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The Resource Promise land : my journey through America's self-help culture, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

Promise land : my journey through America's self-help culture, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

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Promise land : my journey through America's self-help culture
Title
Promise land
Title remainder
my journey through America's self-help culture
Statement of responsibility
Jessica Lamb-Shapiro
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Raised by a child psychologist who was himself the author of numerous self-help books, as an adult Jessica Lamb-Shapiro found herself both repelled and fascinated by the industry: did all of these books, tapes, weekend seminars, groups, posters, t-shirts and trinkets really help anybody? Why do some people swear by the power of positive thinking, while others dismiss it as so many empty promises? Promise Land is an irreverent tour through the vast and strange reaches of the world of self-help. In the name of research, Jessica--a self-admitted nervous wreck at the best of times--attempted to cure herself of phobias, followed The Rules to meet and date men, walked on hot coals, and even attended a self-help seminar for writers of self-help books. But the more she delved into the history and practice of self-help, the more she realized her interest was much more than academic. Forced into a confrontation with the silent grief that had haunted both her and her father since her mother's death when she was a baby, she realized that sometimes thinking you know everything about a subject is a way of hiding from yourself the fact that you know nothing at all"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lamb-Shapiro, Jessica
Dewey number
616.890092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Self-care, Health
  • Self-care, Health
  • Psychologists
  • Self-management (Psychology)
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
  • Psychologists
  • Self-care, Health
  • Self-care, Health
  • Self-management (Psychology)
Label
Promise land : my journey through America's self-help culture, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-224)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: On missing the obvious -- We need heart-touching, soul-penetrating stories! : the power of inspirational tales -- Apparently, there are rules : control and the defense against loss -- In which I walk on hot coals : the power of positive thinking -- Dr. Choking Game : the cult of expertise -- The Secret is not a secret : vision boards and the Law of Attraction -- A fellowship of nervous freaks : overcoming phobias and fears -- The saddest camp in the world : on grief and grieving -- New frontiers of weirdness : the future of self-help -- Consider the kitten poster : what kind of life is worth living -- Epilogue: In which my father and I break into a cemetery
Control code
ocn836261514
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xii, 224 pages
Isbn
9781439100219
Isbn Type
(trade paperback)
Lccn
2013011014
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)836261514
Label
Promise land : my journey through America's self-help culture, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-224)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: On missing the obvious -- We need heart-touching, soul-penetrating stories! : the power of inspirational tales -- Apparently, there are rules : control and the defense against loss -- In which I walk on hot coals : the power of positive thinking -- Dr. Choking Game : the cult of expertise -- The Secret is not a secret : vision boards and the Law of Attraction -- A fellowship of nervous freaks : overcoming phobias and fears -- The saddest camp in the world : on grief and grieving -- New frontiers of weirdness : the future of self-help -- Consider the kitten poster : what kind of life is worth living -- Epilogue: In which my father and I break into a cemetery
Control code
ocn836261514
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xii, 224 pages
Isbn
9781439100219
Isbn Type
(trade paperback)
Lccn
2013011014
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)836261514

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