The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
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AuthorMark Manson
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperOne
Publication date
September 13, 2016
Media typePrint
Pages224
ISBN978-0-06-245771-4 (Hardcover)
OCLC3879951765
Preceded byModels: Attract Women through Honesty 
Followed byEverything is F*cked: A Book About Hope 

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life is the second book by blogger and author Mark Manson.[1] In it Manson argues that life's struggles give it meaning, and that the mindless positivity of typical self-help books is neither practical nor helpful. It was a bestseller.

Publication history[edit]

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck was published under the imprint of HarperOne, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, and was released on September 13, 2016.[2]

As of January 2019, over 3 million copies of the book had been sold.[2]

Contents[edit]

The book is a reaction to the self-help industry and what Manson saw as a culture of mindless positivity that isn't practical or helpful for most people.[3] Manson uses many of his own personal experiences to illustrate how life's struggles often give it more meaning, which, he argues, is a better approach than constantly trying to be happy.[4] Manson's approach and writing style have been categorized by some as contrarian to the general self-help industry, using blunt honesty and profanity to illustrate his ideas.[4][5]. The book has 9 chapters with the following titles. 1. Don't Try. 2. Happiness is a problem. 3. You are not special. 4. The value of suffering. 5. You are always choosing. 6. You are wrong about eveything (But so am I). 7. Failure is the way forward. 8. The importance of saying no. 9. And then you die [6].

Reception[edit]

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck first appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List at #6 for the category of How-to and Miscellaneous for the week of October 2, 2016.[7] and it reached #1 for the first time on July 16th, 2017.[8] As of February 18, 2018, it had been on the NYTimes best seller list for 128 weeks. [9]

The book also appeared on the Washington Post Bestseller List at #9 in the Non-fiction/General category for the week of September 25, 2016,[10] and on the Toronto Star List at #1 in the Self-Improvement category on September 23, 2016.[11] In 2017, it was the best-selling nonfiction book from Barnes & Noble,[12] the #4 best-selling book on all of Amazon.com,[13] and the #9 best-selling book in Canada.[14]

Kirkus Reviews said that the book was "[a] good yardstick by which self-improvement books should be measured."[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck". MarkManson.net. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Franklyn, Tree. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – A Book Review". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Pushkar, Katherine. "The last f—king self-help book you'll ever buy". NY Daily News. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  5. ^ Rivera, Erica. "Interview: Mark Manson on "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck"". Crave. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  6. ^ Manson, Mark (2016). The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck (First ed.). New York: Harper One. p. 535. ISBN 978-0-06-245771-4.
  7. ^ "The New York Times Best Seller List: Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous. Week of Oct 3, 2016". New York Times. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "The New York Times Best Seller List: Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous. Week of July 16, 2017". New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "The New York Times Best Seller List: Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous. Week of June 9, 2019". New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "The Washington Post Best Seller List. Week of September 25, 2016". Washington Post. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Toronto Star Bestsellers". Toronto Star. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  12. ^ "Fast Company: Barnes & Noble's best-selling books of 2017 are just so 2017". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Amazon Best Sellers of 2017". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Here are the bestselling books in Canada of 2017". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK". Retrieved February 20, 2018.

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