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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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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In high school I had a friend who decided to try some experiments out on himself that he had read about. He simultaneously ate only brown bread and apple juice and slept 2 hours at night and another ... 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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