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Two new funny, brain sciencey books on surviving and thriving in today's wild world by Dr. Faith, author of Unf*ck Your Brain
Two new funny, brain sciencey books on surviving and thriving in today's wild world by Dr. Faith, author of Unf*ck Your Brain
Two new funny, brain sciencey books on surviving and thriving in today's wild world by Dr. Faith, author of Unf*ck Your Brain
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Update: Stretch goal!

Woohoo, we made our goal in less than a week—thanks you all! To celebrate, we've created our first stretch goal:

$20,000: Adulting Awards! We'll send you a set of awards that you can give yourself when you accomplish especially epic adulting tasks like "Not Losing My Shit" and "Getting a Reasonable Amount of Sleep."

About this project

Dr. Faith is back! 

She's following up her smash hit, Unf*ck Your Brain, with *two* new books: Unf*ck Your Adulting and This is Your Brain on Depression

They're both small (128 pages), approachable, smart, and funny introductions, backed up with serious expertise about two important topics for a lot of us: How to act better, and how to feel better. 

Here's more about each of them:

Unf*ck Your Adulting

Unf*ck Your Adulting teaches you to be an adultier adult. You won't find in-depth housekeeping or oil changing instructions here—instead, we have a book full of short, straight-to-the-point chapters with titles like:

  • Don't be a dick
  • Stop comparing your insides to other people's outsides
  • Do you actually like the shit you say you like?
  • Give yourself permission
  • Listen to understand, not to respond
  • You win or you learn

There's so much more. And it's so good. The book is based on a much-shorter little zine that was incredibly popular. A 9-year old bought one, and an 80 year old bought one, and everyone in between—we can all use some more adulting skills in a world that sure isn't handing them to us.

(The cover model is River the genderfluid cat, drawn by Trista Vercher.... see the rewards for much River merch!)

This is Your Brain on Depression


This is Your Brain on Depression combines Dr. Faith's trademark blend of neuroscience and cussing to guide you through that heaviest of mental maladies. You'll learn:

  • What depression actually is
  • What triggers depression
  • The different kinds of depression
  • And most important: ways to get better

This book started out as a zine by the same name, which became a chapter of Unf*ck Your Brain and has now morphed again into this book; in the process it's been greatly added to, edited and expanded—it's a whole new thing, now.

(Includes inside cover art by Sophie Crumb!)

About the author

Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN teaches you her hard-won and hard-learned skills. She's a therapist, a board supervisor, a sexologist, an applied clinical nutritionist, and a person who's lived a full life in this wild, wonderful, messed-up world. She lives, works, counsels, and trains other people to do and understand this stuff in San Antonio, TX. She has been an adjunct professor and a TEDx presenter, and proudly identifies as a woman of color and uppity intersectional feminist. If you wait a week, she'll have written another book and earned another degree.

About the publisher

Microcosm tabling an event - photo by Laura Stanfill
Microcosm tabling an event - photo by Laura Stanfill

Microcosm Publishing lives in a bright green building on a bike route in Portland, Oregon. They have been doing this work for 22 years. When they aren't publishing and distributing books, they enjoy activism, jokes, music, and drinking iced tea on the porch.

About the rewards

Your main rewards are these two fine books! Want more than two books? We've got you covered.

Unf*ck Your Brain (book and workbook)

Faith's bestselling book was funded on Kickstarter and came out last year. It's so good! Your brain may seem like it's being an asshole, she writes; it's actually trying to protect you. She gives you tools to rewire it to do a better job of this. If you back for one of these books, you'll also get a handy workbook to go with it!

Faith's other books and zines

Faith is unstoppable! Here's a list of what she's published so far (which you'll be getting if you back at one of the levels where you get all her books and zines).

