Nonfiction Short Take: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

Very strong first week sales for this book which is based on the author’s blog. He has a strong online following and there’s coverage in the The New York Daily News, Forbes, Mother Jones,, Bustle,, Huffington Post, and a number of influential blogs.

The flippant in-your-face title belies what Kirkus calls a “guide to living with integrity and finding happiness in sometimes-painful places.” His fans are numerous include Elizabeth Gilbert who has talked Manson up on Facebook. I think you can expect some of those fans to walk into your bookstore looking for it.

“Popular blogger Manson criticizes self-help books for their fundamentally flawed approach of telling readers they’re special, assuring them that they can surpass—but, notably, not solve—problems, and encouraging them to embrace their exceptionalism. The author sternly disagrees, showing readers ‘how to pick and choose what matters to you and what does not matter to you based on finely honed values.’….Throughout, the author continually slaps readers sharply across the face, using blunt, funny, and deceptively offhand language when expanding on his key principle: ‘Not giving a fuck does not mean being indifferent; it means being comfortable with being different….There’s absolutely nothing admirable or confident about indifference. People who are indifferent are lame and scared….This book, full of counterintuitive suggestions that often make great sense, is a pleasure to read and worthy of rereading.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (9780062457714) by Mark Manson. $24.99 hardcover. 9/13/16 on sale.


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