Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone

Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone

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by Beth Lisick
     
 

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Beth Lisick has had a lifelong phobia of anything slick, cheesy, or that remotely claims to provide self-empowerment. But on New Year's Day 2006, she wakes up finally able to admit that something has to change. Determined to confront her fears head-on, Beth sets out to fix her life by consulting the multimillion-dollar-earning experts. In Chicago, she gets

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Beth Lisick has had a lifelong phobia of anything slick, cheesy, or that remotely claims to provide self-empowerment. But on New Year's Day 2006, she wakes up finally able to admit that something has to change. Determined to confront her fears head-on, Beth sets out to fix her life by consulting the multimillion-dollar-earning experts. In Chicago, she gets proactive with The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In Atlanta, she struggles to understand why "women are from Venus." She gamely sweats to the oldies on a weeklong Cruise to Lose with Richard Simmons on the high seas of the Caribbean. Throughout this yearlong experiment, Beth tries extremely hard to maintain her wry sense of humor and easygoing nature, even as she starts to fall prey to some of the experts' ideas—ideas she thought she'd spent her whole life rejecting.

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
“Lisick has created a hilarious, knowing tale of a year of willing ridiculousness.”
Entertainment Weekly
“A witty, disarmingly earnest account of the year [Lisick] spent test-driving renowned self-help franchises.”
People
not only hilarious but enlightening... Readers will be inspired: If a woman in a banana suit can clean her closet and pay off her credit card debt, surely you can, too.”
Los Angeles Times
“sweetly neurotic, funny and occasionally insightful.”
Seattle Times
“wildly funny” and “a cross between David Sedaris and Susan Orlean.”
Bust Magazine
“Beth Lisick’s latest book is a wildly fun read that falls somewhere in between memoir and a Cliffs Notes guide to the self-help genre.”
People Magazine
not only hilarious but enlightening... Readers will be inspired: If a woman in a banana suit can clean her closet and pay off her credit card debt, surely you can, too."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061710735
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/20/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 4.74(h) x 0.68(d)

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