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Baker & Taylor
The arrival on his desk of Tupak Soiree's What I Learned on the Mountain, the manuscript for a new self-help book, has dramatic repercussions for Edwin de Valu, a stressed-out, overworked, underpaid, and cynical New York City editor, in a hilarious satire on the concept of self-help in modern-day America. 30,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
Why would a cartel of drug, alcohol and tobacco companies have a contract out on Edwin de Valu? Edwin - the wiry, grey-suited, low-level editor at American publisher Panderic Press.
Why has rage disappeared from the roads and McDonald's gone all alfalfa? How come everyone seems so bloody happy? And most importantly, who, or what, is Tupak Soiree?
When an enormous, self-help manuscript lands on Edwin's desk, its fate seems destined to be the bin. Edwin's cynicism of self-help books, coupled with his filthy mood that morning, results in him dismissing Tupak Soiree's What I Learned on the Mountain in the most ignominious fashion - he doesn't even bother to reply.
However, the trouble is that Tupak's doorstopper is a unique thing - a self-help book that actually works - and before Edwin knows it, a chain of events has been started that will have enormous consequences not just for his own life but for the world at large.

Publisher: Edinburgh : Canongate, 2002.
ISBN: 9781841952758
Characteristics: x, 309 p. ; 25 cm.


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Jun 28, 2019

Would the world not be a better place if everyone was happy? This book uncovers what would happen if this exact thing occurred via a self-help book that actually WORKS! Anyone can read it and find their happiness. But is there such thing as too much happiness? This is a question that the main character Edwin (a completely fed up editor) must come to terms with, solve, and reverse. A very funny story. Would be a great summer read.

andreas1111 Jul 05, 2013

This book begins totally brilliant and finishes still pretty strong. If the second half had been as funny as the first i would have given it five stars. Among other things this is a great send up of the self help industry.

May 25, 2011

This book was a keen, biting, unapologetic comment on our society. The "untranslatables" were the best part of the whole thing! The book actually led me to purchasing "They Have A Word For It", which was Ferguson's main source for these powerful words.

zed33 Nov 12, 2009

This book made me laugh, it made me think and it made me read everything Ferguson has written since.
He is a very intelligent, funny writer. He occasionally angered me with some of his opinions about Canadians and what it means to be one, but again made me think, which I like from an author. Fiction or Non.

Grover Aug 06, 2009

This book sounds very cool, thanks for the suggestion HeatherS!

Aug 06, 2009

A brilliant critique on our penchant as human beings to buy into the latest fad. Close to a satiric masterpiece, Ferguson provides razor-sharp observations regarding the outrageously successful self-help industry and how this reflects on our society. Hilarious and scathing!


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