Recommended Reading: The DIY Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad by Adam Gnade

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The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad by Adam Gnade
I knew I needed this book when I ordered it, but I don’t think I knew exactly how much I needed it until after reading it in one sitting during last week’s “The Walking Dead.” And I plan on reading it again this afternoon–plus any other time I need to remember how to fight because I have a terrible memory, and it’s especially difficult to remember these lessons when the BMS is cloaking itself over you like a dementor.

This book is a gift. It’s a simple piece of advice that you might know already but never really thought about. It’s a kick in the pants when you need one. (And I often need one.) Plus, it’s tiny and easily portable, making it perfect for referencing at pretty much any moment if you choose to carry it around with you.

The DIY Guide reads like a conversation with a friend who wants you to get up and fight, who gives you that pep talk you need, who reminds you to get out and to truly live life. Sometimes it’s gentle, sometimes it’s firm, but either way it’s always honest with you.

Notable quotes + advice:

  • “The best way to live is beholden to no man.” (page 40)
  • “No matter how beat up you feel, you are at your best when you’re fighting.” (page 11)
  • “A healthy and free life is the goal of the outlaw.” (page 29)
  • “Do it (all) yourself. Don’t wait around for record labels or publishers or bosses or moneypeople. If you wait to be discovered, you’ll be disappointed.” (page 6)
  • “Once you stop looking for identity, you start to die.” (page 27)

This book is just fantastic, and I think the pocket change it costs to order it would be incredibly well-spent. You can find it at

February 24, 2014
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  • Just on the title alone this sounds like such a good book to read through! Especially for those can’t-get-out-of-the-funk days.

    • It is SO GOOD and so useful! I really can’t stress it enough. And it’s just such a perfect little size for wherever you want to keep it.

  • I’ve been eyeing this one up. Who couldn’t use a little pep? Especially on those funky days.

  • I’ve been wanting this book for so long. Thank you for reminding me!

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