The Misfit's Manifesto


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Simon & Schuster/ Ted
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5.4 X 0.8 X 7.1 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the National Bestselling novel The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award's Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader's Choice Award, the novel Dora: A Headcase, and three books of short stories. Her widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader's Choice. She founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing in Portland Oregon, where she also teaches Women's Studies, Film Studies, Writing, and Literature. She received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon. She lives in Oregon with her husband Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son, Miles. She is a very good swimmer.


"A beautifully written field guide to being weird."--Kirkus
"The antidote to feeling alienated is to find one's tribe and stand together. Lidia Yuknavitch defines and offers a shared space for everyone ever labeled 'oddball, ' 'weirdo' or 'freak.' Hard-earned sparks of wisdom spring off every page. A love letter to non-conformity, this book is going to change lives."--Hope Edelman, New York Times bestselling author of Motherless Daughters
"Hold your breath, steady your stance, and dive into The Misfit's Manifesto, an immersive, stunning splash of poetic rage. More investigative memoir than manifesto, this small book roars in Yuknavitch's big voice, demanding compassion, justice, and love for those who, like the author, choose (or are forced) to take the long view only visible from society's margins."--Meredith Maran, The New Old Me

"IF THE ROAD YOU CAME IN ON LED THROUGH SEVERAL HELLS and you walked it more alone than you'd ever want anyone to be, if you were a wolf who chewed off her own leg to escape where you started out, if you paved the road with broken things and crawled in on your knees, this is your book, full of your people. Welcome home."--REBECCA SOLNIT, author of Hope in the Dark
"I CRIED WHEN I READ LIDIA YUKNAVITCH'S THE MISFIT'S MANIFESTO. Lidia has created a safe space for those of us who have never fit in, for whom the world often seems an impossible place. This remarkable book is a house for people who didn't believe they had a home."--STEPHEN ELLIOTT, author of The Adderall Diaries
"THE BEST CHARACTERS ARE MISFITS. Lidia Yuknavitch is a conduit for these voices. The ultimate misfit, she's a seer and a seed, brave and tender, humble and humanitarian, a poet in the ancient sense of the word. Thank the stars for her. And this book."--SARAH GERARD, author of Sunshine State
"THIS BOOK WILL SAVE LIVES."--CHELSEA CAIN, New York Times bestselling author
"THIS BOOK IS NOTHING LESS THAN A LIFE-CHANGER. Lidia Yuknavitch is a miracle of a writer who makes you see the messes we make as a deeper, richer, more ravishing way of being alive together."--CAROLINE LEAVITT, author of Cruel Beautiful World and the New York Times bestseller Pictures of You
"Fellow misfits, breathe a sigh of relief: We're not alone. In fact, we have a proud standard-bearer in Lidia Yuknavitch, who eloquently mounts this appreciation of the weird, the maladapted, and the outsider-identifying. Drawing from her own history--of flunk-outs, divorce, drug use, and failure--Yuknavitch encourages oddballs to smell the strange roses."--ELLE