A thoughtful, holistic approach to improving one’s swing.

AWAKEN YOUR INNER GOLFER

FINDING YOUR FLOW

In this debut guide, former insurance agent Brown teaches readers to rely on feel and instinct to improve their golf games.

Every golfer could do with a few pointers, and in this book, the author provides a fairly simple one: Get out of your own way. Many golfers employ methods that run counter to their intuition, he says, leading to blown shots and missed putts. “The only instruction in this book,” he writes in his preface, “involves establishing the foundations of an effective grip and posture,” because poor ones “work in opposition to the golfer’s natural instincts.” Brown underwent brain surgery and radiation treatment at age 12, which resulted in him having to overcome physical limitations, such as decreased energy and compromised vision and hearing. His advice here is rooted in this experience, and he advocates for turning off one’s conscious mind and allowing the subconscious to take control while golfing. By tapping into this “kinesthetic intelligence,” he says, a golfer can “feel” his way through every aspect of the game, from driving to putting. Mixing discussions of mindfulness and visualization with practical instructions on how to hold and swing a club (complete with detailed illustrations by Hillman), Brown walks readers through the required steps to gain a more intimate connection with the sport. The book is a quick read at just over 100 pages, which include 40 exercises meant to help awaken a golfer’s instincts. Brown has a simple, direct prose style that makes it easy for the reader to follow: “Placement of the hands on the golf grip is the nerve center of the swing. The hands transmit sensations and information to and from the body/mind.” Although the author’s take may seem a little radical for the fairly conservative culture of golf, he presents it in a way that will make sense to readers. Brown isn’t saying that golfers should throw out conventional instructions. Rather, he offers an additional element to golf practice—one that ensures the golfer is fully aware of his or her body and motion. His rather Zenlike method should appeal to those who approach the game looking for relaxation.

A thoughtful, holistic approach to improving one’s swing.

Pub Date: Aug. 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9987719-0-8

Page Count: 115

Publisher: Keep It Simple Golf Media

Review Posted Online: July 31, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2018

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The Stoics did much better with the much shorter Enchiridion.

THE LAWS OF HUMAN NATURE

A follow-on to the author’s garbled but popular 48 Laws of Power, promising that readers will learn how to win friends and influence people, to say nothing of outfoxing all those “toxic types” out in the world.

Greene (Mastery, 2012, etc.) begins with a big sell, averring that his book “is designed to immerse you in all aspects of human behavior and illuminate its root causes.” To gauge by this fat compendium, human behavior is mostly rotten, a presumption that fits with the author’s neo-Machiavellian program of self-validation and eventual strategic supremacy. The author works to formula: First, state a “law,” such as “confront your dark side” or “know your limits,” the latter of which seems pale compared to the Delphic oracle’s “nothing in excess.” Next, elaborate on that law with what might seem to be as plain as day: “Losing contact with reality, we make irrational decisions. That is why our success often does not last.” One imagines there might be other reasons for the evanescence of glory, but there you go. Finally, spin out a long tutelary yarn, seemingly the longer the better, to shore up the truism—in this case, the cometary rise and fall of one-time Disney CEO Michael Eisner, with the warning, “his fate could easily be yours, albeit most likely on a smaller scale,” which ranks right up there with the fortuneteller’s “I sense that someone you know has died" in orders of probability. It’s enough to inspire a new law: Beware of those who spend too much time telling you what you already know, even when it’s dressed up in fresh-sounding terms. “Continually mix the visceral with the analytic” is the language of a consultant’s report, more important-sounding than “go with your gut but use your head, too.”

The Stoics did much better with the much shorter Enchiridion.

Pub Date: Oct. 23, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-525-42814-5

Page Count: 580

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: July 31, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2018

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Clever and accessibly conversational, Manson reminds us to chill out, not sweat the small stuff, and keep hope for a better...

EVERYTHING IS F*CKED

A BOOK ABOUT HOPE

The popular blogger and author delivers an entertaining and thought-provoking third book about the importance of being hopeful in terrible times.

“We are a culture and a people in need of hope,” writes Manson (The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, 2016, etc.). With an appealing combination of gritty humor and straightforward prose, the author floats the idea of drawing strength and hope from a myriad of sources in order to tolerate the “incomprehensibility of your existence.” He broadens and illuminates his concepts through a series of hypothetical scenarios based in contemporary reality. At the dark heart of Manson’s guide is the “Uncomfortable Truth,” which reiterates our cosmic insignificance and the inevitability of death, whether we blindly ignore or blissfully embrace it. The author establishes this harsh sentiment early on, creating a firm foundation for examining the current crisis of hope, how we got here, and what it means on a larger scale. Manson’s referential text probes the heroism of Auschwitz infiltrator Witold Pilecki and the work of Isaac Newton, Nietzsche, Einstein, and Immanuel Kant, as the author explores the mechanics of how hope is created and maintained through self-control and community. Though Manson takes many serpentine intellectual detours, his dark-humored wit and blunt prose are both informative and engaging. He is at his most convincing in his discussions about the fallibility of religious beliefs, the modern world’s numerous shortcomings, deliberations over the “Feeling Brain” versus the “Thinking Brain,” and the importance of striking a happy medium between overindulging in and repressing emotions. Although we live in a “couch-potato-pundit era of tweetstorms and outrage porn,” writes Manson, hope springs eternal through the magic salves of self-awareness, rational thinking, and even pain, which is “at the heart of all emotion.”

Clever and accessibly conversational, Manson reminds us to chill out, not sweat the small stuff, and keep hope for a better world alive.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-06-288843-3

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: April 1, 2019

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