Yeah, No. Not Happening.: How I Found Happiness Swearing Off Self-Improvement and Saying F*ck It All--And How You Can Too

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Harper Wave
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5.6 X 7.7 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Karen Karbo's first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Village Voice Top Ten Book of the Year. Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, was a New York Times Notable Book, a People magazine critics' choice, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, The New York Times, and She lives in Portland, Oregon.


"If you've ever risen at dawn to make a kale smoothie before rushing off to exercise class, I recommend you turn off your alarm, go back to sleep, and reach for this book when you wake up. Yeah, No. Not Happening is part personal story, part historical record, and part cheery, chiding manifesto for all the women who find the siren call of self improvement too strong to resist. But resist we must, and Karbo has shown us how."--Kristin Van Ogtrop, author of Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom
"Yeah, No. Not Happening rallies all women to turn away from commodified self-improvement and toward our own imaginations, intelligence, creativity, and agency. What if radicalizing self-worth means we already know who we are and that we're ready to do something about it, with the flex of our minds rather than our money? Karbo is the only beauty or bath bomb we need right now. I'm in."--Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Misfit's Manifesto and Verge
"Free yourselves! This book is a hilarious and refreshing look at the absurd things we do in the name of self-improvement and personal growth. And for what?! Read this, let go of the bullsh*t, and come as you are."--Caroline Dooner, author of The F*ck It Diet
"I love this book so much I want to eat it. It is spit-your-coffee-out funny, spot-on in its truthfulness and witty observations, and as empowering as anything I've ever read. This book made me exhale, which conversely made me realize how long I'd been holding my breath waiting for it. Folks, it's here."--Jennifer Pastiloff, author of On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard
"It's always a happy day when another Karen Karbo book comes my way. This one, which says thanks but no thanks to self improvement with the help of entertaining history, fun facts, and cheeky yet smart advice, is best read (devoured) while mainlining hot fudge and sporting a bitch T-shirt and sweats, with dishes piled in the sink and the Fitbit tossed in the trash. Read it and let it work its magic."--Cathi Hanauer, author of Gone and editor of The Bitch Is Back and The Bitch in the House
"Yeah, No. Not Happening is warm, witty, effortlessly sophisticated--reading it is like having champagne with your most engaging friend. But under the delicious prose is a heartening lesson: chasing after impossible-to-achieve standards of beauty and being never makes us happy. In turning our backs on the nonstop pressure to improve ourselves, we discover our true selves and step into our power."--Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us and Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge