Promise Land: My Journey through America's Self-Help Culture

Promise Land: My Journey through America's Self-Help Culture

"A funny yet surprisingly nuanced look at the legends and ideas of the self-help industry" (People, 3.5 stars), Promise Land explores the American devotion to self-improvement--even as the author attempts some deeply personal improvements of her own.

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… (more)

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Ms. Lamb-Shapiro, whose writing has been published in McSweeney's and Open City, maintains a conversational, nonjudgmental tone, whether discussing family secrets or the eccentricities of her fellow seekers.


Book Details  


Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 07, 2014)

Parent ISBN: 9781439100219

Page count: 240 pages

File size: 3 MB

Language: English


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