You Are A Badass: Jen Sincero

 

la-et-jc-jen-sincero-you-are-a-badass-20130506-001.jpgThe author promises a fresh approach to self-help, but ends up delivering the same old advice with a few F-words and other expletives thrown in, as reflected in the title.  As with many such books, there are hits and misses.  Some thing make sense and stick, others don’t.  There was this bit about money that was difficult to digest (spend first and universe would find a way of making sure you have it).

Read with caution!

The Woman in the Window: A.J.Finn

 

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A well-written book that goes through a few peaks and troughs.  An intelligent, but agoraphobic woman, is confined to her home and witnesses a crime.  The book starts amazingly, centered on the woman’s life – that is both intriguing and informative.  It dips mid-way when the crime gets committed, and the book becomes just another whodunit.  It picks up again, three-fourths of the way, when our narrator is shown to be unreliable.  But then dips again.  The ending was disappointing.  Neither satisfying not believable.  What worked for me particularly was the writing – very today and now.  Interestingly there were shades of ‘The Woman on the Train’ in the novel (It’s not just the title that is similar) – an incident only the narrator was witness to, poor credibility of the protagonist and so on.

Read.

Post Truth: Lee McIntyre

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Does the truth not matter any longer?  Has the perception of reality become more important than the reality itself?  Post Truth examines these strange times when ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ are terms that are in use on a daily basis,  a major political party claims that climate change is a hoax, the President negates solid evidence to claim he is right, including on his inauguration attracting the largest number of people, and the media is so partisan that you don’t know who to believe anymore.  The book raises these important questions and offers a few solutions, the most important being calling out a lie when you see it.  The style of the book is academic (references, quotes from other books), that takes a bit of the joy out of the reading.

Read.