The books:

The zines:

  • Relationshipping (because love is worth doing well) 
  • Dating (not to be confused with relationshipping or hooking up) 
  • Boundaries (those things we need if we want to get close to each other) 
  • Sexing Yourself (for when you need to give yourself a hand) 
  • Coping Skills (for when you just can't even) 
  • Surviving (for when you just need to get through it all) 
  • This is Your Brain on PTSD (for when you're still dealing with the trauma way later) 
  • Getting Over It (for whatever it is you need to get over) 
  • Working (as in, at a job, even if it sucks) 
  • This is Your Brain on Anger (a necessary emotion that can get out of hand) 
  • This is Your Brain on Addiction (because yes you can get your life back) 
  • This is Your Brain on Grief (so, so hard... and it's way worse if you don't let yourself do it) 
  • Defriending (figuring out when/if to break off any kind of relationship and then doing it like a big kid) 
  • BDSM FAQ (it's all about consent and communication) 
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) (the ancient art of tapping)
  • STI FAQ (how to test for and then deal with the physical AND emotional impact of sexually transmitted infections) - Co-written with Bonnie Scott and Aaron Sapp
  • Woke Parenting (how to raise kids who can respect themselves and others and handle themselves in dangerous or awkward situations) - Co-written with Bonnie Scott
  • Whatever new thing is in print by the time this project ends!

Want just a few of these? You can get them individually from our website.

River the Cat and all their feelings

You'll notice that many of the rewards revolve around a certain feline character who graces the cover of Unf*ck Your Adulting. Faith asked us to make a not-boring custom feelings chart to go with her books, and sent a list of 24 emotional states. Our in-house artist (and customer service rep!) Trista Vercher developed the character of River the genderfluid cat to express each emotion, and we all fell in love.

River and their feels: The Poster
River and their feels: The Poster

At various reward levels, you can get:

  • a poster showing the many emotions of River
  • a set of pin-back buttons each showing a distinct emotion
  • a set of fridge magnets, handy for letting the people around you know how you're doing on any given day. 

Here's what the buttons look like:

And here's what the magnets look like:

(We're keeping this campaign simple by offering these as sets, but if you just want a few of these, you can order the buttons and magnets individually off our website.)

Mental Health Bookshelf

This excellent selection of mental health books includes Unf*ck Your Adulting, This is Your Brain on Depression, and:

Risks and challenges

There are unavoidable risks with any publishing project—misprints, scheduling snafus, postal delays, damaged shipments, warehouse disasters. We've been doing this for 22 years and we've weathered many a problem, so whatever does come up, we're ready to deal with it. Fortunately, we've read these books, so we can deal with them in an extra mature and emotionally stable way.

Thank you!

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    Ebooks only: Adulting and Depression

    You'll get a pdf of each book! (They won't be formatted as proper ebooks, but if you want to save on shipping and/or shelf space, this option will let you read these books on your device.)

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    Both books: Adulting and Depression

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    Two books and a feelings poster

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    Unf*ck Your Brain

    At this level you'll get a copy of Unfuck Your Adulting and This is Your Brain on Depression, plus Faith's bestseller Unfuck Your Brain and its accompanying workbook zine.

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    Two books and a set of River buttons

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    Everything by Dr. Faith - digital only

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    Everything by Dr. Faith

    At this level you'll get both these new books, PLUS all the books and zines Dr. Faith has published (the total is 20 right now but will likely be higher by the time we ship).

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    Mental Health Bookshelf

    Includes a wider selection of our publications including Unf*ck Your Adulting, This is Your Brain on Depression, Unf*ck Your Brain, (and the workbook), How Not to Kill Yourself, Maps to the Other Side, Alive With Vigor, Awesome Future, and Good Trouble.

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    River the Cat Feelings Portrait

    At this level, you'll get a copy of Unf*ck Your Adulting and This is Your Brain on Depression, plus Adulting cover artist Trista will draw an image of River illustrating the feeling of your choice (books delivered by post, image delivered digitally)

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    Two books and a set of River magnets

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    All the Ebooks: Faith & Mental Health

    By even more popular request, you'll get everything at the $90 level --but just the digital versions (mostly pdfs, some formatted ebooks). No paper here, just a jam-packed digital device!

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    All the Faith & Mental Health Bookshelf

    At this level you'll get Adulting, Depression, plus all the other books and zines Dr. Faith has published (approx 20 total) AND the stuff at the Mental Health Bookshelf level that isn't already included. By popular demand!

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    The Feelings of River the Cat superpack

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    River + Faith superpacks combined

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    All the books and magnets and buttons!

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