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Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: The Journal of Michael Enzo

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A ghost, a philanthropist, a con man, a devout Catholic, a gigolo, a savior, an heir, a common man, and an addict are just some of the words used to describe Michael Enzo, who some sources credit with ghost-writing more than 108 self-help books on behalf of celebrities, politicians and business leaders. After failing to make what he considered to be a positive impact on so ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Lagniappe Publishing
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Meghan
Sep 24, 2014 Meghan rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

When I was asked if I wanted to give this book a read for an up-coming blog tour, I really wasn't sure. I have this thing for self-help books (a not-so-secret passion) and comedy/satire is an iffy thing for me - sometimes I find it hilarious and sometimes I find no humor in it at all. After thinking about it for a few days, I decided to give it a try ... and I'm glad that I
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James
Jul 15, 2014 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
A short and very funny novel that rips into the self-help and celebrity culture of modern times. Michael Enzo writes self-help books, many under the names of famous celebrities, even though his own life - financially, spiritually, and romantically - is a complete shambles, complete with heavy drugs and illegality. Ben DeHaven, his friend and colleague, finds Enzo's journal after he disappears and publishes it with his own notes regarding the mess that is Michael Enzo. Laugh-out-loud funny at tim ...more
Mark Amos
May 01, 2014 Mark Amos rated it it was amazing
Everyone has a friend that can't be counted on. Someone who will never take you to the airport, remember your birthday or pay back that $40 you lent them for gas money. In the case of Michael Enzo, he's all those things, plus he's more likely to punch your Mom in the face than show up anywhere sober. At that truth alone you may have made your judgment of him and you wouldn't be wrong. His pension for drugs, booze and prostitution is matched by none. He's experienced every kind of joy, pain and e ...more
Anthony Klatch
Apr 19, 2014 Anthony Klatch rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone born between 1970-1990
Michael Enzo. Sloth. Glutton. Avarice. Greed. Selfishness. These are words that describe the human condition, and the irony that is Michael Enzo, a self-pronounced guru of self-help writing, in having them be applied to his life is the contradiction that makes this book a metaphor for the Millennial Generation; a metaphor that has the ability to become massively relatable to the masses.

Our character, the ghost that is Michael Enzo is filled with wisdom, and his wisdom is given to us in unusual m
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Richard
Apr 26, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing
Michael Enzo and Benjamin DeHaven… I don’t know if I want to buy these men a drink or punch them in the nose. Confessions of a Self-Help Writer is a short read with far more life lessons cleverly hidden within its depths than the modest page count might suggest. Granted most of those lessons are given as a firsthand account of what not to do, but they’re there nonetheless. The novel is a breezy, easy read thanks to the impact of the characters and short chapter length. The book is presented as a ...more
Rob Slaven
Apr 21, 2014 Rob Slaven rated it really liked it
As usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review. Also as usual I give my completely candid opinions below.

Most of the time after reading a book I don't have any difficulty whatsoever forming a strong opinion. This book, with its unorthodox style, left me rather puzzled though. The story is written in the form of excerpts from the mysterious main character's journal interspersed with the publisher's commentary on the personally absent Mr. Enzo.

On the positive side, the use of lang
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Edythe Hamilton
Jul 02, 2014 Edythe Hamilton rated it liked it
“So Jonathan (African American) and I were each other’s key to a world neither of us had ever known….It was Jonathan’s group of friends that just couldn’t get past our friendship….In their eyes, I didn’t understand the blues and I wasn’t invited.”

“So I’ll just have to stick to ghostwriting self-help books for now, I guess. Damn it.”

Benjamin DeHaven and Michael Enzo were friends until Michael backed out on a business deal leaving the country with the money arising out of the sale of New Orleans n
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Lisa Turnage
May 27, 2014 Lisa Turnage rated it really liked it
It was different from what I normally read but it was entertaining on some of the things that happened.

I do hope Enzo reads the book. I would love to be the fly on the wall to hear what he had to say about some of his journal being printed.

At the end, it states "Because of the lawsuit, I printed only the "nice" stuff. But rest assured, when I am through, all will be revealed". WOW- loved that. Makes me wonder, ok if I just read "nice" stuff, I hate to hear the bad, lol. Now I can not wait until
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Bruce
Jul 25, 2014 Bruce rated it it was amazing
I have read it, and what a wild ride it was! I especially like the quotes or offers of advice in the outlining type, very creative and I think I've heard some of them before but it might have been written by somebody else I was reading at the time.
The book feels like an open letter to capture a man who may or may not want to be found.
I laughed a lot, felt sympathy and then wished I was Enzo a few times but I don't have the guts or ten lives it would take to get the nerve up to be him.
Well writ
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Mark Meyer
May 20, 2014 Mark Meyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A quick and easy read with short chapters to give you time to think about what you just read. An interesting story and an entertaining book. Neither of these guys would be a friend of mine, but i was quite amused with the writing style! Good book! I received a free copy of this book via Goodreads First Reads.
Charlotte Monaco
Jun 06, 2014 Charlotte Monaco rated it it was amazing
Shelves: auther
Oh my God! I don't know whether I was drawn into the sleaze bag characters in the story or the story itself which bowled me over. I have to read it again. Great, great reading. Will there be a sequel?
Benjamin DeHaven
Jan 09, 2014 Benjamin DeHaven rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: The Journal of Michael Enzo

D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, MBR (Midwest Book Review)

Michael Enzo was a fraud. He was also a philanthropist. He was also a gigolo. And a devout Catholic. He profited from people's insecurities and when that wasn't enough he began systematically psychologically destroying those closest to him - including author Benjamin W. DeHaven.

