THIS IS HOW : PROVEN AID IN OVERCOMING SHYNESS, MOLESTATION, FATNESS, SPINSTERHOOD, GRIEF, DISEASE, LUSHERY, DECREPITUDE & MORE– FOR YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE / Augusten Burroughs

Hands down, this is simply the best self-help book I have ever read. The author has been through a lot. As a child he was given away by his mother to her wacky psychiatrist.  Throughout his life he has struggled with numerous addictions to and has attempted suicide.  His basic premise is that there is a logical way to handle whatever dilemma you’re facing.  Too fat?  If being thin is what you truly desire for yourself, you will achieve your goal. If you need willpower or a diet, you will fail. I particularly liked his analysis of suicide: if what you want is to end your life then end it by abandoning your old life and starting a new one.  As I experience serious illnesses, grief, loneliness, and life’s vicissitudes, this is the book I want by my side.     Val 8/3/2018

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