Way back in 2011, the title Go The F@@K to Sleep by Adam Mansbach (Akashic; Brilliance Audio; OverDrive Sample) had a certain shock value. After that, the word you still can’t say on TV began to show up on multiple book jackets. Even tidying up got the treatment with the recent Unf*ck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin), described by the publisher as “Marie Kondo meets Thug Kitchen.” Once swear words hit coloring books, the shock value seems to have worn off.
Not so says the Wall Street Journal, which reports that bookstores face a dilemma about whether to display these titles (subscription may be required to view). Some do, others keep them behind the counter, or make sure they are not displayed at kid-friendly heights.
That may not be an issue for libraries, since books like The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson (HC/HarperOne; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample) are still showing holds lists and therefore are not available for display.