"Deeply satisfying. . . I have waited my whole life for someone to write a book like "Bright-sided.""--"The New York Times Book Review" "A brilliant expose of our smiley-faced culture."--Forbes.com "Insightful, smart, and witty. . . Ehrenreich makes important points about what happens to those who dare to warn of the worst."--"BusinessWeek"
"Ehrenreich's examination of the history of positive thinking is a tour de force of well-tempered snark, culminating in a persuasive indictment of the bright-siders as the culprits in our current financial mess."--"The Washington Post"
""Bright-sided "scours away the veneer of conventional wisdom with pointed writings and reporting. . . . Helping us face the truth is Ehrenreich at her best."--"The Miami Herald" "Contrarians rejoice! With a refreshingly caustic tone, Barbara Ehrenreich takes on the relentlessly upbeat attitude many Americans demand of themselves, and more damagingly, of others."--"USA Today" "A rousing endorsement of skepticism, realism, and critical thinking."--"San Francisco Bay Guardian" "Ehrenreich delivers her indictments of the happiness industry with both authority and wit. . . . "Bright-sided "offers both a welcome tonic and a call to action--and a blessed relief from all those smiley faces."--"The Plain Dealer" "Precisely crafted, hard-hitting. . . analysis of the national mass fantasy of wishful thinking "--"The Dallas Morning News"
"Relentless and persuasive. . . In a voice urgent and passionate, Ehrenreich offers us neither extreme [between positive thinking and being a spoilsport] but instead balance: joy, happiness, yes; sadness, anger, yes. She favors life with a clear head, eyes wide open."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "Ehrenreich reprises her role as Dorothy swishing back the curtain on a great and powerful given."--"The Oregonian" "A message that deserves to be heard."--"Jezebel" "Gleefully pops the positive-thinking bubble. . . Amazingly, she'll make you laugh, albeit ruefullshow more