Self-Help

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Women and Their Cars, Survival Tactics, Love-Eat-Train, Climate Change, Hygge | Self-Help Reviews

The titles reviewed this month outline ways to achieve happiness and success in careers and relationships. While some authors address challenges that seem to be ongoing, others explain how to feel even better.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: July 2017

Employing humor, affection, and the careful eye of a trained art historian, Gopnik offers an enjoyable and engaging story of New York City; Banks’s comprehensive Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide is indispensable; Lythcott-Haims faces difficult truths head-on in her memoir, an important addition to any collection; Twitty’s lip-smacking period recipes are valuable contributions to Old South historiography

Life After Loss, Intuitive Art, Recovery Memoirs, Building Resiliency | Self-Help Reviews

TAKE A BREAK, BREATHE, AND HELP OTHERS Except for a few books, this column reviews the newest works dealing with the most challenging aspects of life.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: May 1, 2017

Climbers will inhale Caldwell’s book and want more; poet Kampa’s urge to feel, to will herself into others’ being, is a gift that will carry her far; comedian Boyle’s book is hard to put down and full of solid advice; clear, real-world discussions of issues facing transgender people; perfect for browsing, this work will awaken a desire for questing and adventure

Something for Everyone | Self-Help Reviews, March 1, 2017

As most of us know, there are many ways to improve ourselves. There are the global avenues of fitness, nutrition, spirituality, and the like, and then there are the specific tasks we need to work on to accomplish our goals. This month’s column offers a selection of both.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: March 1, 2017

Sullivan’s valuable, accessible wisdom can be employed immediately; a careful historical portrait of Hypatia, one of antiquity’s most accomplished women; a sober and well-argued study of the basic income concept; a tour-de-force survey of what is known about why we behave the way we do

The Nordic Way to Happy | Wyatt’s World

On the heels of calm interventions such as adult coloring books and only keeping possessions that spark joy, a new lifestyle movement is afoot. Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish concept that encourages finding meaning in the everyday.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: February 1, 2017

Zornberg’s Moses is not for the faint of heart; Horta’s scholarly, albeit witty and entertaining analysis and style will have wide appeal; Hatch’s memoir will move readers who are interested in global health, medical education, and biographies in general

The Good Life—And How To Find It | Self-Help Reviews, November 15, 2016

THE GOOD LIFE—AND HOW TO FIND IT is the theme for this column’s assortment of self-help books. While each author offers a different technique for doing that, some common themes include taking responsibility for one’s own well-being, spending quality time with the people we love, and simply beginning by doing one thing in the right direction.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 15, 2016

The eminently accessible Comfort & Glory will make a wonderful addition to public libraries of all sizes; a worthy memorial to novelist Conroy; in-depth, empowering memoirs from Bosworth, Viloria; authentic, accessible, and inspiring, Olympian Vonn’s Strong Is the New Beautiful