I did some digging to find about more about how First There Is a Mountain has been received. Colette LaBouff Atkinson speaks highly of the book in Identity Theory: “She’s nourished first through her understanding of Iyengar, and then through her search for a practice that suits her. The book is as much a lesson in how to absorb the world as it is informative.” She says that Kadetsky’s book is hard to stick in a genre, that it pulls across personal, journalistic and academic boundaries. In the ultimate compliment, Atkinson says that the book reversed her resistance to yoga.
MetroActive has an interview with Kadetsky and an extract from the book.
Kadetsky had a chapter in the book, How We Live Our Yoga: Teachers and Practitioners on How Yoga Enriches, Surprises, and Heals Us, edited by Valerie Jeremijenko (Beacon Press). “coming apart in pune” is about taking classes in India from B. K. S. Iyengar. Only part of the chapter is online, but probably lays out the same themes as in the book. Hachette Book Group bought out WB Books and the book and its sample chapter have disappeared.