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Bundy: A Clinical Discussion of the Perfect Storm

Robert DePaolo’s work, Bundy: A Clinical Discussion of The Perfect Storm, presents an exhaustive exploration of Ted Bundy, one of the most enigmatic and infamous serial killers in American history. The dualistic nature of Bundy, an ostensibly charming and well-adjusted individual who managed to maintain strong relationships yet, behind closed doors, committed more than 30 murders over four years, continues to captivate audiences. This book grapples with the challenging question of how Bundy, who seemingly led a conventional life, descended into the monstrosity unnoticed by those around him. Delving deep into whether his predilection for evil was inborn, pathological, or born of other factors, the book offers a compelling analysis of Bundy’s psyche, motives, and actions.

DePaolo’s approach to understanding Bundy’s behavior is rooted in examining his early life, familial medical history, and distinct narcissistic tendencies while establishing correlations with his manipulative strategies and the psychological methods he employed to control his victims. This book distinguishes itself from other Bundy narratives through DePaolo’s clinical perspective, adept integration of psychological theories with empirical data, and firsthand anecdotes, creating a detailed image of Bundy’s mind.

The chapter, ‘In his own words,’ is a standout section, as it delves into the numerous tests employed to diagnose Bundy and his written correspondences with his doctor and her ensuing inferences. DePaolo makes a noteworthy observation about Bundy’s struggle with his identity:

‘A highly significant aspect of the dialogue is Bundy’s extreme ambivalence about his identity. He appears caught between an urge for others to comprehend his violent actions’ complexity and the risk of admitting guilt…Bundy seemed to regard the murders from an intellectual viewpoint as if he sought acknowledgment for his crimes’ strategic execution, charisma, and physical strength…This speaks to his extreme egocentricity and his emotionally numbing ability to be so fixated on personal achievement that he becomes psychologically oblivious to his actions’ repercussions.’

Bundy: A Clinical Discussion of The Perfect Storm is a profoundly enlightening read which can be completed in a single sitting. It encourages readers to question humanity’s darkest potentialities. It is a commendable choice for those intrigued by true crime, psychology and those studying psychiatry. In addition, it provides a valuable case study for exploring developmental psychology, identity, and self-perception.

Pages: 258 | ASIN : B08MZYWJF3

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Boy Wander – A Coming of Age Memoir

Second-graders should be carefree, have plenty of time to play with friends, and lack all the worries of adulthood. Jobert, however, lives quite a different life altogether. His father is politically active, and his mother’s concerns for his safety spill over into their everyday lives. Jobert, at the tender age of seven, has been forced into recognizing his own sexuality and deals on a daily basis with the memory of abuse by an adult he believed he could trust. Jobert begins a long journey of seeking approval and trying to find himself along the way.

Boy Wander: A Coming of Age Memoir, by Jobert E. Abueva, is the moving account of young Jobert’s experiences as the son of parents who have their own approaches to encouraging and molding his future. Jobert is an elementary student when his life is impacted by abuse–abuse on which he dwells and keeps to himself. Around the same time, Jobert realizes he has strong feelings for a boy in his school. Abueva’s writing brings young Jobert to life. His feelings, his struggles, and his fears are almost palpable. I found myself wanting to reach through time and space to comfort Jobert. One of the most impactful moments in the book came in the first few pages. After reading about Jobert’s horrifying experience as a six-year-old, I was moved to tears when I then scrolled to see the photo of a three-year-old Jobert, innocent and precious. I don’t know that Abueva could have made a more striking statement without ever typing a word. The enormity of Jobert’s treatment at such a young age hits home with a single photo. The history relayed in Abueva’s writing is an added bonus and only serves to enrich Jobert’s story. I was especially moved by the plight of the boat people from Vietnam. Abueva truly brings Jobert to life as the reader sees historical events through his eyes. His innocence is essentially the main character in Abueva’s work, and readers will find themselves completely wrapped up in his experiences.

There are some books that move you and some that simply take your breath with their honesty and biting reality. Abueva’s work, Boy Wander: A Coming of Age Memoir, is of the latter. Nowhere will readers find a more open and honest look at childhood and all of its challenges. I recommend Abueva’s work to anyone interested in exploring a new author who, without a doubt, writes from the heart.

Pages: 260 | ASIN : B0BVJNJMQN

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Yes I Can!

Yes I Can! Lessons Learned from a Life Less Ordinary is one book that will make you grateful for life and embrace all the world offers. The author shares his personal journey with what society calls developmental disabilities. As you read about Paul Wichansky’s story, you realize that, as human beings, we have a flawed perspective on what we consider normal. Raising a child, or being a child that is born with physical limitations, is not easy. With Paul Wichansky, however, the reader is enlightened on the multiple aspects of disabilities. The author himself is not a fan of the word disability. Paul Wichansky uses different phrases and embraces positivity when writing about his conditions. Paul Wichansky had hearing loss and cerebral palsy when he was young. Naturally, this would take a toll on the average kid but not Paul.

In his book, the author writes in-depth about what living with these conditions was like. Paul clinches on positivity. The author did not write this book to seek pity, nor did he feel sorry for himself. Dr. Wichansky starts the book by giving a little background about himself, writing about his family as he progresses to his later years. I like how the author took a free-style approach when writing. For example, Paul Wichansky could be narrating about his childhood, then in the middle of the paragraph, throws in some scientific information about specific conditions. By writing in this manner, the reader is educated on subjects rarely spoken about while enjoying the beautiful life story of the author.

Many things stand out from the author’s life and his writing. I like that the phrases used, the tales told, and the experience shared all have some positivity in them. Paul is here to help you deal with your sorrowful moments and convert them into happy moments. His life is testimony enough that no matter how difficult things may appear and how many obstacles you may have to overcome, you can still live an accomplished life. One of my favorite quotes from the book is ‘…that optimism can become your access to success’. This phrase makes a good inspirational quote that will keep many readers going.

While reading this book, the reader cannot help but ask themselves specific questions. Why are some things considered normal while others are not? Why are some conditions shunned? Why does society treat people that are differently abled peculiarly? Paul Wichansky answers these and more questions throughout the book. There are many lessons from the author, but the main lesson I got is that having a positive mindset will take you places.

Paul Wichansky has, through the chapters, discussed many crucial topics that will help everyone succeed in life. You learn about having a support group, having the proper perspective, building friendships, and keys to success, among many other topics. The best part of Yes I Can! Lessons Learned from a Life Less Ordinary is the photo section, where the author takes us down memory lane with his beautiful photos of family and friends.

Pages: 206 | ASIN : B0BJW1YKLH

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Literary Titan Book Awards August 2021

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Gold Award Winners

The Narcissism of Small Differences by Dennis Dorgan

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

Silver Award Winners

What the boy hears when the girl dreams by Greame Friedman

PIZAHN by Axel Schilton


Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information.

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