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The Book of Formation by Ross Simonini

This debut novel is told through interviews between a journalist and an Oprah-style talk-show host who leads a self-help movement    Ross Simonini’s debut novel The Book of Formation is one of the strangest novels I’ve read this year. It begins in 1994 when a journalist accepts an assignment to interview one Mayah Isle, a talk-show host in the […]

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – review

A story of morals and motherhood set against the mystery of a burning house is well crafted but leaves our critic cold In Shaker Heights, Ohio, one of America’s first planned communities, order and harmony are prized. The Asian American writer Celeste Ng’s having partially grown up there helps to ground her second novel, Little Fires […]

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‘Good men and women do not always survive’

Enemy of the people is the latest in a series of insightful books providing disturbing detail on the way in which President Zuma has captured the state for his benefit and that of his corrupt friends and associates. The book, by seasoned journalists Adriaan Basson and Pieter Du Toit, paints a grim picture of not only […]

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THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING.

Th book being reiewed  has withstood the test of time for over 50 years. It has sold more than 2 million copies in its hardback edition, and countless more in paperback and e-book versions. It is a self help treasure. This book is Norman Vincent Peale’s classic, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Peale wrote this […]

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THINK AND GROW RICH BY NAPOLEON HILL

Can you simultaneously find something personally un-appealing, yet respect its effectiveness, when considered on its own terms?  Of course you can. For example that’s my summary view of Miley Cyrus’ amazing career so far. I did not enjoy reading Napoleon’s Hill’s Think and Grow Rich – indeed some parts are pretty darn annoying – but […]