Book Review: Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit

Book Review: Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream: Barbara Ehrenreich: 9780805081244: Amazon.com: Books. Avoid. Where should I start? Problems: arrogance, ignorance, ego, thinly veiled attacks, anger, disrespect, immaturity, laziness.

I don’t know what is worse. That a publisher paid her for this, or that she thought people would want to read this trash. This should never have made it past the editor’s desk. I want to know what drugs the editor was on to think his boring, waste of time book was worth reading. Do publishers think that the American public is so stupid that they would buy a book like this? This book was given to me at a thrift store for buying other books, but I will never buy anything from this author.

Book Review: Why I Jumped: My True Story of Postpartum

Why I Jumped: My True Story of Postpartum Depression, Dramatic Rescue & Return to Hope: Tina Zahn, Wanda Dyson: Amazon.com: Books. Ok, so I tried to read this book and could not. This is a strong avoid. The author tries to paint Mrs. Zahn in a sympathetic light, but fails.

I’m not going to talk about her life because it is a series of events of which she is not grateful for. Clearly it is unfortunate that she was abused as a child, but at some point you have to be an adult and take responsibility. She comes off as a whiny person, and doesn’t have the intelligence to see that her beliefs are not working for her.

I really believe in not condemning or trying to convert people to my beliefs. I find it very fascinating when people struggle with beliefs that don’t help them. This book attempts to discuss ideas and beliefs that didn’t help the author, it just makes it painfully clear that beliefs are not whatever you want them to be. If you just try to choose your beliefs, you would be hurt by them unless they are grounded in some kind of reality. However if there is no reality, then there is only an increase of suffering that is unnecessary and really sad.

Go ahead and believe whatever you want to be true, but also understand you will suffer unless you question your beliefs and the reasons for those beliefs.