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あけましておめでとうございます。今年もよろしくお願いします。

Life-changing magicとくればコンマリのThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Upという本になりますが、年末にそのパロディ本が出たそうです。コンマリさんをからかうとかではくタイトルや書き方をまねて、人付き合いなどに時間をとられることなく自分の楽なように過ごすことを勧めているようです。

5 Life Lessons From The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
DECEMBER 29, 2015 7:00 AM
by MICHELLE RUIZ

How much of my life do I spend people-pleasing? Turns out, a lot. I realized this upon reading Sarah Knight’s The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, a new parody of Marie Kondo’s best seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I go places I don’t want to go and do things I don’t want to do in order to please others, even if it’s to my emotional or financial detriment. Like many women in particular, I apologize when I haven’t done anything wrong and sprinkle “just” into my emails so they don’t come off too strongly worded. Knight’s bottom-line advice for me is explicit: Stop giving a f*ck.

This is self-help with an edge. As the subtitle says, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck is a primer on “how to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to do.” Though it is a parody, it’s less a takedown of Kondo’s tactical tidying methods and more inspired-by: Shortly after quitting her successful corporate job as a book editor, Knight KonMari’ed (a process of throwing out things that don’t “spark joy” and/or you never use) both her and her husband’s sock drawers and felt a surge of inner peace. Between the socks and the job-quitting, she was inspired to write the truth of her own mental decluttering.


TOEIC的には以下のようなプレスリリースの書き方の方が参考になりますね。本はan irreverent and practical homage toであると説明しています。

NEWS OF BOOKS AND AUTHORS
For immediate release
Little, Brown and Company to publish Sarah Knight’s THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F*CK!


August 18, 2015, NEW YORK, NY – Reagan Arthur, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired THE LIFE- CHANGING MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F*CK by former Simon & Schuster editor Sarah Knight. Little, Brown acquired world rights from literary agent Jenn Joel of ICM. The book, an irreverent and practical homage to Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up will be edited by Executive Editor Michael Szczerban for publication in December 2015.

Michael Szczerban said, “As a colleague, I always admired Sarah’s talent for connecting readers with the perfect book. Now she has written one herself: as smart as it is witty, as persuasive as it is irreverent. She may not have set out to be a guru, but she has written my mantra.”


著者であるSarah Knighさんのエッセイを読めばこの本のテイストがわかると思います。日本だと個人主義的なアメリカ人をイメージしてしまいますが、年末年始の付き合いは世界共通にあるということなんでしょうね(苦笑)

JUST SAY NO TO YOUR FAMILY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Why Sarah Knight, author of 'The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck,' is setting holiday season boundaries with her family—and how to follow suit.
By Sarah Knight

Thanksgiving was fun, wasn't it? All that time spent with family, all that togetherness! There was food and plenty of wine. Perhaps a spirited game of Cards Against Humanity. You had some laughs and made some memories, for sure.

But...you also had to smile and nod while Uncle Jimmy described the intricacies of his recent bout with gout. You ooh'ed and ah'ed over your mother-in-law's homemade challah, even as gummy hunks of it lodged at the back of your throat. (The ooh'ing was mostly choking.) You traveled eleven hours each way for the privilege of watching Frozen on repeat with your nieces and nephews until you contemplated wandering out into a snowbank and letting Mother Nature have her way with you.

You're probably feeling a bit depleted. Exhausted. Maybe even mildly resentful? And it's threatening to cast a pall over the rest of the season—and 2016—unless you can, as Disney's reigning Queen Elsa might say, let it go.


こういうパロディは外国語学習者には難関になりえます。当地で当然知っているもの、流行しているものなどを共有していないとパロディは成立しないからです。

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