Oprah & Others: Self-Help Reviews, Mar. 2019, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Oprah makes the path clear for us, as do Ashton Applewhite, Don Lemon, and Gretchen Rubin.

Applewhite, Ashton. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. Celadon: Macmillan. Mar. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781250311481. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781250297242. CD. SELF-HELP/AGING

Activist and TED speaker Applewhite leaps from her eponymous blog to a full-scale work exploring the history and consequences of ageism, the burdens of ageist stereotypes from boardroom to bedroom, and what an age-friendly society might look like. A manifesto for sure; big promotion.

Lemon, Don. The Hundred. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Mar. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9780062886705. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062886729. SELF-HELP

Deeply upset by the 2016 election, the host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon found himself overeating, overdrinking, and disconnecting socially as he fought to stay calm. Then he decided to launch a 100-day program aimed at self-improvement, focusing on his core values and what he could control. Here’s how he did it. With a 125,000-copy first printing.

Rubin, Gretchen. Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize To Make More Room for Happiness. Harmony. Mar. 2019. 208p. ISBN 9781984822802. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781984822819. SELF-HELP

Everyone’s favorite self-help author—she’s sold over 3 million copies worldwide of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, Better Than Before, and The Four Tendencies—Rubin offers 150 appropriately short, neat, elegant ideas for facing down our stuff and decluttering our surroundings to bring ourselves inner peace. You don’t have to read straight through, just grab the clean-up ideas you want.

Winfrey, Oprah. The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose. Flatiron: Macmillan. Mar. 2019. 208p. ISBN 9781250307507. $27.99. CD. SELF-HELP

Insisting that everyone has a purpose, Winfrey proclaims that “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.” But where to start? Here she offers her own lessons and personal stories to help you launch toward a better life. With four-page color photographs throughout.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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