HELP ME! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life Since I started writing about self-help books, I’ve been forced to out myself — I love them. Not to improve myself, of course, since other than my looks and personality and value system, I’m perfect. No, I love them because the good ones can give you a little life jolt that’s as useful as a double espresso. The trick to reading these books is to heed one of the primary tenets of the recovery movement: “Take what you need and leave the rest.” Alas, Marianne Power didn’t get the memo. Power, a British freelance journalist and blogger, believed everything about herself needed overhauling. She knew she was a good person, but she was, to use that wonderful expression, crap at daily life. The book jacket shows an adorable slim redhead. But she hated her thighs and her teeth and her unwashed ginger hair. (“So wash it!” I think, about 20 times, reading along.) She hated her drinking and debt; she hated the fact that she was in her mid-30s and still didn’t have a serious relationship. Power had been a self-help junkie for more than… Read full this story
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