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By Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

“A humorous but strangely nuanced examine the legends and ideas of the self-help undefined” (People, 3.5 stars), Promise Land explores the yankee devotion to self-improvement—even because the writer makes an attempt a few deeply own advancements of her own.

Raised through a baby psychologist who used to be himself the writer of diverse self-help books, as an grownup Jessica Lamb-Shapiro came upon herself either repelled and interested by the undefined: did all of those books, tapes, weekend seminars, teams, posters, t-shirts, and trinkets quite support anyone? Why perform a little humans swear by means of the ability of confident considering, whereas others brush off it as such a lot of empty promises?

Promise Land is an irreverent journey in the course of the great and weird reaches of the area of self-help. within the identify of study, Jessica tried to medication herself of phobias, the foundations to satisfy and date males, walked on scorching coals, or even attended a self-help seminar for writers of self-help books. however the extra she delved into the background and perform of self-help, the extra she discovered her curiosity used to be even more than educational. compelled right into a disagreement with the silent grief that had haunted either her and her father on the grounds that her mother’s demise while she used to be a toddler, she discovered that usually considering you recognize every little thing a couple of topic is a fashion of hiding from your self the truth that you recognize not anything at all.

“A jaunty, cannily written memoir” (Chicago Tribune), Promise Land is cultural heritage from “a witty and enjoyably self-aware writer…Jessica Lamb-Shapiro’s expertise as a storyteller is indisputable” (The long island instances ebook Review).

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