Just the Good Stuff: No-BS Secrets to Success (No Matter What Life Throws at You)

Harmony: Crown. Apr. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9780593796375. $28. SELF-HELP
For readers who enjoy the no-nonsense, to-the-point writing found on Axios or Politico, this how-to book by VandeHei (the cofounder of those news sites) is the right choice. The author offers advice on how to create a successful and fulfilling life, even suggesting how to use the book and encouraging readers to take their time to process what they learn. Life, work, leadership, communication, and what brings you joy are covered in the title’s six parts. Each topic emphasizes why it matters, how it relates to the big picture, and how and why readers should act for change. The book is user-friendly and lends itself to repeated reading. This is not a book for those who want step-by-step guidance or prefer longer explanations or examples.
VERDICT Readers who enjoyed VandeHei’s previous work Smart Brevity: The Power of Saying More with Less will appreciate the writing style. Similarly, fans of The No-BS Self-Help Book by Honerod will find this title refreshing. Libraries looking to expand their self-help collections would greatly benefit from adding this book.
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