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Dermot Davis

Expression Unleashed Publishing

201 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 109

Gainesville, FL 32601

9780984418138, $9.59, 224 pp.,

Synopsis: What if the most influential book in the history of mankind was not a religious or spiritual book but a satire of a self-help book written by a crazy person? All Daniel Waterstone ever wanted to do was write the great American novel and change the landscape of modern literature forever. He has two literary books in print but no one's buying. His agent won't even accept his latest masterpiece which he poured his soul into: apparently, it's not commercial enough. In a final act of desperation, under the pseudonym of Charles Spectrum, he writes a feverish satire on a Transformational, Self-help best-seller that's currently topping the charts. Intended as a parody, "How to do Amazing Things Using Only Your Brain," similar to the best-seller, contains crazy and hilarious exercises on how to increase one's brain power. Instead of being published as satire, however, it hits the shelves with all the other serious pop psychology, self-improvement books. It becomes a huge hit. People all around the world are doing unbelievably zany exercises to improve themselves. Even crazier still: they're getting results. Readers are levitating, bending spoons and seeing into the future. Daniel becomes one of the most desired talk show guests and is soon lionized by agents and publicists. Seminars are organized and what was intended as a joke takes on a huge life of its own. To complicate things further, Daniel falls in love with a beautiful woman who adores him as...

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