Practically Perfect in Every Way: My Misadventures Through the World of Self-Help--and Back

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Penguin, May 6, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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From Dr. Phil to the Fly Lady...“A level-headed, laugh-out-loud tour of the loopy world of self-help.”( Ann Crittenden, author of The Price of Motherhood and If You’ve Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything)

Jennifer Niesslein has an okay life. But, dogged by a sense of dissatisfaction and a yearning for something she can’t quite name, she embarks on a two-year experiment, taking all manner of self-help advice— from housecleaning to marital to spiritual—in an effort to become a better, happier person. What Niesslein learns is that the road to self-help Nirvana is fraught with peril. She also discovers that there is such a thing as the good life—it’s just a question of how perfect you have to be to get it.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

I'm torn about how to review this book. For me, it started weak, got almost to the point of unbearable, and came back strong at the very end. The conceit here is that Niesslein, a basically content ... Read full review

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I’ve been thinking about happiness since last summer. I’ve read books on happiness and taken notes on happiness and tried out happiness theories. Jennifer Niesslein has spent the same time and energy ... Read full review


The House
The Money
The Marriage
The Attempt to Screw My Head on Straight
The People Other Than Brandon and Caleb
The Body
8 The Soul
The Thrilling Conclusion

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