I've read some 150 books within last two years. I bought two of them: Snuff by Terry Pratchett, because I worship anything written by Terry Pratchett and Smile or Die by Barbara Ehrenreich, because I'll support anyone who stands up against the Enforced Smiling Culture.
Unless you're a very lucky individual, you'll recognise what culture I'm talking about. It's the culture of 'think positive', 'quit moaning' and 'fake it till you make it'. If I was to describe this culture in one word only, I would choose 'nauseating'.
While the book was good enough to allow me to recommend it with clear conscience, it was the concept behind Smile or Die that left me breathless with excitement. Wow, finally someone has said it out loud! Finally someone has noticed and cared enough to write a book about the terrorists from the Smiling Society!
But what exactly is wrong with smiling? Read on to find out.