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Raised in what he affectionately calls "our little honesty cult", Michael Leviton was ingrained with his parents' core philosophy: You do not tell any lies; you do not withhold the truth; and you speak your mind always, regardless of how offensive or hurtful your opinions may be. For young Michael, this freedom to be yourself - despite being bullied and ostracized at school - felt liberating. By the time Leviton was 29 years old, he had told three (what most people would consider) lies in his entire life. 

But his parents' enthusiasm for "just being honest" bordered on extreme. After Michael graduated high school and left home, truth telling - in job interviews, on dates, in social interactions - slowly lost its luster. When the only woman who ever appreciated his honesty brought this radical approach to truth into their relationship, Michael decided it was time to embrace the power of lying. 

To Be Honest is a quirky, tender, and wry story of a man discovering what it means and how it feels to lie in one's daily life.

©2020 Michael Leviton (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Angel
  • 2021/01/26

Finally an honest book for honest folks.

Honestly I haven’t related so much to a memoir in a long time, if ever.
Being too honest is a big problem for me. If we lived in an honest world, it’d be different, but alas everyone is lying about most things.
Few books are this honest, some would call it brutally honest, but I as a super honest person think this type of honesty as more graceful and kind, than brutal.
I do many of the same things the author does, but was amazed and impressed how he figured himself out and others and gamed the system what folks said and what folks really wanted. Also he articulated his Hero’s journey so deftly, he understood not only himself, but what the audience needed.
What a great love story, I was so sad when it ended. It was so lovingly and sharply told, as was all.
People are confusing and the opposite rule was quite ingenious. This could be a handbook for honest folks to deal with a world of comforting lies. I’m sure this book will help many and I hope more books like this will be written.
Otherwise I found myself laughing with him and always agreeing with his sound logic.
I kept wondering if maybe he was on the autism spectrum, but was delighted that was not mentioned, otherwise it is kinda a handicap being super honest.
I love how it was read, especially when the narrator laughed along a little with the funny parts, as if he was reliving them again.
The question is to be or not to be honest. No one likes super honest about everything, but how else will the world really know you? I guess it all depends on how much you value truth over happiness. Happiness is often mostly lies, while truth is often annoying or worse heartbreaking. Fact is that few can handle the truth and those that can aren’t made better for it, and perhaps live sadder lives for seeing the obvious, that few others perceive. Ignorance is no doubt more blissful.
Anyhow super grateful for this, dare I say BOLD Reflection? Which says, This is me, warts and all, this is not the person that wants to be liked or loved, but needs to be understood. Shine on you crazy Diamond.

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  • Presley's Mom
  • 2021/02/03

So True, Totally hilarious, insightful.

loved it, quite insightful, so true, and totally hilarious. Highly recommended. Sad that he and Eve broke up and he was the one that finally left her.

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  • Jenifer
  • 2021/01/29

Wonderful story

The author is a great writer; lots of funny and interesting turns of phrase (many self-deprecating). It goes too fast and I was enthralled the whole way

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  • 2021/10/01

Honestly Worth the Listen

Thoroughly enjoyed this, especially the early parts about Michael's childhood. I like books narrated by the author and I appreciated that his amusement in parts wasn't edited out. Sort of goes with the theme! I got a lot more out of this than I expected.