Cranky Superpowers: Life Lessons Learned from the Common CrankaTsuris Chronicles

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Cranky Superpowers by Steven Joseph is rife with transformative insights and stories. The book is a valuable guide for dealing with the turbulent moments of life, and it offers relatable experiences through an amalgamation of familiar and novel stories. Steven skillfully directs readers in addressing workplace conflicts, fortifying their resilience, and finding humor in various situations. Additionally, readers will also explore the value of patience, embracing innovative strategies while preserving time-honored ones, and cultivating both empathy and empowerment, even amidst the most challenging scenarios. While going through this amazing work, individuals will uncover the means to reshape daily trials into opportunities for personal development, laughter, and deeper comprehension.

I liked the book’s relatable stories, which include familiar tales like Cinderella and The Frog Prince. Steven also shares intriguing stories from his childhood and other times in his life. One particularly memorable story revolves around the author earning the moniker “Turpentine” due to a school graffiti cleanup punishment following a wild stage performance—an experience reminiscent of my own humorous designation as “Robocop” during my high school days, owing to a rigid walking style. This was a tough moment for me, but somehow, I pulled through.

Joseph’s adroit fusion of humor and sagacity provides an immensely pleasurable reading experience. I burst into laughter while reading his opinion of not being too thrilled about his brain surgeon telling him as he’s about to operate on him that it “ain’t his or her first rodeo”. Like Steven, I believe that brain surgery shouldn’t be referred to as a bronco. Additionally, the book’s remarkable terminology, spanning various CrankaTsuris categories and inventive lexicon such as “Zoodle” and “Roodle,” adds richness to the reading experience. Joseph also uses various familiar idiomatic expressions to get his messages across effectively to readers.

While the stories are fun and creative, the book appears to be lacking in in-depth analysis and explanations of the messages it contains. Also, the book felt monotonous because some phrases are repeated several times, and it focuses heavily on wordplay.

Regardless, Cranky Superpowers is a resourceful guide for managing irritability and emotional turmoil. I especially loved the book’s message about recognizing the moments when one gets on another’s nerves and collaboratively crafting a list with a partner to acknowledge these instances. This approach is something I eagerly anticipate implementing in my own life. Readers in pursuit of emotional mastery and a more profound connection with their friendly disposition will undoubtedly find this book to be a valuable resource.

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Author Steven Joseph
Star Count 4/5
Format eBook
Page Count 246 pages
Publisher Enigami Publishing
Publish Date 26-Sep-2023
ISBN 9798987611746 Buy this Book
Issue October 2023
Category Humor-Nonfiction


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