Any book is a self-help guide if you can take something from it. – Kevin Smith

Re-reading the July selection for alt+library book club is cracking me up. Beth Lisick has the same approach to the “self-help” genre that I do. In fact the reason my psych degree remained a BA and I opted for a Masters in Information Science, instead of going further in the psychology field. (Though arguably public librarianship is strikingly similar to counseling so there’s that . . .) But reading a humorist’s take on a variety of “gurus” in different change-your-life fields is pretty darned entertaining. That said, I definitely get sucked into articles like Lessons from Punk Rock on BuzzFeed. And I have novels that I read regularly as a form of bibliotherapy – a way to hit the reset button or be tragically self-indulgent or whatever else I might need at the time. I also love to recommend books in the same way, the right title for the right mood/time.

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Comment below: what is YOUR self-help book? Is it embarrassing? Or do you have a go-to you like to share?

/jess

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2 thoughts on “Any book is a self-help guide if you can take something from it. – Kevin Smith

  1. My two favorite self-help books are indeed embarrassing: “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” by Steve Harvey and “Codependent No More” by Melody Beattie.

  2. I still refer to Eckart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. The part that resonates with me is that our egos can get out of control but only if you let it.

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