Thoughts brainbydd Brain: The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World by Dermot Davis, Expression Unleashed Publishing 2013, 217 pages

Winner of the USA Best Book Award 2013 for Humor.

Recommended by the wonderful blogger at BookFoolery.  Thanks Nancy!

“A delightful, humorous satire that pokes fun at the world of publishing via a flawed character who, in becoming a success for all the wrong reasons, emerges a better person. “

Did this book have any reference to pie?  No, sadly, I do not recall any mention of pie.

Did this book have adventure? Oh yes, or no. Certainly some mind-altering experiences (and I don’t mean drugs.)

Did this book feature books?  and libraries? YES. Who doesn’t love a book about books?

Would this book be about literary ambition? Madcap hilarities?  Satire upon satire?  Yes, yes, yes.

Do you want me to tell you what it’s about or are you comfortable with my vague ramblings?  How about a quick and dirty plot-scape?

Daniel desires to be an author. Of course, he wants to be an adored writer who writes great works and is adored for such. Unfortunately, his plan to be an adored author didn’t work out like he had hoped but starvation and desparation spurs on some motivation. He somehow writes a best-selling self-help book (not his intent) but WHO CARES! It’s selling like hotcakes! Who cares if the adoring fans are a little looney-tunes. Not his problem, right?

Let me tell you this:  The guilt that Daniel suffers is absolutely NOTHING compared to the guilt experienced by our lovers in Zola’s Therese Raquin  Just sayin’. That book is cray-cray in an entirely different way. Actually, opposite in many ways.

Read Nancy’s thoughts on Brain (link above, purple font.) And if you like fun books and feel-good story-telling and insights into the industry of publishing for fickle masses, this book is for you.

Rounding up to four slices of pie! fourpie


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10 thoughts on “Brain

    1. Really? Why do you say that? Not that I wouldn’t mind being her sister… Certainly wish I was in the warmth of California.

      Have you read Zola’s odd book about Therese? I am preferring Laurent at the moment even if he is lazy and conniving and greedy.

  1. I have never heard of this book, but it is always nice to hear about good books that are also funny, because I find that truly good ones are hard to come by. And, am I right to say that this one sounds kind of unique?

    1. This book has heart. It both makes fun of the self-help industry at the same time it drops a few nuggets of truth. I read all over the place so it’s hard for me to judge if it is unique.

  2. “Do you want me to tell you what it’s about or are you comfortable with my vague ramblings? ” YES! I love your vague ramblings! I haven’t heard a thing about this book but it sounds like a lot of fun.

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