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Summary

A self-defined misfit makes a powerful case for not fitting in - for recognizing the beauty, and difficulty, in forging an original path.

A misfit is a person who missed fitting in, a person who fits in badly, or this: a person who is poorly adapted to new situations and environments. It's a shameful word, a word no one typically tries to own. Until now.

Lidia Yuknavitch is a proud misfit. That wasn't always the case. It took Lidia a long time to not simply accept but appreciate her misfit status. Having flunked out of college twice (and maybe even a third time that she's not going to tell you about), with two epic divorces under her belt, an episode of rehab for drug use, and two stints in jail, she felt like she would never fit in. She was a hopeless misfit. She'd failed as daughter, wife, mother, scholar - and yet the dream of being a writer was stuck like "a small sad stone" in her throat.

The feeling of not fitting in is universal. The Misfit's Manifesto is for misfits around the world - the rebels, the eccentrics, the oddballs, and anyone who has ever felt like she was messing up. It's Lidia's love letter to all those who can't ever seem to find the "right" path. She won't tell you how to stop being a misfit - quite the opposite. In her charming, poetic, funny, and frank style, Lidia will reveal why being a misfit is not something to overcome but something to embrace. Lidia also encourages her fellow misfits not to be afraid of pursuing goals and tells them how to stand up, how to ask for the things they want most. Misfits belong in the room, too, she reminds us, even if their path to that room is bumpy and winding. An important idea that transcends all cultures and countries, this book has created a brave and compassionate community for misfits, a place where everyone can belong.

Full cast of narrators includes Jordan Foster, Domi Shoemaker, and Mary Thompson.

©2017 Lidia Yuknavitch. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Interesting premise

I was intrigued by the potential subject matter, but the narration by the individual speakers, and more specifically the lead narrator are very.
Everyone sounds like drugged up hippies.

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  • janice r rose
  • 07-01-18

Best book of human liberation

This book is a heal-from-within where a Victor Frankel-meets-real life victims and if they agree to “serve the time” they are liberated into the same world that tried to lock them up but— NOW THEY’RE FREE and their purpose is to set others free thru the common pain with all experience. The content and quality is beyond great!

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  • DS Hearn
  • 27-10-17

it should be required reading

A necessary, timely book. Every word, every voice are important. Misfit or not, read it.

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  • Tiffany Posey
  • 14-07-18

Read it.

Life changing and deeply inspiring. Misfits are brilliant. Lidia is a life changing author. Read and share

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  • D. Jean Fournier Smith
  • 26-05-18

Beautiful

This is it - this is all of it in words. Such an important book for anyone who has ever felt as if they don’t fit.


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  • Allie Larkin
  • 19-05-18

Brilliant!

Full of kindness and understanding. Wise and thoughtful. Vital. I am so thankful for this book.