Self-help: the term evokes the busier aisles of the bookstore and some of the most popular ranges in any local public library. It is also, as we know, a category of writing, publishing, and reading subjected to a great deal of mockery and satire in the public sphere and, perhaps, deservedly so: there is a kind of rapid reach for easy conclusions and at times a haste in writing and structure that leaves self-help writers and readers vulnerable to the most contemptuous sort of criticism.
By LJ Staff CARLOMAGNO, MARY. Give It Up!: My Year of Learning To Live Better With Less. Morrow. Jan. 2006. c.208p. ISBN 0-06-078980-8. pap. $14.95. SELF-HELP Just in time for New Year’s resolutions comes Carlomagno’s journal of sequential abstinence. Tired of stress and an overscheduled lifestyle, this founder of Order, a company that specializes in […]