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The Misfit's Manifesto By Lidia Yuknavitch The Misfit s Manifesto Misfit it s such a literal word A person who missed fitting in a person who fits in badly or a person poorly adapted to a new environment It s a word typically loaded with shame A word no one typical

  • Title: The Misfit's Manifesto
  • Author: Lidia Yuknavitch
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  • Page: 115
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  • The Misfit's Manifesto By Lidia Yuknavitch Misfit it s such a literal word A person who missed fitting in, a person who fits in badly or a person poorly adapted to a new environment It s a word typically loaded with shame A word no one typically tries to own Until now Lidia Yuknavitch is a proud misfit That wasn t always the case It took her a long time to appreciate her misfit status Having dropped out oMisfit it s such a literal word A person who missed fitting in, a person who fits in badly or a person poorly adapted to a new environment It s a word typically loaded with shame A word no one typically tries to own Until now Lidia Yuknavitch is a proud misfit That wasn t always the case It took her a long time to appreciate her misfit status Having dropped out of college twice, with two failed marriages under her belt, an episode of rehab for drug use and two stints in jail, Lidia felt like she would never fit in and become the writer she wanted to be Today, Lidia is a successful teacher and writer and a mother and wife But she is still, unquestionably, a misfit.The Misfit s Manifesto is for anyone who has ever felt like she was messing up like she doesn t fit in or can t find the right path It s a love letter to the misfits In her charming, funny and frank style, Lidia will reveal why being a misfit is not something to overcome but something to embrace She encourages her fellow misfits to stand up and ask for the things they want the most Misfits belong in the room too.
    The Misfit's Manifesto By Lidia Yuknavitch

    The Misfit s Manifesto TED Books Yuknavitch, Lidia 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. The Misfit s Manifesto Book by Lidia Yuknavitch 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. The Misfit s Manifesto by Lidia Yuknavitch 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. The Misfits Manifesto Powell s Books Brilliant writer Lidia Yuknavitch brings us a powerful field guide to living the life of the misfit proudly Based on her wildly popular TED talk, The Misfit s Manifesto is searingly frank, funny, and intensely inspiring A potent call to arms for misfits everywhere Recommended By Gigi L Powells The Misfit s Manifesto by Lidia Yuknavitch, Hardcover Oct , 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 TED Book The Misfit s Manifesto TED Books library TED By reclaiming and celebrating the word misfit, this manifesto makes a powerful case for not fitting in for recognizing the beauty, and difficulty, in forging an original path.

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    1. Hannah on said:

      When did we forget that we are not the stories we tell ourselves I admire Lidia Yuknavitch for her honesty, her brilliance, her resilience and for her genius way of writing Having just finished The Chronology of Water I couldn t not read this This book does exactly what it says on the tin It is a manifesto for about misfits Lidia Yuknavitch uses her own experience as well as the experiences of fellow misfits to paint a picture of what being a misfit can mean and what we all can learn from them S [...]

    2. Jon on said:

      This is not a manifesto This is someone trying to lighten their burden by pouring out their heart And then employing a lot of their friends to write paragraphs about how broken they are or were As a result, it s a rambling and repetitive list of sorrows pinned on everyone s chests like participation medals for the 135 page it lasts.I want to express my dislike for this book without being mean All I can really say is that it wasn t for me It felt like my job was to sit passively and listen, but I [...]

    3. Amy on said:

      I cried in public reading this book Unbelievably moving and powerful, especially if you ve ever felt like a social outsider.

    4. Andy Pronti on said:

      Lidia Yuknavitch gets me A great little book, based on her incredible TED talk Lidia teaches us that there are other misfits out there than you would think , and that we all have a story to tell You are the only one who can tell your story Lidia also introduces us to other misfit authors that I ll definitely have to look into A great read Highly recommended

    5. Elizabeth on said:

      Powerful Special A marvel This is my first encounter with reading Yuknavitch and I d definitely like to read It s such a pean to the power of expression and the necessity of embracing yourself whole One quote for posterity We have to keep telling our stories, giving them to each other, or they will eat us alive.

    6. Anna on said:

      I found The Misfit s Manifesto in the library catalogue while searching for Lidia Yuknavitch s novel The Book of Joan It s a short book based on a TED talk, which I haven t seen In it, Yuknavitch describes the nature of being a misfit an outcast from society, usually as a consequence of past traumas She argues that those who cannot fit into normal social roles should embrace their misfit status and that non misfits should offer empathy rather than mere sympathy She recounts her own tragedies and [...]

