Glow in the F*cking Dark: Simple Practices To Heal Your Soul, from Someone Who Learned the Hard Way

Dial. Feb. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780593243091. $28. SELF-HELP
Schuster’s latest self-care guide nicely complements her first book, Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies, in which she discusses reparenting herself after a traumatic childhood. Those who’ve read Lilies will recognize Schuster’s voice as an old friend or big sister who uses her own experiences, warts and all, to teach readers how to be caretakers of their future selves. Hot off losing her Comedy Central job due to COVID cutbacks, Schuster relocates to Arizona to try and make a positive impact during the 2020 election. She is thoughtful and funny as she reflects on subpar relationships, lessons from Judaism, and experiences in therapy. She offers accessible tips on how to grow despite difficult circumstances: build rituals one at a time, get a handle on your finances (and your fertility), and make peace with your body. These ideas aren’t new, but her writing is so sympathetic. The book closes by reminding readers that one’s inner glow and outer expressions of gratitude are closely connected.
VERDICT Readers will easily connect with Schuster’s humor and vulnerability and cheer for her and for themselves in this lovely, introspective memoir and guide.
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