An artful, useful, and refreshing motivational guide.



A debut self-help book dispenses advice on thriving through the ebb and flow of life.

As a young and enthusiastic entrepreneur, Tomczak has a knack for creative thinking and a desire to share it, which is exactly what he does in this manual. Whether read front to back or opened at random, the guide offers smoothly flowing essays and poetry tailored to help people “get inspired and do more of what really matters.” In some sections, the author relates personal stories, such as his financially tight childhood and his eye-opening adventures at the Burning Man festival. Other times, he simply reflects on life, sharing his conclusions and astute advice. Notable themes include finding out who you are and what your journey is about; looking outside yourself by caring for others; striving for a healthy diet, adequate fitness, and consistent sleep; and truly living while you’re alive. Returning often to the tide metaphor in the book’s title, Tomczak encourages readers to appreciate and embrace both the highs and lows of their odysseys. In his counsel, he is confident, affirming, and optimistic, with a firm focus on moving forward and not backward. As he asserts in one of his poems, “I don’t give up and I don’t give in / The future is not where the past has been.” The author displays a distinctive writing style, gently fusing prose and poetry in a way that is surprisingly mesmerizing. He often relies on repetition and wordplay to relay his messages (for example, “Everyone’s solving for x without asking for why”). This is usually highly effective except on the occasions when repetition becomes excessive (“No one cares” appears over 20 times in one section) or intricate sentences confuse rather than edify (“If you believe you already are whatever you want to be, you will be that, because you already are that”). The abstract nature of Tomczak’s musings may not jibe with those who prefer solid self-help steps, but the beauty of these ruminations is that they draw readers in from wherever they are in life. There’s truly something for everyone in this book.

An artful, useful, and refreshing motivational guide.

Pub Date: Oct. 3, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9966323-9-3

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Wet Star Press

Review Posted Online: June 4, 2018

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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