    7. Lou on said:

      Within this book we have a misfit of an author.She had walked through darkness than anyone would wish and been through loss, her voice flows with empathy and lucidity, omitting all sorts of needless words in a work of one memorable misfit and other misfits legacies full of needed words and needed people in this place called earth.Unconventionality and the misfit, with all the heartfelt struggles and tragedies coupled with inspirational lines of advice, getting back up, onward and helping others [...]

    8. Sherri on said:

      Why can t I manage to follow basic social rules of behavior Why do institutions piss me off so much Why does male authority make me want to throw up or fight to the death Why do I make a mess exactly when things are finally looking ordered

    9. Cheri on said:

      This is a short book based on a TED talk It s very interesting, and wrought unexpectedly strong emotions I may not have suffered the same kinds of depths many of Yuknavitch s misfits have, but just the same I identify with the concept of not fully belonging in the world This is in no way comprehensive, but it s a beginning.

    10. Daryle on said:

      This book is told through the lens of misfits who have experienced abuse, trauma, or profound suffering, though I don t believe you HAVE to have suffered to be a misfit Sometimes we just have an inability to fit in comfortably to use the author s words.I love this author She tells her own story here which is filled with pain but she comes out a brilliant teller of stories I love that she is based in Portland, where I call home I always say that Portland is where you can go to fit in when you don [...]

    11. Jennifer Haupt on said:

      I read this book cover to cover in two hours It s a little gem like sitting down and having coffee with the author Anyone who has ever felt like a misfit, especially a creative misfit, will feel better after reading Thank you, Lidia

    12. MelanieHilliard on said:

      My rating 2.75 stars While I appreciate Yuknavitch s honesty about her failures and even admire her ability to persevere despite it all, this short manifesto seemed like a drawn out therapy session writ large I agree with her assertion that we re not the stories we as in the collective we of society tell ourselves and that we need empathy, especially for the homeless and downtrodden But the book just seemed repetitive and the first person stories she shares from her fellow misfits are just ano [...]

    13. Graeme Roberts on said:

      I would normally avoid the Self Obsession genre, but I picked this book up at the library because it was small and quick to read toward my Challenge goal, and it was published by TED.Short as it is, it is an epic of self pity, with some suggestion that Ms Yuknavitch experienced a catharsis by having overcome terrible setbacks, most of which seem to have been of her own making A blurb on the front cover from Kirkus Reviews describes it as, A beautifully written field guide to being weird She does [...]

    14. Katie on said:

      Very poetic rumination on what it means not to fit where you re expected to fit Yuknavitch has had a rough life, and writes about it frankly and with great forgiveness and love.

    15. Christine on said:

      I love the power of memoir, and this is a raw and eloquent account through the author s journey of living life as a social outcast or misfit Unfortunately, perhaps because the book is based on a TED talk, the book seems to be missing a cohesive narrative backbone and instead reads as a series of isolated essays That aside, there is still a lot of richness in the author s account, and the narratives of others she shares, of living life on the fringes of acceptability in American culture and socie [...]

    16. Lee on said:

      I was initially attracted to this book for it s title and as a panacea to all the self help books out there that are squeaky clean There are a few interesting concept here, but this is mostly an extremely subjective tale of one person s journey through abuse, pain and self discovery Verging, but not quite entering, the realm of the self indulgent, it was interesting I would save the money and watch her TED talk

    17. Riva Sciuto on said:

      This book comes highly recommended by Cheryl Strayed, so of course I picked it up and devoured it immediately Lidia Yuknavitch offers a unique perspective not only on what it means to be a misfit, but on the immeasurable impact misfits can have on the world around them Misfits are everything, she writes The world needs us She narrates from the perspective of someone who has suffered from childhood abuse, addiction, two divorces, rehabilitation, incarceration, and the tragic death of her newborn [...]

    18. E. D.Watson on said:

      I would give this book 3.5 stars if I could, but I m rounding up because it is beautifully written and also because the first half of it produced for me some pretty profound realizations about myself and others The second half of the book lost steam or maybe I d just realized all there was to realize about misfittery My biggest complaint is how possessive Yuknavitch is of the term misfit, like being a misfit is Masons for weirdos She s adamant that not everyone is a misfit, but I work at a publi [...]

