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 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 o...

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The Misfit's Manifesto Reviews

  • Abbie

    Not fitting in is a Super Power.

  • Andy Pronti

    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!

  • Jennifer Haupt

    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!

  • Amy

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

  • Wendy Ortiz

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  • Hannah

    "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

    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

    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."

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    I received an arc of this book curtesy of NetGalley and Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lou

    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 @

  • Jon

    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,

    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'm not Yukanavitch's priest nor sponsor. That is not my responsibility.

    Maybe I'm too old for this. Maybe you're not. Maybe someone's bloodletting will make you feel less alone. Maybe then you'll feel less broken. And that's great.

  • Christine

    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 s

    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 society.

  • Peter Derk

    Well, damn.

    ...okay, here's my thing: this book spends a good deal of time defining what a misfit is. And what a misfit is not.

    The book's aim, and I'm betting it'll work for many people, is to tell misfits "You're not alone. There are more of us out there." It's a great thing to do, one of the better things books can do.

    I felt pretty connected to the stories and to the purpose and to good chunks of the writing. But the definitions left me out in the deep water alone.

    And as an issue of personal

    Well, damn.

    ...okay, here's my thing: this book spends a good deal of time defining what a misfit is. And what a misfit is not.

    The book's aim, and I'm betting it'll work for many people, is to tell misfits "You're not alone. There are more of us out there." It's a great thing to do, one of the better things books can do.

    I felt pretty connected to the stories and to the purpose and to good chunks of the writing. But the definitions left me out in the deep water alone.

    And as an issue of personal taste, I didn't love the parts that felt like essays. By which I mean, something that has what feels a little like the messiness of life is contorted to fit into a narrative, a pin too fine is put into it, and we're guided to how we should feel a little too strongly as opposed to seeing something and feeling how we feel. I never once felt like that when I read The Chronology of Water, but I felt like that all over in here.

    For my money, Chronology of Water is the better version of this book. It's the version of this that tells the same story, but it tells you the story without sitting at your elbow and making sure you understood what it was getting at.

    Of course, this is a taste issue. Some people prefer it the other way, and I'm glad they have this option.

    At the end of the day, and then like 3 hours after that because it took me a long time to decide how I felt, the book left me a little hopeless. If I'm being brutally honest, misfits, as delineated in this book, belong to a club. And it's another club I'm not in. It's not the first, it won't be the last, but it's another one, and one I thought I had a shot at. When you can't even be in the misfit club, you have to wonder if there's a club for you at all.

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