Friday, January 21, 2011

Self Help

Book Title: Self Help--Your Complete Book Bad Advice For
        Every Situation in Life
Author: Quentin Smeltzer
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 9781432753146
Reviewed by Michele Tater for Review The Book

“I went to a bookstore and asked that saleswoman, Where’s the self-help section? She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.” ~George Carlin

If the “bad advice” in the title of this book is not warning enough, do not follow anything mentioned in this book. It’s like the stunts you see on TV where they tell you that they are done by professionals and not to be done by amateurs. The author is not a doctor of any kind and therefore can not really give you self help tips that he not is qualified to give.

That beginning said, I think this book have value in what not to do in your life unless you want to loose your job, your family and any self esteem that you may have had. The book is broken down 44 chapters that are short,  sweet and easy to read. These chapter advise you on to succeed in nothing really and how to be well at something your are not and probably won‘t be even after you read it. The writer’s views of the men vs. women paradigm are funny in a non-threatening way, at least for me, I happen to be in a marriage where we know how places, sort of speak. Some people may take offense to these points-of-view but I think they maybe in denial. Just kidding, see someone might take Mr. Smeltzer the wrong way, but if you are an open mined person with a good sense of humor you will enjoy this book.

The author is self professed stand-up comedian that shows in his humorous way of writing. If anything is book will make you lol (laugh out loud) and have great aha moments, along with huh moments. I found it simple to read, not that the writer was simple or anything, it was just written in easy language. I do recommend “Self Help” to someone that is employed, in a great relationship and not easily swagged by what they read.