Everyday Cruelty: How to Deal With its Effects without Denial, Bitterness or Despair (first published in 2014) is finally available through Audible! Brilliant and timely, it is a masterpiece of observation, research and writing. Kobek has hit one out of the park with her first book, and has teamed up with Juliet Jones, a narrator who couldn’t be more perfect for the job. Our most underappreciated problems are coherently clarified, and a wide variety of solutions are presented. Kudos!
Photo Description: Helen Kobek’s book “Everyday Cruelty” is placed flat on top of a red notebook in the background, at a slight angle, with a blue pen (tipped with a red grip-eraser) clipped to the book’s cover at an angle, extending beyond the top and left cover edges. Suggests reading with pen in hand: courtesy of Helen Kobek.
How much of your best energy and limited time do you spend dealing with everyday cruelty? A clerk gives you a hard time about returning a purchase, though the store policy is “no questions asked;” a driver deliberately cuts you off in traffic or a colleague belittles your humanity or spirituality because you have different tastes in music.
We pride ourselves for trudging through a world full of these so-called “minor annoyances.” But, Their cumulative and long-term impacts on our lives and health are anything but minor. Kobek calls these virtually ubiquitous events, which are often over before we know what hit us or can determine how to respond, “the hardest thing about being alive.” We are experiencing, in her words, “an epidemic of unhappiness.”
Everyday Cruelty tackles a timely and thorny subject. Kobek has created a no-holes-barred, well-written masterpiece that fleshes out a tangled problem with clarity and leaves the reader enlightened and empowered. Drawing from critical thinkers from the past as well as her own insights, she presents a road map for dealing with our greatest challenges. Her suggestions illuminate a variety of roads to success that will suit a myriad of preferences and needs.
Author Bio: Helen Kobek
Helen Kobek is an eclectic, award-winning author/writer whose coverage includes social connection, relationship with nature, disability, and health. Her book Everyday Cruelty: How to Deal with Its Effects without Denial, Bitterness, or Despair (2014) was inspired by her awareness of the prevalence of addiction and social strains in humanity, and is an offering of hope for the betterment of our lives. Her diverse essays have appeared and been featured in magazines and newsletters with both national and local readership. Kobek is an independent journalist for CCTV Cambridge News, where she covers local/topical news and public interest stories, as she educates, comforts, and entertains her readers with such how-to topics as gently encouraging wayward birds to leave your house, grieving the unjust felling of a healthy neighboring 100 year-old tree, preventing the loss/pickpocketing of your wallet, and bringing a newborn baby to safety when the parents are not able to take care of her/him.
Helen kobek received her B.S. degree in Communication Disorders from Emerson College (Boston, MA), became an expert phonetician, and for decades has used her education as an accent modification instructor, teaching people from all over the world how to be understood. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her spouse Jules Kobek, and enjoys her free time being in nature, hosting improv comedy game events, and advocating for local trees.
Links to Helen Kobek’s Everyday Cruelty
Download your copy of Kobek’s Everyday Cruelty: How to Deal With its Effects without Denial, Bitterness or Despair. put your feet up and allow Audible narrator Juliet Jones to enlighten and empower you with her strong but gentle rendering of this excellent book. Or, pick up a copy in your choice of print, large print or Kindle editions. Then, let me know what you think. Better yet, let Helen know.
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