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Letter sent on Jan 8, 2016

The Life-Changing Magic of Changing Your Life

From freaking out to not giving a f*ck — and writing about it along the way


You’re receiving this Letter because you’re following Galleys. I’ll be sending one periodically to highlight book and author content on Medium. You can always unsubscribe from the Letter and still follow the publication. Herewith, an overview of some of the best book excerpts, essays, and author activity on Medium from the past several months.


It’s the new year — which means that bookstores have put their “New Year, New You” sections front and center. Among all of the diet and fitness books is a truly useful self-help guide to help you spend your time — what you do, and who you do it with — more wisely.

Seven months ago, sarah knight dropped a bomb on Medium: She was quitting her job.

After 15 years in publishing, she was becoming the thing she’d always looked down on — a quitter — to make some serious changes in her life. It was terrifying. Sarah expressed her nervousness, but also her resolve: Even in the face of uncertainty, she knew this was what she needed to do to be happy. Readers chimed in with their own quitting stories and notes of encouragement, and with thanks for her inspiration to make changes in their own lives.

Three months later, we got an update from Sarah, detailing what freelance life looked like after she’d gotten into the groove (hint: a lot less pants-wearing than when she was at her corporate job). The check-in included some big news: She was writing a book. It was something she’d always wanted to do, and in the free time and brain space that quitting her job had opened up, she’d hatched an idea. The book would be called The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like, a “practical parody” of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. An exclusive excerpt detailing her #NotSorry method may help you achieve that New Year’s resolution.


The Bundy Militia occupying federal buildings in eastern Oregon draws its inspiration, in part, by the same strain of Mormon fundamentalism that inspired Dan and Ron Lafferty to murder their sister-in-law, as Jon Krakauer wrote in Under the Banner of Heaven. He published a few excerpts from his book that explain the religious beliefs fueling the standoff. Follow Jon’s profile for other stories by him.


There’s a lot more to find in Galleys. Read about Christopher Buckley detailing the relics of New York that inspired his latest novel, J. Kenji López-Alt sharing everything you need to know about eggs, and Emma Donoghue reflecting on the experience of transforming Room into a film. Check back for more original essays and op-eds by authors, and excerpts from new — and newsy — books.

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