Help Me! One Woman's Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      American Library Association
    • Publication Date:
      2018
    • Abstract:
      * Help Me! One Woman's Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life. By Marianne Power. Jan. 2019.360p. Grove, $26 (9780802129062). 158. [...]
    • ISSN:
      0006-7385
    • Rights:
      COPYRIGHT 2018 American Library Association
      Copyright 2018 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
    • Accession Number:
      edsgcl.563682386
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      SMITH, C. Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life. Booklist, [s. l.], n. 6, p. 2, 2018. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.563682386&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 20 fev. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Smith C. Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life. Booklist. 2018;(6):2. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.563682386&custid=s3443875. Accessed February 20, 2020.
    • APA:
      Smith, C. (2018). Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life. Booklist, 6, 2.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Smith, Candace. 2018. “Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life.” Booklist. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.563682386&custid=s3443875.
    • Harvard:
      Smith, C. (2018) ‘Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life’, Booklist, p. 2. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.563682386&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 20 February 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Smith, C 2018, ‘Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life’, Booklist, no. 6, p. 2, viewed 20 February 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Smith, Candace. “Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life.” Booklist, no. 6, 2018, p. 2. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.563682386&custid=s3443875.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Smith, Candace. “Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life.” Booklist, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.563682386&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Smith C. Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life. Booklist [Internet]. 2018 [cited 2020 Feb 20];(6):2. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.563682386&custid=s3443875

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 November #2

*Starred Review* Can there be such a thing as too much help? Freelance British journalist Power decides to focus on one self-help book per month for a year to finally get her life into shape. She not only reads each book but also religiously adopts the advice and attends seminars (when available) sponsored by the authors. Inspired by Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (1987), by Susan Jeffers, Power spends her first month posing nude for an art class, jumping out of an airplane, and doing a stand-up comedy routine. Power taps into such major gurus as Tony Robbins (Unleash the Power Within, 1999), Rhonda Byrne (The Secret, 2006), Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 1989), and Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now, 1997), with variable success. Along the way, Power falls out with one of her oldest friends, finds herself buried in debt, and becomes depressed by her single status. She is brutally honest about her shortcomings and way too hard on herself. Her journey takes months longer than planned, but she has moments of true enlightenment when she realizes that digging deep can be painful. Some of her plights are hilarious; others are almost unbearably poignant. Self-help seekers will be moved and entertained by Power's over-the-top exploits. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 September #1

For years, London-based journalist Power thumbed through various self-help guides, then woke up to the realization that she still wasn't living her dream life and decided to test these guides systematically, following one a month in the hopes of finding her perfect new self. Sold to 23 countries worldwide.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 November #4

In this frank, funny, and occasionally heartbreaking debut, journalist Power ably lays bare her yearlong quest to live by the tenets of a different self-help book every month. Power reads Rhonda Burns's The Secret, Get the Guy by Matthew Hussey, and Tony Robbins's Unleash the Power Within. Taking a retreat based on John C. Parkin's F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way, Power travels to Italy with other self-help junkies. None of the ideas changed her life, but Power's book itself becomes her key to self-help. She ruminates on the endless quest to be the best person possible, and the many detours it has inspired. She believes that continually setting the bar higher has made her feel like a failure, and that "perfection comes not from getting what you think you want but from opening your eyes and recognizing that you have everything you could possibly need right now." Already a bestseller in Power's native England, the book will surely find a welcoming American readership. Power's total honesty and openness will make readers realize that, at heart, everyone has similar secret fears and insecurities. Agent: Rachel Mills, Furniss Lawton.(Jan.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.