Or at least that’s what Laurent Christ thinks in Don’t Mess Up My Block, a novel that satirizes self-help books like Who Moved My Cheese and The Secret.
Laurent has pursued self-improvement to its logical conclusion – he reinvents himself with a brand-new name and history. He drops a hundred pounds, shaves his head and goes on the road as a management consultant, providing advice to corporations around the county. Everywhere he goes, comic disaster follows as companies follow his glib counsel.
But failure is not going to stop him as follows the path laid out by his mentor, Esalen McGillicuddy. One man and a story – that’s all you need to make it in America.
As a management expert, he’s inevitably drawn to Washington, DC. But even he is appalled by the intransigent bureaucracy he finds in the city. Maybe he’s been wrong about everything. Maybe you need more than a catchphrase to find success.
Laurent tells the story of his life in Don’t Mess Up My Block, a darkly comic novel that examines the American faith in gurus and easy solutions.
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