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 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 Details

TitleThe Misfit's Manifesto
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 5th, 2017
PublisherSimon & Schuster UK
Rating
GenreNonfiction

The Misfit's Manifesto Review

  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    "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 fro "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. She makes a powerful statement on the importance of art and of channeling pain into something greater. She shows how she has found a place in the world, after many many a detour. She shows how her weaknesses can be her strength and the place where beautiful art develops.I think, the main problem for me was that I read it so shortly after the masterpiece that was The Chronology of Water. That book just blew my mind and there was no way a book that is essentially the longform of a TED talk to even come close to its structural brilliance. She also rehashes a lot of that book but in way that creates a narrative - and I thought the strength of her other book was that she did not do that. She told of her life in fragmented, poem-like chapters. This narrative created afterwards feels somehow less true to life.Still, she can spin beautiful sentences like hardly anybody else and her voice and viewpoint is an important one. I adore that she ultimately arrived in a place of strength and how she uses that strength to try and make the world a better one.First sentences: "Misfit. Trust me when I say there is a lot packed into that little word."_____I received an arc of this book curtesy of NetGalley and Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Andy Pronti
    January 1, 1970
    Lidia Yuknavitch gets me! A great little book, based on her incredible TED talk. Lidia teaches us that there are other misfits out there (more 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!
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    Within this book we have a misfit of an author.She had walked through darkness more 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 ot Within this book we have a misfit of an author.She had walked through darkness more 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, feel counted and endure.Many voices of misfittery telling their misfit realm, nine not including the author, they are those of Jason, Sean, Mary, Jordan, Domi, Zach, Melissa, Althea, and Melanie.Essential necessary reading that will stay with you and have you prisoner for one sitting from beginning to end that wouldn’t take more than 2-3 hours the most.Review with excerpts @ https://more2read.com/review/misfits-manifesto-lidia-yuknavitch/
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I cried in public reading this book. Unbelievably moving and powerful, especially if you've ever felt like a social outsider.
  • Jennifer Haupt
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Wendy Ortiz
    January 1, 1970
    😭⚡🎆❤ 😭⚡️🎆❤️
  • Ashley Wolpers
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book through a goodreads 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 I won this book through a goodreads 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 behavior that endangers yourself or others. I understand that bad things happen and we all deal with those things differently, but please don't rationalize your self-sabotaging behaviors saying that that was your path and you wouldn't be where you are without those experiences. All I can say is thank you for not killing yourself or others. Having said that, I think the takeaway message of this book is choose self-expression not self-destruction. I'm thankful there is an outlet for everyone whether it be art or music, etc. and I'm glad Yuknavitch and her contributors are creating a welcoming, nurturing and nonjudgemental community for other 'misfits.' May we all endeavor to do our best.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    Yuknavitch examines what it means to be a misfit and how misfits navigate through life. She introduces a cadre of different voices to given meaning to her own story, by reflecting back on their own struggles. Reading this inspired me to take up pen and paper again. Lidia Yuknavitch has yet to go wrong with her writing and this short selection will certainly be loved and embraced by her fans. She is nothing short of phenomenal.
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