from the Midwest Book Review
April 2016

Impressively well written from beginning to end, “DIARY of a 99%-er: The Struggle Between Survival and Creative Expression” is a compelling read that is as thoughtful and thought provoking as it is insightful and entertaining. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that “DIARY of a 99%-er” is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).


from De-Li Wei, a Cambodian blogger and fellow member of the Mont Order:
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Introducing D. Helene’s “Diary of a 99%-er: The Struggle Between Survival and Creative Self-Expression”
Dear Readers,

Life in the West is not all that some may imagine. While superficially and materially there may (or may not) be more to content one’s self with the vast majority of people are often stuck in the “rat race,” a seemingly never-ending struggle to keep up with the norms of a society that largely ignores the spiritual health of its members and while appearing more affluent than many of us in the East they are locked into a mind-numbing and soul-crushing existence where even the simple pleasures of living that we sometimes take for grant are missing. “The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” – the US particularly exemplifies this existence while in my observation it would be more aptly described the Land on the Unconsciously Enslaved within the Heart of Fear. A powerful elite has obtained almost complete dominance of society in a way that is quite pervasive and intrusive. The Occupy Movement named that elite the 1%. Only the 1% by my estimation actually enjoy to some degree the freedom of that society; a freedom they use to err greatly.

By contrast the life of the 99% is one dominated by hierarchy, bureaucracy and the expectation of mental slavery. Where if you don’t keep up and shut up you might easily find yourself struggling even to survive in a place that otherwise looks like paradise. A place where being poor is seen as a crime and being truly free is viewed as subversive. To free one’s self from the chains of mental slavery – as per the words of the famous song by Bob Marley – one really must attain to a spiritual awakening and real freedom.

One of my family members experienced this life first hand. She was changed by that experience. Living under such duress of pretend affluence working for the boss from hell in none other than the fashion industry, I could no longer recognize the kind and loving sister I once knew. She exhibited even some psychosis – waking in the middle of every night cursing and moving around in an agitated state within her apartment while I visited her once in New York City. I engaged her in her dream state: “Who am I?” “You know damn well who you are, you f@#$ing b^*ch,” then saying the name of her boss. This is not an acceptable “side-effect” of pursuing one’s dream, neither was the disguised poverty or anorexia. I wish she had given up that rat race then to pursue her bliss rather than a mere objective of superficial affluence and high fashion.

Our associate D. Helene has written a book addressing all these issues while giving insight upon what life is like living in that society. Most importantly she addresses the conundrum of a very modern life in Southern California; how to free one’s self from the struggle of living paycheck-to-paycheck in such an affluent, consumerist-based via a spiritual path. Although ostensibly a fictional account I sense that the author has lived out these experiences in one way or another.

You can sample her unique style in her self-published work “Diary of a 99%-er: The Struggle Between Survival and Creative Self-Expression” here and see if her work resonates with you. I certainly wish my sister could have read it when going through her career and personal struggles years ago.
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Highly Recommended!

By Lauren K. on April 18, 2015
Format: Paperback
D. Helene delivers a warm hearted, funny, intriguing, and enlightening story about an author struggling to survive in a world that feels like a one lane freeway headed straight into spiritual oblivion or enlightenment, no one truly knows for sure. But we sure can enjoy the journey, and definitely with an entertaining read such as this.

From Megan on GoodReads:
I won this book on goodreads. I enjoyed it. It was funny and had a ton of realistic views on work. You always hear people describe the big bosses as men and how controlling they are with the companies they own. This was a refreshing twist on the micro managing women. I really loved the main characters positive spin on her life after the recession. It was so good i read it in one day.

Can financial struggle be inspiring, humorous and discomforting all at once?
By Karen Russo on March 24, 2015
Format: Paperback
What a genuine, open hearted, frank diary of financial challenges– all in service of spiritual exploration!

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