Mad About Hue: A Memoir in Living Color by Eleyne-Mari Sharp

Hue

I won this book from the author in a contest. I was attracted to the title and description. I have always been someone who needs color in their life. My homes have always had rooms painted in different colors. My yellow kitchen makes me happy and my green bathroom is relaxing (but my daughter’s 6 shades of purple bedroom is a little too busy for me). Whenever it is time to move every realtor has told me to repaint everything beige – and every time I say no – and luckily every house has sold quickly – sometimes because the buyer remembers my slate living room or yellow kitchen among all the beige homes they have seen. But even with all of this, I had never given color any strong thoughts – it was just the way I lived. This book, which says memoir, is that but it is also a guide to adding or considering the colors in your life and the effects they can have on your moods.

In addition to memories and short stories from the author the chapters also include ones on Exercise – things you can work on to enhance your life and Meditation – ideas to contemplate to enhance you mental health.

I think this would make an excellent audio book as the sections on meditation would have been even more enjoyable if someone was reading it to me so I could visualize at the same time. This author has done a really nice job of making the reader think about color and its powerful effects.

To buy this book, check out the Author’s Website HERE.

SUMMARY

“As a child, my favorite colors were Pink, Red, Magenta, Midnight Blue, and Thistle. But there were some crayons I didn’t like at all, mainly Flesh and Burnt Umber, which I thought were just plain gross.”

Color therapist Eleyne-Mari Sharp has been mad about hue ever since she discovered crayons.

For hours she would lie on her stomach with her feet pointing skyward, immersed in her own little coloring world of castles and horses and everything girly. She knew color was fun, but had no idea it was an ancient healing tool, nor that she would one day set an intention to color the world.

As a military brat, Sharp was born to adapt, but often felt like “a walking collection of shattered glass with bits of crazy color churning inside me.” In “Mad About Hue: A Memoir in Living Color,” she sheds light on her role as a daughter, sister, wife, survivor, and visionary as she reminisces about her color connection with an Italian villa, baseball field, country farmstand, Scottish festival, beauty pageant, haunted mansion, Rhode Island marina, holistic fair, sailors’ chapel, German jail cell, and more.

“Mad About Hue” is a memory kaleidoscope with a colorful new scenario in every chapter. In addition to over thirty essays, Sharp invites you to explore the power of color with a bonus section of meditations and exercises.

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