Stinque Book Club

Magical Mystery Tourism

Om Improvement.Title: “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom”

Author: Don Miguel Ruiz

Rank: 48

Blurb: “Rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs, four agreements in life are essential steps on the path to personal freedom. As beliefs are transformed through maintaining these agreements, shamanic teacher and healer don Miguel Ruiz asserts lives will ‘become filled with grace, peace, and unconditional love.'”

You Get Enlightenment! And You Get Enlightenment!: “Ruiz’s explanations of Toltec-based cosmography got a major boost recently when publishing pooh-bah Oprah Winfrey mentioned his work on her TV show.”

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Nasty, Brutish, Short, Rinse, Repeat

This line lasts forever.Title: “Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives”

Author: Jim B. Tucker

Rank: 33

Blurb: “Readers will meet a boy who describes a previous life on a small island. When Tucker takes him to that island, he finds that some details eerily match the boy’s statements and some do not.”

Review: “First, I’d like to take skeptics head-on: you may scoff at the subject matter but you probably have no real knowledge of it. You — we — are part of a primitive civilization and know next to nothing of the nature of existence. For hundreds of thousands of years man looked at birds in flight and dreamed of flying. There are people alive TODAY who were born before man could even figure THAT out, the relatively simple dynamics of flight. So, don’t be so dismissive of what you don’t understand and assume you ‘know’ what’s possible and impossible. As Plato advised, ‘a wise man knows he knows nothing.'”

Customers Also Bought: “Kennedy’s Last Stand: Eisenhower, UFOs, MJ-12 & JFK’s Assassination”

Footnote: If the people alive today are only 6 percent of the people who ever lived, who gets the open reincarnation slots, and what does everybody else do while they’re queued up?

Return to Life [Amazon]

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Secret #1: Don’t Let Republicans Trash It

Say, how’s that 2008 401k doing?Title: “Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security”

Authors: Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller and Paul Solman

Rank: 1

Blurb: “You’ve paid all your working life for these benefits. Now, get what’s yours.”

Review: “I would rather consult with someone instead of reading this.”

Customers Also Bought: “Being Mortal”

Footnote: While a current House of Cards subplot covers a Democratic Preznident scheming to screw over Americans for political gain — which, granted, is not inconceivable, if you consider Bubba’s welfare “reform” — the predominant narrative of Social Security eventually going “broke” relies on (a) the presumption that anybody will be left in fifty years after global warming fries our crops and swallows our coasts, and (b) pretending that the problem isn’t easily solvable by, y’know, fairly taxing insanely wealthy people. Sooner or later this New Gilded Age shall pass, and Americans will come to their senses.

Get What’s Yours [Amazon]

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And the Lord Cursed Man with Pattern Recognition

Mystery Date, are you ready for your Mystery Date?Title: “The Mystery of the Shemitah: The 3,000-Year-Old Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future, the World’s Future, and Your Future!”

Author: Jonathan Cahn

Rank: 83

Blurb…

Is it possible that there exists a three-thousand-year-old mystery that…

  • Has been determining the course of your life without your knowing it?

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Your Mama I Am, Your Daddy I Am, In The Alley That Sam I Am

Cholesterol and Trichinosis.Title: “Green Eggs and Ham”

Author: Dr. Seuss

Rank: 58

Blurb: “Sam keeps asking persistently.”

Review…

A local dealer pressures a buyer into ingesting a strange substance for “free”. During 80% of the book, the protagonist clearly says “No”, but the substance dealer continues to pressure. In the end the protagonist is defeated, ingests the substance, and shows signs of addiction proclaiming outrageous ways in which he’ll take this new substance. There is no evidence that the antagonist will continue to provide free samples of the substance once the main character is addicted.

This is done in rhyme & marketed to children.

Customers Also Bought: A violent picturebook about assaulting fathers.

Footnote: Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of your diet.

Green Eggs and Ham [Amazon]

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Practical Studies in Analog Entry Methodology

Ink Different.Title: “Handwriting: Printing, Grades Preschool and Up”

Author: Brighter Child

Rank: 99

Blurb: “Children will have fun learning to print!”

Review: “I expected something different, I guess, but this is just lined paper with a line of capital letters to trace at the top, and half-way down, a line of lower-cased letters to trace of the same letter. It’s not very engaging for my son.”

Customers Also Bought: “Handwriting Without Tears Block Paper”

Footnote: Although we learned to type in junior high — in a classroom filled with girls — we spent most of our adult life as a voracious consumer of pocket notebooks and pens. Until five years ago. When we bought an iPad. We don’t even write checks any more. It’s all online. At what point does handwriting become as quaint as another of our junior-high classes, taking apart and reassembling a lawnmower engine?

Handwriting: Printing [Amazon]

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Arrrrrrrrrrr!!!

How many plops can you count?Title: “P is for Potty!”

Author: Sesame Street

Rank: 88

Blurb: “It’s the perfect mix of fun and learning for potty-training toddlers — especially as they practice sitting on the potty!”

Review: “Pirate Potty has a great breakdown of all the steps for going potty in a fun pirate theme”

Customers Also Bought: “Sesame Street Elmo Adventure Potty Chair”

Footnote: You have to wonder how many vagrants pee on Oscar’s trash can.

P is for Potty! [Amazon]

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