It's Great to Suck at Something: The Unexpected Joy of Wiping Out and What It Can Teach Us about Patience, Resilience, and the Stuff That Really Matte


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Atria Books
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6.2 X 1.0 X 9.3 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Karen Rinaldi has worked in the publishing industry for over two decades. In 2012, she founded the imprint Harper Wave at HarperCollins. The feature film Maggie's Plan, is based on her novel The End of Men. Karen has been published in The New York Times,, Time, Literary Hub,, and other publications. She lives in New York and New Jersey with her husband and two sons.


"Rinaldi's remarkable anti self-help book is soulful, smart, and funny. I dare you to step away from this book unmoved to do something sucky with your life. I'm overwhelmed by love for this wholly original work that is destined to become a classic."--Susannah Cahalan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire
"A goofy yet wise celebration of taking joy in passions instead of talents. Making 'a case for discomfort' and the life-affirming practice of 'transcending our usefulness, ' [. . .] Rinaldi's seductive lessons and 'embrace of messiness and incompleteness' will inspire readers looking to spark personal change."--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"To live happy lives, we need to live in an atmosphere of growth--to feel that we're learning, teaching, helping, or creating. But an atmosphere of growth often means accepting that . . . we suck at something! In this thought-provoking, engaging examination, Karen Rinaldi explains how our lives are more satisfying and rich when we give ourselves the opportunity to experiment, struggle, and play."--Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Outer Order, Inner Calm
"Karen Rinaldi may suck at many things, but writing books is not one of them. Never has there been a more eloquent explanation that true happiness lies in going far, far outside your comfort zone. This fascinating, funny, and important ode to risking failure and being bold has inspired me to suck at many new activities and provides a much-needed screed against the dangers of perfectionism (which is why I'm not even going to proofread this blurb)."--A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and Thanks a Thousand
"Rinaldi's book feels more like a movement than just another self-help guide. . . . The book is lighthearted but intimately introspective; the overarching message is empowering without being cheesy."--Washington Post
"Show[s] how joy and growth come from risking failure and letting go of perfectionism."--Wall Street Journal