Radical Radiance: 12 Weeks of Self-Love Rituals To Manifest Abundance, Beauty, and Joy

St. Martin’s Essentials. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250853196. $27.99. SELF-HELP
Former professional concert pianist Kim writes a book about self-care that draws first from her own life and the years she spent burning out on her first career; even when she leveraged her hobby of homemade skincare products into a revenue stream (founding Savor Beauty and Spa), she still felt adrift. The narrative then pivots to Kim’s 12-week “self-love” plan: 12 rituals based in Korean skincare regimens, meant to care for both inner and outer beauty. All the while, Kim weaves in further details about her own journey from overworked, unfulfilled, and disconnected to satisfied, content, and in touch with her life. Kim has an appealing writing style and has certainly led a life interesting enough to write about. The book is also strengthened by her reconnecting with her mother’s tradition of Korean skincare, which she uses to illuminate points about what she dubs “soul care.” Note that the book focuses on a female audience, and there’s little scientific backing to some of the claims, which sways the tone of book further toward spirituality or memoir than self-help.
VERDICT Although not without its problems, this title is nevertheless a promising nonfiction selection, with cross-appeal factors for self-help, beauty, spirituality, and journaling.
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