So why would DeHaven then salvage his former friend's journal from his New Orleans estate after Hurricane
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Chris Craddock
Aug 21, 2014 Chris Craddock rated it really liked it
Two Unreliable Narrators for the Price of One

What we have here is Apocrypha. The "writer" claims to have found the diary of another "writer." The second author is also the author of numerous self-help tomes. Some ghost written for various unnamed celebrities with their permission, and some without. The first author, Benjamin W. DeHaven, claims to have learned a lot from the second author, Michael Enzo. Some by negative example, some by gleaning a kind of crazy wisdom from the man and his musings
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Christine Zibas
Jan 30, 2016 Christine Zibas rated it liked it
There's no one less worth taking advice from than Michael Enzo, the main character of this book. Yet, the author claims that Enzo is one of the most prolific authors of self-help tomes and biographies of famous people (penning these volumes as a ghostwriter, of course). The book suggests it is selections from a found diary of said author, who takes up his craft solely to support his raging drug and alcohol habits. That said, there are real gems of self-help found within. So what gives?

First of a
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Olivia Johnson
May 30, 2014 Olivia Johnson rated it it was ok
Honestly, I do not see what everyone else seems to like about this book, but maybe it's just not the type of book that I'm interested in. I felt like the comments made throughout the journal by Benjamin DeHaven made him come across as a grudge-holding man who isn't taking responsibility for his own situation. Rather than fully admitting to himself that he is the reason his life isn't great, he has put the blame on Michael Enzo. While I agree that Michael Enzo is no saint, I do feel like one must ...more
Shelli King
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I had to bear in mind while reading this that this was a story from the prospective of the victim of a wastrel and a user. It is a cautionary tale of excess and of addiction. A man who knows what he should learn, but refuses to heed the lesson.

Michael Enzo - by this account - was the dregs of humanity and yet he could get people to eat up his abuse with a spoon.

It is a short book, but it is a dark and painful read.
Mike Zinn
Jun 24, 2014 Mike Zinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this one for free, not sure from where. Anyway, this was a pre-release eBook version and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. It made me laugh a lot, and I always like that in a book. It also made me think about things that I hadn't thought about much. It is a rather unstructured book, but for this type of book it added to the enjoyment. It was a nice break from longer and more serious reading.
Susan Long
Apr 26, 2015 Susan Long rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a Good read!
Just bought my copy of Confessions of a Self -Help Writer:The journal of Michael Enzo so excited to read the book i have seen and heard so many reviews and am looking forward to having my own :)..so far i LOVE the way the author Ben Dehaven writes and describes in detail certain senarios..cant wait to finish and read this awesome piece!
Kim Johnston
Jun 28, 2014 Kim Johnston marked it as to-read
Just received my free copy! Am looking forward to reading this book!
Natasha Nogueda
Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: The Journal of Michael Enzo

D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, MBR (Midwest Book Review)

Michael Enzo was a fraud. He was also a philanthropist. He was also a gigolo. And a devout Catholic. He profited from people's insecurities and when that wasn't enough he began systematically psychologically destroying those closest to him - including author Benjamin W. DeHaven.

So why would DeHaven then salvage his former friend's journal from his New Orleans estate after Hurricane
...more
Susan Long
Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: The Journal of Michael Enzo

D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, MBR (Midwest Book Review)

Michael Enzo was a fraud. He was also a philanthropist. He was also a gigolo. And a devout Catholic. He profited from people's insecurities and when that wasn't enough he began systematically psychologically destroying those closest to him - including author Benjamin W. DeHaven.

So why would DeHaven then salvage his former friend's journal from his New Orleans estate after Hurricane
...more
Kim
Oct 21, 2014 Kim rated it liked it
To be honest, I was torn between liking this book and thinking it was okay. There were a number of great passages throughout the book, whether they're found in the writings of DeHaven or Enzo. What could've been a brilliant career in ghostwriting turned into a wave of destruction that took down everyone and everything close to Enzo.

After one of Enzo's women gave him a journal, DeHaven sought to make sense of the portion of his life in which he'd been under Enzo's spell. We, the readers, are then
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Rob Ballister
Jan 23, 2016 Rob Ballister rated it it was ok
This was unique, that's for sure.

Book was not as funny as I had hoped. It was at times funny, at times deep, at times depressing, and at times quite confusing. The concept of the book (as near as I could figure out) was that it was essays from a self help writer that was slowly spiraling down into self-destruction, and those essays were interspersed with accounts by the author, the reported "friend" of the self-help writer, which narrated what was going on in the writer's life as he slowly degra
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Abe
May 07, 2014 Abe rated it liked it
I received this book as part of a giveaway in return for an candid review. I'm not sure if I received it from Ben DeHaven or Michael Enzo.
Anyone looking for an easy and fun read that has something different, this is for you. I found myself laughing out loud and more confused by each page. I wasn't sure what or who to believe, as DeHaven uses a mixture of creative style and wit to mix the narrative in a journal entry satire. At first I wasn't sure what to make of it. After reading some, I found
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Natasha Nogueda
Dec 12, 2015 Natasha Nogueda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a entertaining ride of a Book
Confessions Of a Self Help Writer was AMAZING! i recommend this book to anyone that has a "personality" lol and wants a good read…the author Benjamin Dehaven is so entertaining and brings you in with his story telling..Michael Enzo is definitely a character and i hope he comes out with a second book! i absolutely loved it and no wonder this author has won numerous awards he definitely deserves it!..cant wait for more to come i hope and to even read it again! :)
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A Graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, Benjamin DeHaven keeps his heart in Chicago and his soul in New Orleans. He holds a MBA from Tulane and a film degree from Columbia. Once ejected from a community college for arguing Frost cried out for acceptance in Birches, he has since written screenplays, traded futures in Madrid, and was Editor in Chief of
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