That breathing behind you is Edwin. He’s an odd choice for the ancient ruler who grants a man the Power of invisibility. Why give it to Edwin–an inconsequential insurance actuarial?
Edwin gets the Power and begins his existential dive on a visit to the Metropolitan Museum. At an exhibit of Egyptian wonders, the boy Pharaoh Tutankhamen bestows Edwin with the reality-altering Power and the transformations begin.
Routinely ignored by women, initially Edwin uses his magic as a voyeur. Later, when his boss and nemesis Imelda fires him, a jobless Edwin discovers he can use the power to game the stock market. He gets very rich, very fast. But when, unseen, Edwin visits the FDA to gather insider information to manipulate stocks, he overhears White House executives as they plan to squash an important drug breakthrough. Their cynicism and politically driven ruthlessness enrages Edwin. What follows is a White House press conference unlike any ever held.
Our meek actuarial evolves with new adventures. He uses the Power to avert a dangerous military confrontation, and on a visit to a leading biotech firm, Edwin finds it’s up to him to prevent a global food crisis. Each episode helps him better understand the nature of what personal power is, and why he was chosen to receive the Pharaoh’s gift.
The Power is driven by our archetypal curiosity about invisibility–our fly-on-the-wall fascination with it in the tradition of Wells’ classic The Invisible Man or seen currently in our wonderment at Harry Potter’s magic cloak. In The Power, magic becomes the metaphor that asks the question: how should Edwin and in turn the reader use personal power. When does power destroy and when does it fulfill us? The Power is a vicarious ride that leaves readers feeling ever more empowered and more aware of our own unique magic.
I. Michael Grossman
SHRINKWRAPPED: my first fifty years on the couch
Shrinkwrapped is a psychological rites of passage memoir. It provides an insider’s glimpse of going to therapy as seen through the patient’s eyes, in this case a patent who stayed fifty years, initially to battle depression and later to “know thyself.”
Shrinkwrapped recalls the 1950’s when therapy initially came to the U.S., revealing the powerful bias that existed against anyone who dared to see a “shrink.”
In his Siddhartha-like quest, the patient encounters an amazing range of therapies–from classical lie-on-the-couch Freudian analysis to new-age touchy-feely methodologies.
Shirnkwrapped is also love story, often funny but with candid scenes of the battles that are prerequisite to a successful marriage.
Michigan State University Book Review Newsletter: “…widely praised for its insights of psychotherapy.”
COMING TO TERMS WITH AGING
Do you think about aging?
Why face it now? Many societies embrace aging while ours considers it a defect. We hide our signs of aging and whistle past our mortality. We have euphemisms to avoid the “D” word. We create a new apartheid–based on age–that segregates our elders, placing them in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
All this fear of aging wrecks havoc. Denial limits introspection which erodes our self esteem. Fear whispers we have “all the time in the world” and leads us to unconscious choices. It undervalues precious time.
Can you imagine the tremendous benefits if you come to terms with your aging?
Coming to Terms with Aging: The Secret to Meaningful Time offers a better alternative–Life Awareness–an inspiring way to deal with life’s natural pathway. Learn the ten most common aging fears and how to overcome them. Learn the ten powerful benefits you gain when you do. Learn how aging serves life and why mortality is the engine that drives your life. The Life Awareness approach diminishes fear and frees you to move on to positive priorities.
We can live in denial, but we won’t escape it. Coming to Terms with Aging offers help accepting aging so you can enjoy the present–ever sacred second of it.
What critics say:
“Coming to Terms with Aging deals with a crucial area…a theme of great consequence…to a public desperately in need of such a message.”
Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., National Book Award Winner for HOW WE DIE and author of THE ART OF AGING.
Mike the Moose, Master of Marbles, won’t tell his story to just anyone. It helps if you are solidly pro-moose and see no reason in the natural world why moose and man can’t live together in a harmonious family.
If assured of your position, Mike might let slip some juicy details of his adventures. Maybe how his first trip to a mall brought the police and how he wound up in a trash can. Or what the head of NASA says about him, and the spaceship to Mars, and the DANGERS he faced. Mike’s still galactically annoyed at his human sister Carrie for that one.
The easiest way to get Mike talking is to ask about his medal: his super shiny one from the State Department, after his encounter with Generalissimo Alfonso Ramonito Crakov del Buston, leader of the Spanish underworld. Mike insists he planned the entire mission to save America. Press him, and maybe, he’ll admit to a bit of help from his mom and top agent, Harry Malone. But the way Mike tells it, the mission was run by a moose.
Well c’mon, the Commander in Chief was impressed enough to give Mike one of THE most special, extraterrestrial gifts ever offered to man or moose!
Mike would be the first to confirm that he is as brilliant, courageous, and handsome as they say – especially when he stretches his antlers – but he’ll insist he isn’t trying to be Supermoose. All he wants is to revel in his new-found family and play marbles with Carrie. (You do know that Mike is just about the most famous expert on marbles on the planet, right?) But what’s a curious mooseling to do when duty calls?