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

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"From Richard Simmons to Stephen Covey, Lisick spends a month on each self-improvement task and distills it all, very wittily, for our reading pleasure. What is most surprising about Lisick's record of her experiences is her complete lack of guile. While exposing some of the most absurd or ineffective advice of our most famous self-help gurus, Lisick seems to genuinely try to follow their precepts in earnest..." Danielle Marshall, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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Grappling with her lifelong phobia of anything slick, cheesy, or remotely claiming to provide self-empowerment, Beth Lisick wakes up on New Year's Day 2006 with an unprecedented feeling. She is finally able to admit to herself that she's grown tired of embracing the same old set of nagging problems year after year. She has no savings account. Her house feels unorganized and chaotic. She and her husband never hang out together. The last time she exercised regularly was as a member of her high school track team almost twenty years ago.

Instead of turning to advice from the abundant pool of local life coaches, therapists, and healers readily available on her home turf of northern California, Beth confronts her fears head-on. She consults the multimillion-dollar-earning pros and national experts, not only reading their bestselling books but also attending their seminars and classes. In Chicago, she gets proactive with The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In Atlanta, she tries to get a handle on exactly why "women are from Venus," and in a highly comedic bout on the high seas of the Caribbean, she gamely sweats to the oldies on a weeklong Cruise to Lose with Richard Simmons.

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. Beth doesn't think of herself as the typical self-help victim. But is she?

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"Lisick...is sharp, irreverent and endearingly screwed-up. Her experiment may not have solved all of her problems, but she got an enjoyable book out of it. Funny, perceptive and surprisingly open-hearted under the cynicism." Kirkus Reviews

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"[Lisick] recounts her hilarious experiences with experts including Steven Covey, business coach extraordinaire...and describes sailing while exercising with Richard Simmons." Booklist

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"[N]ot only hilarious but enlightening." People

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"[A] hilarious, knowing tale of a year of willing ridiculousness." San Francisco Chronicle

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"[Lisick]'s developed a 12-step program for hip, creative, thirtysomething parents whose lives are almost perfect. She may even become a self-help guru herself — who wouldn't want a life-coach who dresses like a banana?" Oregonian

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"[S]weetly neurotic, funny and occasionally insightful — like Lisick herself." Los Angeles Times

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Beth Lisick, author of the New York Times bestseller Everybody into the Pool, is also a performer and an odd-jobs enthusiast. She has contributed to public radio's This American Life and is the cofounder of the monthly Porchlight storytelling series in San Francisco.

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Nick Chapman, January 30, 2008 (view all comments by Nick Chapman)
Beth Lisick is always a treasure - quirky, irreverent, unpredictable and intelligent. What's amazing about her is that she is so much the same in her writing as her music. Her album, pass, as The Beth Lisick Ordeal is a perennial favorite of mine.
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Julia Callahan, January 27, 2008 (view all comments by Julia Callahan)
I'm a huge fan of all of Beth's work, but this goes above and beyond. Of course it is completely hilarious and had me laughing out-loud on multiple occasions, but it also gives some good advice about how to choose who to take advice from. She's up front and honest and it is clear that she took this project seriously, as she rarely goes into a seminar or author with a prejudice of any kind. My favorite section was her experiences on Richard Simmons' 'Cruise to Lose,' priceless!
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takingadayoff, December 4, 2007 (view all comments by takingadayoff)
Just in time for the New Year! Beth Lisick decides to improve her life in every way by turning to the experts: Suze Orman, Richard Simmons, the guy who wrote the Chicken Soup series, the guy who wrote Men are From Mars... She is determined to take this project seriously, but fortunately for us, doesn't quite succeed. Very funny!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061143960
Subtitle:
One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone
Author:
Lisick, Beth
Author:
by Beth Lisick
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
Women -- Psychology.
Subject:
Self-help techniques
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080102
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.97 in 17.44 oz

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"Review A Day" by , "From Richard Simmons to Stephen Covey, Lisick spends a month on each self-improvement task and distills it all, very wittily, for our reading pleasure. What is most surprising about Lisick's record of her experiences is her complete lack of guile. While exposing some of the most absurd or ineffective advice of our most famous self-help gurus, Lisick seems to genuinely try to follow their precepts in earnest..." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Lisick...is sharp, irreverent and endearingly screwed-up. Her experiment may not have solved all of her problems, but she got an enjoyable book out of it. Funny, perceptive and surprisingly open-hearted under the cynicism."
"Review" by , "[Lisick] recounts her hilarious experiences with experts including Steven Covey, business coach extraordinaire...and describes sailing while exercising with Richard Simmons."
"Review" by , "[N]ot only hilarious but enlightening."
"Review" by , "[A] hilarious, knowing tale of a year of willing ridiculousness."
"Review" by , "[Lisick]'s developed a 12-step program for hip, creative, thirtysomething parents whose lives are almost perfect. She may even become a self-help guru herself — who wouldn't want a life-coach who dresses like a banana?"
"Review" by , "[S]weetly neurotic, funny and occasionally insightful — like Lisick herself."
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