needed it all my life. Glennon purse-dumped my brain and then showed me all shit i’ve been carrying. This book was my untangling

  • Martinez, CA

    As a Black woman, I’m usually weary of feminist books, because they usually are geared more towards White women, but I found myself completly enamored with Glennon’s metaphorical writing style.

  • APO, AE

    This was lovely! I don’t read many memoirs but I found myself agreeing and connecting to nearly every story. Faith is discussed but it didn’t come across preachy. Her stance on children is refreshing!

  • Phoenix, AZ

    This book is stunningly transformative. I’ve never re-read a book immediately after finishing it, until now. In fact, there’s so much gold in here that I intend on re-reading it evey year (at least).

  • Los Angeles, CA

    LOVED! What a delightful, important, thought-provoking, funny, intimate read. Like a bible for woman and anyone who wants to disconnect from the societal “norms” that try to define and tame us. ????

  • Dallas, TX

    This is the kind of book a woman should soak up and share with all her friends. Glennon’s lessons on trusting your inner voice and cultivating the courage to be unapologetically yourself are inspiring

  • Modesto, CA

    I have no words- amazing. Found it very pure and FUN to read . Wasn’t able to relate on every level, but had so many moments of “wow that’s so true” Been recommending to everyone! Beautiful!

  • Bothell, WA

    I would genuinely like to frame every page of this incredible book and make it my wallpaper, but instead, I’ll settle for rereading parts of it every damn day. Life changing is an understatement. Woo!

  • Lihue, HI

    Life changing! Flip it open to any page and there is a gem on changing perspective to positive/grateful. Great examples. I highlighted so many passages I had to order a second copy for my daughter. ????

  • Boulder, CO

    I found the beginning of this book a bit repetitive but the second half well made up for it! There is so much good learning in here. It’s a must-read for anyone looking to grow & find their true self!

  • San Diego, CA

    “To be alive is to be in a perpetual state of revolution.” This is a soul-pleasing and life affirming read. I enjoyed the feminist rage and self awareness shown in this book, and the inclusiveness.

  • Bellefonte, PA

    Glennon’s fist cut straight through my chest & held my heart with such love & knowing. I laughed, I cried, I felt seen. I was left wanting to be better but with no self-loathing, only self-compassion.

  • Burlington, MA

    Lots of good stuff in here. I will definitely revisit it again and I’m planning on sending it to a family member with hopes that it will both be helpful for her and that she might understand me better

  • Brooklyn, NY

    This book has brought me such calm, inspiration, and even empowerment during these tough times. It’s like Glennon (I feel like we’re on a first name basis now) knew what I’d been dying to hear...

  • Conshohocken, PA

    I knew I was going to love this book after reading the prologue. I didn’t know I was going to fall more in love with it every page. Absolutely beautiful, thought-provoking, and radicalizing. Amazing.

  • Middleton, WI

    Love this book! I want everyone I know and care about to read it. Such a thought provoking book on so many important levels. Appreciate the author's honesty with herself and others. Very inspiring read

  • Austin, TX

    It’s hard to remember who I was before I read this. Untamed is full of sweet wisdom, with something to offer anyone willing to receive. It was a transformative experience that i’ll cherish always.

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