The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life

Book - 2016
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"In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity, " Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Mason doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is--a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited--"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062457714
0062457713
Branch Call Number: 158.1 MAN
Characteristics: vii, 212 pages
Alternative Title: Subtle art of not giving a fu*k

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AuroraPLAdult Jan 04, 2017

Reviewed by Tim. To get anything of value out this book you must first get past the shock value prose of the author. Manson argues that you need to face up to difficult, stressful, and challenging endeavors, taking responsibility for yourself and telling the truth. None of these accountabilities ... Read More »

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AuroraPLAdult Aug 11, 2017

To get anything of value out this book you must first get past the shock value prose of the author. Manson argues that you need to face up to difficult, stressful, and challenging endeavors, taking responsibility for yourself and telling the truth. None of these accountabilities are easy and they... Read More »


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ryankegley
Oct 16, 2018

I’d never heard of Mark Manson, or his blog, before seeing this book. I can’t recall if it came up in my Goodreads feed, or I spied it at Half-Price Books first. In any case, the library had a copy, so I picked it up. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” is not about not giving a fuck. Manson is not a nihilist, and this isn’t some kiss-off to society. A more accurate title might be “Choosing Your Fucks Wisely.” This brief (I hesitate to use the term) “self-help” book is designed to help the reader recognize what kind of fucks they’re giving, determine whether those fucks are harmful, and, if they are, how to create new fucks to care about.

In this context, “fucks” are values, and Manson’s point is that many of us have unhealthy values that only serve to make us miserable. If we can let go of those values (usually superficial ones) and replace them with healthy ones, we can begin to live rich, fulfilling lives. Only by letting go of entitlement, by adopting values that go beyond serving ourselves, ones that are simple, immediate, controllable, and tolerant of the chaotic world around us, can we truly find peace and happiness, and a life full of purpose and meaning. As Charles Bukowski once wrote, “We’re all going to die, all of us. What a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by life’s trivialities; we are eaten up by nothing.” We don’t have to live that way. We can choose a better path. Each of us has the power to change — if we want it badly enough. My copy says “Over Two Million Copies Sold” on the cover. If every reader replaced one self-serving value with an unselfish one we’d be on our way to having two million fewer assholes in the world. That sounds like a pretty good start to me.

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trevordunfordswife
Sep 02, 2018

Don't waste your time. What a useless book. Was on the best seller lists for years I believe but only because of the title - the book itself is an excuse to use the word f*ck then throw in some words inbetween and then say f*ck again and again and again. The audio version is impossible to listen to for longer than five minutes, seriously. Baaaaad book.

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Aug 25, 2018

a self-help book for millennials

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

A refreshing approach to modern problems. It avoids the cliches of self help writing with hilarious anecdotes

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RaeSimone
Aug 13, 2018

Enjoyed the information. It highlights that we should take accountability for our actions. Key point: Chapter 1, 6-10 is where the best information. Chapter 2-5 drags on with just stories and doesn't have quality content. What I took away from this book? Don't try to keep up with the Jones', don't stress about things, accepting of failures &negative things, I'm not better than anyone else & vise versa....all just not giving a f***😋.

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brangwinn
Aug 05, 2018

I read this book too late in life, I’ve already learned to live my own life and not care one whit about keeping up with the Jones.

When Che died he shouted, 'Don't shoot me; I am worth more alive than dead!'.....just in case you are one of those with his image on your wall in your dorm-room or on your t-shirt....Che was known as King Of The Firing Squads.

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MarilenaR
Jul 20, 2018

Written by a millennial for millennials!

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ErikaCh
Apr 25, 2018

The contents of the book are like the title. It's light, humorous and bloody true. Recommend to those who feel kinda lost recently.

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katesciamanna
Feb 27, 2018

Tried to read this book - placed a hold in October and was 58 in line. Go to check on the wait time today - turns out the library cancelled my hold for no apparent reason...thanks.

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Aug 25, 2018

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

"A good life is not a life without problems. A good life is a life with good problems."
“In my experience, the more uncomfortable the answer, the more likely it is to be true.”

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