Little Book of Lazy

99 Lessons from a Sloth
Jennifer McCartney
Book cover for Little Book of Lazy by Jennifer McCartney
A sloth's way of being, distilled into 99 lessons to ponder, accompanied by photographs of these adorable animals

There is great wisdom in the rainforests of the Amazon. It is contained in the trees and on the ground, wherever sloths can be found. Sloths are a still life mindfulness. Call them lazy, but maybe what we call "lazy" is actually the secret to being alive. By not moving, sloths avoid predators. They hardly need to eat anything, because they're not expending any energy. It takes them up to a week to digest their leafy meals, so there's little urgency to even relieve themselves. Surely there is a lesson--or 99 of them--to be learned from these creatures. Most importantly, how to be lazy.Contemplative, deliberate, relaxed, and focused, sloths embody the value of doing nothing day in and day out. With quotes about slow living, lessons based on sloth behavior, and darling photographs, this book strives to capture the koan that is the sloth: If he survives best by doing nothing, isn't he actually doing something?
April 2018
4.5 x 6 | 128pp | Hardcover |
Color photographs throughout
$9.95 (US)
$13.50 (CA)
About the Author
Jennifer McCartney is the New York Times best-selling author of Cocktails for Drinkers, The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place, and Poetry from Scratch. She has written for The Atlantic, Teen Vogue, Curbed, Vice Magazine, and BBC Radio. McCartney lives in Brooklyn, New York.