Contagious Optimism: Uplifting Stories and Motivational Advice for Positive Forward Thinking

David Mezzapelle. Cleis/Viva (PGW, dist.), $16.95 trade paper (432p) ISBN 978-1-936740-41-3
Through short essays solicited from diverse contributors, including motivational speakers, business leaders, a gospel singer, and ordinary people, Mezzapelle espouses the powers of "contagious optimism" and "positive forward thinking." The resulting mix of success stories and quick-fix methods is targeted at lifting the spirits of everyone from discouraged middle managers, to those in the midst of midlife crises, victims of the recession, and individuals struggling with depression or stress. The material retreads well-trod territory, and there's precious little original advice. Readers are encouraged to pay it forward, never give up, do your best, and so on. Yet the fact that these aphorisms are couched in personal anecdotes saves the book. Nearly every story is excellently composed and straightforward; readers are sure to find something to connect with. Frequent bits of encouraging advice, insights, and practical exercises make Mezzapelle's message digestible and relevant, and perfect for daily perusals. Agent: Sharon Donovan. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/06/2013
Release date: 06/01/2013
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