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Books That Make You is a channel about all things bookish. Home to the The Books That Make You show with host Desiree Duffy of Black Chateau Enterprises. Where she discuses books with authors and experts, unraveling the inner pages of all the books that help make us who we are. BTMY also live streams bookish events as well as posting author readings and bookish contest on

Jul 8, 2020

Sure, we all get cranky from time to time. Many self-help books are quick to prescribe mindfulness and meditation, to imply there is something wrong with us if we can’t cope with the world. As a result, we feel small, inferior, and, well … cranky.

But what if it was okay to be cranky? And what if I told you that crankiness began with the last surviving dinosaur?

Yes, that’s right. The TyrantoCrankaTsuris, to be exact, featured in The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris, a children’s book from author Steven Joseph, who also penned The Crankatsuris Method: A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness.

The first-generation American son of a Holocaust Survivor, Steven Joseph is an attorney, a negotiator, a speaker, an author, and a  5-time Boston Marathon and 16-time NYC Marathon runner. He’s also a humorist who has spent 28 years as a partner with therapists. Despite everything, he knows he hasn’t figured it all out – except, maybe, for crankiness.

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