Category Archives: Self-Help

The Bridal Wave by Erin Torneo and Valerie Cabrera Krause

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 231 pages, 2007 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: My bridal wave started last year. Synopsis: The subtitle of this book is A Survival Guide to the Everyone-I-Know- is-Getting-Married Years, and when you need this book, you will absolutely know. The Bridal Wave offers up tips on everything from dealing with your […]

A Virgin’s Guide to Everything by Lauren McCutcheon

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 376 pages, 2005 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: Like most people, there are always things I’m putting off doing ‘until I know enough to do it right.’ Synopsis: Has there ever been something you wanted to do – eating sushi, getting a massage, going to a foreign country – but you […]

You Drive Me Crazy by Mary D. Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Velez

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 179 pages, 2005 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I’m usually pretty skittish about poetry, but was lured in by the subtitle: ‘Love Poems for Real Life.’ Synopsis: Why pretend that love is all wonderful, all of the time? Esselman and Vélez counteract the elated bliss of most love-themed anthologies with a […]

Better Than Beauty by Helen Valentine and Alice Thompson

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 164 pages, 1938 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: It’s always fun to see what standards previous generations had to live up to in comparison to today. I think I heard about the book on BookCrazy. Synopsis: Better Than Beauty is just what the subtitle says, a guide to charm. It begins […]

How to Ruin Your Love Life by Ben Stein

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 116 pages, 2003 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: I saw it when I was browsing the shelves at the library, and picked it up because I’ve been enjoying the television game show Win Ben Stein’s Money the past few months. There’s nothing better than people that have brains crammed to bursting […]

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 148 pages, 1975 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I was looking for a simple how-to book on meditation. Synopsis: Hanh, a zen master, explains meditation techniques that keep the mind focused on the current moment. Through short anecdotes and instructions on breathing techniques, Hanh shows the reader how […]

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy by Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 256 pages, 2004 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: I think the tv show is hilarious. Synopsis: Television’s Fab Five continue their quest to improve straight men, this time in book form. Each expert focuses on their area of expertise in an individual section: food and wine (Ted); grooming […]

The Ultimate Weight Solution by Dr. Phil McGraw

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in mass market), 336 pages, 2003 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I’ve become mesmerized over the past few months by Dr. Phil’s big shiny head. No, really. Synopsis: Dr. Phil looks at a triad of weight loss factors: eating, exercising, and perhaps most importantly, the psychological aspects that hold people […]

The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 330 pages, 2002 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I happened upon this one on Amazon and was intrigued by the title, being an introvert myself. Synopsis: Laney explains the personality traits of introverts in contrast to extroverts, and goes through how introverts can use those traits to succeed in relationships, work, […]