    19. Kelsey on said:

      This was a quick but wonderful read Lidia does an amazing job of exploring this idea of misfits , and its connection to trauma, and also unearthing the misfit in all of us I also love how she wove in other essays from other people to provide a wonderful amalgamation of perspectives and narratives on the subject I found it particularly resonated with me in how I could see some of it in my clients I will let Lidia s own words speak for themselves though There are some passages in this book that pa [...]

    20. Bob Henry on said:

      This is a rare book filled with insight, tragedy, and hope I first heard Lidia Yuknavitch on NPR I was so moved by her interview that I pulled my car off the road on my way home from work to order this book The vulnerability and transparency is both breathtaking and refreshing Lidia has given us a primer for seeing with new eyes not only our own misfit ways, but also the misfits around us I found myself reading this book devotionally, taking a chapter a day and often re reading chapters over and [...]

    21. Taube on said:

      Women s lives, bodies, and experiences don t fit the archetypal hero s journey Neither do the bodies, lives, and experiences of people of color Neither Native Americans nor African American can track their mythos through this journey, for instance, since they were treated as the raw material through which the hero passed in order to forge a new world Nor do the lives, bodies and experiences of poor people, recovering or not addicts, people who struggle with mental health issues, prisoners, war v [...]

    22. Natasha on said:

      I d give this a 4.5.This is a book about people who don t fit in obviously While it is never stated or alluded to in the book, today s misfit is the mystic, fool, madman, wisewoman, trickster, et al of yesteryear Our paths through life don t fit well, and our vision is usually fixed to a different wavelength We re trailblazers into new emotional, intellectual, physical and creative territories There s typically a high social price for that.What I love about this book is that it documents and sha [...]

    23. Ashley Wolpers on said:

      I won this book through a giveaway and I was excited to read about misfits However, this book let me know my definition of a misfit is inaccurate Yuknavitch and her fellow contributors do a thorough job explaining what exactly they think a misfit is I am not a misfit according to the definitions set out in this book and therefore I felt less prepared to deal with the serious nature of this book I have nothing but empathy for others plight in life, but I find it hard to rationalize destructive be [...]

    24. Alan Kercinik on said:

      Lisia Yuknavitch takes great pains to explain herself and her language A misfit isn t the kind of person who feels lonely sometimes Or occasionally shunned Or wears crazy socks to works.A misfit is something fundamental, a person who can t seem to find a place, no matter how hard s he choose to try And who maybe doesn t want to fit in, because s he disagrees with so much of conventional wisdom that s he doesn t want to fit in.Be that as it may This slim volume is worth reading to hear her story [...]

    25. James on said:

      I read Yuknavitch sChronology of Water which is an intense, disturbing, hard to read, wonderful memoir about a woman overcoming abuse and addiction and making her way in the world This is of a self help book, but subversive Yuknavitch doesn t lay out a standard plan for a successful life journey, but tells her story and highlights other misfits whose life journey goes sideways, and that s okay Yaknavitch is totally secular and eschews the myth of redemptive suffering a la Jesus and Mother There [...]

    26. Robert Helfst on said:

      You know how sometimes the perfect piece of art finds you exactly when you need it That was this book for me Yuknavitch masterfully grapples with what it means to be a misfit and how that informs the trajectory of one s life as she examines her own life, losses, and mistakes that led her to where she is today Peppered with insight and personal accounts from other weirdos and misfits, The Misfit s Manifesto is sure to transform and save lives Yuknavitch is a treasure unerring in her bravery and c [...]

    27. Sarah on said:

      This is a short book It never really got off the ground for me I either wanted misfit theory or of Yuknavitch s story which she alludes to a lot hit doesn t really delve into She elides being a misfit with her own experience of grief a little too much I would have preferred about how becoming a misfit is adaptive for people There are first person accounts here from other misfits here too, all of which are really agonizing hard times stories Like it felt like a book about perseverance Also lo [...]

    28. Barry Cochran on said:

      Add me to the group who cried while reading this book I read it in one sitting after two am on a hazy PNW night I checked it out from the St Johns library, but will have to buy a paper copy which I almost never do any There s just too much that s highlightable Everytime Yuknavitch described a trauma that seemed too far out, too unrelatable, I suddenly remembered an equally far out trauma from my own life Not all of us misfits look like misfits, but, man, I related to so much in this book.

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