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Ebook Details
  • 04/2021
  • 978-1-63730-116-6
  • 263 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Details
  • 04/2021
  • 978-1-63676-948-6
  • 332 pages
  • $21.99
I Quit! The Life-Affirming Joy of Giving Up
A collection of stories from real people and how they summoned the courage to quit things in their lives. Quitting carries a lot of stigma and shame in society, with connotations of “failure” or “not being able to stick it out” prevailing. Sayings such as “Quitters never win” have tricked us into believing that maintaining the status quo is always the “right” thing to do…or is the less risky choice. In fact, in life it’s a risk if you do AND it’s a risk if you don’t. Quitting is a choice…but so is not quitting. This book is a collection of stories of everyday, real people and how they summoned the courage to quit things in their lives. Stories include quitting: jobs and careers, people and relationships, habits, aspirations, and identities. Every story shows an individual battling but ultimately triumphing over expectations – their own and others’ – to quit what was no longer serving them and make greater progress toward what they want in life. Topics that come up in the book include: Perfectionism Failure Cultural and family expectations Personal values Self-knowledge and awareness Courage Regrets (or lack thereof) Preferred “ways” to quit This book will make you entirely rethink how you view quitting – and quitters. It will encourage you to reexamine your own quitting experiences through a new paradigm. It may even inspire you to make that next big, positive change for yourself.
Reviews
Behal’s debut self-help book strikes a tone like a franker version of the Chicken Soup series with a collection of upbeat interviews with everyday people reflecting on how quitting something—from bad habits to grad school to unhealthy relationships to the circus—helped create positive change or lead them toward a better, more joyful existence. Each chapter shares a different person’s story, with plenty of direct quotes and frequent callbacks to how the individual stories relate to Behal’s own life or experiences. Behal wraps up each chapter by asking her subjects a series of standardized questions, like “Any regrets?” (usually the answer is “no”) and “What tradeoffs did you accept by quitting?”

Each story shows how quitting something worked out for the person in question. Some, like “I Quit the American Dream”—a narrative built around the questions “Why isn’t what I have enough? Why am I feeling so discontent?”—find Behal’s subjects quitting a variety of specific behaviors and beliefs in service to quitting a more generalized concept. Several chapters, like “I Quit Evangelical Christianity” and “I Quit Being a ‘Good Little Black Girl’” center on challenging issues and daring to make courageous changes in the face of systemic societal forces.

Though it’s clear the book is meant to convey a certain type of message about living authentically, not being afraid to let go, and how giving up opportunities can sometimes allow for other new ones to appear, Behal offers little explicit guidance to that end. Readers who have less of a certain grasp of how to take steps to make affirmative change, or who are seeking direct advice on how to walk away from something, would benefit from insight into the difference between healthy and unhealthy quitting. Still, those seeking positive stories of self-actualization and empowerment will find this a relaxing, supportive read, and perhaps a good example to encourage change.

Takeaway: This collection of real-life stories of people who dared to quit in favor of something better will appeal to readers eager to make a change.

Great for fans of: Susan Shapiro’s Unhooked, Amy Johnson’s The Little Book of Big Change.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Adam Grant

One of the biggest differences between good and great is knowing when and how to quit. This book is filled with memorable stories and meaningful insights to guide you toward thinking more deeply about the question.

Melvin M.

A well-written, humorous, and empathetic look at a topic that I feel most people shy away from. My whole life I've been taught that quitting is losing, and "hanging in there" and sticking with a bad situation is a virtue no matter the cost to your own mental (and sometimes physical) well-being. Through a series of insightful interviews, along with her own life experiences, the author helps frame a new way of looking at quitting without the pandering, "life-coach" vibes other books in this genre sometimes have. I can't recommend this book highly enough!

Sonora Jha

Behal writes with wit and compassion about the sheer joy and wisdom of quitting. But here I also found a whip-smart chronicle of our life and times - our Silicon Valley highs and our racial justice lows, our understanding of gender and love and our misunderstandings of identity and belonging. I thought I was entering a book about (happy) quitters and I emerged with a deeper appreciation for life itself. Read this and you will laugh, cry, quit, thrive.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 04/2021
  • 978-1-63730-116-6
  • 263 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Details
  • 04/2021
  • 978-1-63676-948-6
  • 332 pages
  • $21.99

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