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Yoko Ono


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback, Spanish (5/30/2014)


“It’s nearly 50 years ago that my book of conceptual instructions Grapefruit was first published. In these pages I’m picking up where I left off. After each day of sharing the instructions you should feel free to question, discuss, and/or report what your mind tells you. I’m just planting the seeds. Have fun.” —Yoko Ono

Legendary avant-garde icon Yoko Ono has inspired generations of artists and performers. In Acorn, she offers enchanting and thought-provoking exercises that open our eyes—and all of our senses—to more creative and mindful ways of relating to ourselves, each other, and the planet we cohabit. Throughout this beautifully designed book are 100 black-and-white line drawings by Yoko. Like this legendary woman herself, the book is wildly original, stimulating, and hard to label: Call it purposeful play, call it brain poetry, call it guided motivation, call it Zen-like incantations, call it whatever you want. But read it. Acorn may change the way you experience the world.

Praise For Acorn

“One of performance art’s royalty.” —Roberta Smith, The New York Times

“She’s my idol.” —Lady Gaga

“Part meditation, part artwork, sprinkled with her signature statements of peace and tranquility . . . A tantalizing slice of Ono’s life views.” —The Huffington Post

“As always with Ono, the playfulness disguises a deeper purpose, which has to do with being present, with seeing things in a different way.” —Los Angeles Times

Algonquin Books, 9781616203771, 216pp.

Publication Date: November 19, 2013

About the Author

Yoko Ono is an artist and political activist known for her work in avant-garde art, music, and filmmaking. She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Hiroshima Art Prize for her dedication to peace activism. Her previous books include Grapefruit and An Invisible Flower. She lives in New York City. Her website is