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Once past a rather long-winded introduction, Quart settles into a delightful rhythm, profiling fascinating people and sharing their distinct ways of forming connections and cultivating lives outside the mainstream. Quart’s subjects are often living thoroughly twenty-first-century lives, relying on the Internet and social media to form groups, reach out to like-minded individuals, and share their stories. But the author strays far from the expected, including the producers of the indie-film triumph Beasts of the Southern Wild and Kickstarter phenom musician Amanda Palmer. Readers will be surprised to see thoughtful inclusions of the “neurodiverse” (individuals diagnosed within the autism spectrum) and those defying standard classifications of serious mental illness and challenging our understanding of schizophrenia and bipolarity. More conventionally, Quart dives into the crafting world of Etsy and urban farming in New York City and Detroit, showing time and again that thinking and acting outside the box are often the only way many people can succeed professionally and in their communities. Lots of good food for thought and solid inspiration for those who feel stifled by traditional choices. --Colleen Mondor
Thought this book would be more interesting. Got bored and had to re-read several paragraphs. Did not feel it was written well. Read morePublished 14 months ago by alice mcintire
In this book, the author overviews how the Internet and people that live their lives outside the boxes of conformity are changing the landscape. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jeff Commissaris
I really don't know about the book. I haven't read it yet. I purchased it for a friend who wanted it.Published on October 11, 2013 by Maria E. Seinitz