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Tiny Joys: A Guide to Embracing Your Inner Coastal Grandmother

This beautifully illustrated book is a fun read, but it may not be suitable for library purchase.

Dry Humping: A Guide to Dating, Relating, and Hooking Up Without the Booze

Most relevant for readers in recovery or who are interested in sobriety, but also a revealing read for daters and nondrinkers in general.

Your Future Self: How To Make Tomorrow Better Today

A comprehensive and mindful discussion of decision making that’s designed to benefit readers’ current and future selves. Recommended for libraries where there is interest in psychology or self-help.

Write It All Down: How To Put Your Life on the Page

Recommended especially for novice writers interested in memoirs.

The Way of the Fearless Writer: Mindful Wisdom for a Flourishing Writing Life

Readers and writers comfortable with the style and tone of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way will be drawn to this book.

STFU: The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in an Endlessly Noisy World

Lyons covers causes and solutions for everyday interactions and provides a persuasive argument for silence. Recommended for all audio collections.

I’m Ascending, Now What? Awaken Your Authentic Self, Own Your Power, Embody Your Truth

Recommended for those interested in self-help, transformation, introspection, and spirituality.

The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly: Life Wisdom from Someone Who Will (Probably) Die Before You

Magnusson’s wisdom combined with McElhone’s narration is an unbeatable combination. Recommend widely to listeners looking to embrace the aging process while enjoying every bit of goodness along the way.

In Each Other’s Care: A Guide to the Most Common Relationship Conflicts and How To Work Through Them

This is a well-organized and comprehensive guide for improving relationships that leans heavily on science and is best suited for practitioners. Recommended for academic libraries with family counseling programs and for large public libraries where self-help relationship books are popular.

Build Your Village: A Guide to Finding Joy and Community in Every Stage of Life

A versatile title that is relevant for many individual life situations. Excellent for libraries from big cities to rural towns.


Power Mood: Unlock Your Confidence, Transform Your Life & Command Your Value

This book stands out next to traditionally male-dominated leadership self-help book titles, comparable to how Clever Girl Finance by Bola Sokunbi and Her First $100K by Tori Dunlap stand out in the finance book field. DeMase is the career mentor that many corporate women have needed but never had. Most public library collections and academic libraries with a career section will find this an indispensable resource.

The School of Life: Quotes To Live By; A Collection To Revive and Inspire

An insightful book that could serve as part of a meditative routine or whenever someone requires some self-reflection to face life’s challenges. Some text originally appeared in articles on the School of Life website.

Sensitive: The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World

This readable, uplifting, research-backed guide will benefit the many highly sensitive people who are looking for ways to harness their sensitivity for the greater good, or simply for their own well-being. Highly recommended for all public library collections.

She Recovers Every Day: Meditations for Women

These daily meditations are a useful tool for those seeking to enhance their recovery toolkit.

Microjoys: Finding Hope (Especially) When Life Is Not Okay

Spiegel’s relatable approach, free of toxic positivity, will resonate with readers looking for a thoughtful way to reflect on the joys of everyday life, even when times are difficult.

The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying To Tell You

The revised edition is the result of the author conducting 10 additional years of research. The updated version is a valuable resource for all libraries.

Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief: Practices To Reclaim Your Body and Your Life

Best for physicians to introduce their patients to mindfulness meditation or patients who are looking to try guided meditation for pain relief.

The 5 Practices of Highly Resilient People: Why Some Flourish When Others Fold

Containing both insight and practical practices, this is a wonderful resource for anyone seeking help on how to cope with life’s challenges. Recommended for fans of Rick Hanson’s Resilient: How To Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness.

Excellent Advice for Living: Wisdom I Wish I’d Known Earlier

Readers interested in self-help or philosophy books and those who enjoyed Words of Wisdom by Raymond Russ will enjoy the witty assertiveness of Kelly’s life lessons. This book is also a great choice for enticing reluctant readers and those learning how to read English based on the colloquial language used throughout the book and the briefness of the passages. Everyone will find themselves wanting to share the advice with those younger than they are, just as Kelly encourages them to do.

Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World

Unlike Rubin’s more recent books, this is more a sensory travelogue than a guide to how readers can engage their own senses more effectively. While Rubin’s many fans will be engrossed, readers new to her world of self-examination may find the sensory navel-gazing off-putting.

Your Body Is a Revolution: Healing Our Relationships with Our Bodies, Each Other, and the Earth

Readers searching for a community-minded self-help title will enjoy this book, a refreshing, compassionate addition to the health and wellness space.

Permission To Speak: How to Change What Power Sounds Like, Starting with You

Although much of Bay’s guidance is directed at women, anyone with an interest in speaking, whether for a small group or an audience of thousands, can find practical techniques in this guide. This accessible blend of research and practical advice is recommended for public library collections.

So Sorry for Your Loss: How I Learned To Live with Grief, and Other Grave Concerns

Readers looking for how-to practical advice should look elsewhere. However, if read as autobiography or possibly even humorous essays, Gachman’s book delivers an offbeat offering of comfort, laughter, and peace by sharing how she is living with grief. Includes notes and suggested resources.

On Brand: Shape Your Narrative. Share Your Vision. Shift Their Perception

An accessible introduction to public relations and personal branding that can be applied to the professional realm and side hustles alike.

The Secret to Getting Along (and Why It’s Easier Than You Think): 3 Steps to Life-Changing Conflict Resolution

This book offers methods to address conflicts in all life’s areas (work, family, friendships). Recommended for anyone seeking to achieve accord or successful resolutions in the face of opposition.

Energy in Action: The Power of Emotions and Intuition To Cultivate Peace and Freedom

A fascinating approach to tap into one’s energies to become better aligned, this is best for those who want an alternative approach to self-help.

Body Neutral: A Revolutionary Guide to Overcoming Body Image Issues

A must-read for anyone interested in wellness trends, trauma and embodiment, and gender theory. It’s as suitable for academic libraries as it is for everyday readers tired of fighting against their desire to be or seem a specific way.

Take Your Own Advice: Learn To Trust Your Inner Voice and Start Helping Yourself

While not a replacement for a therapist, the book asks good questions to help readers open up and dig deeper, and gives stepping stones to better self-love.

You Will Find Your People: How To Make Meaningful Friendships as an Adult

For readers unfamiliar with Moore’s writing or comedy, this encouraging book dispenses practical and quirky advice packaged in quickly read chapters. For both fans and critics of Moore’s previous book, this is straightforward advice on how not to be alone by making friends.

Goodbye, Perfect: How To Stop Pleasing, Proving, and Pushing for Others…and Live for Yourself

This book is aimed at women, particularly women of color, but anyone who feels sidelined in the workplace may benefit. Kabir offers specific strategies for achieving optimal confidence, purpose, and success.

Am I Lying to Myself?: How To Overcome Denial and See the Truth

Highly recommended. Best for anyone interested in personal growth, self-help, and relationship issues.

Addicted to Drama: Healing Dependency on Crisis and Chaos in Yourself and Others

A helpful book that will assist individuals who struggle with drama addiction and/or are affected by drama addicts.

Get Rooted: Reclaim Your Soul, Serenity, and Sisterhood Through the Healing Medicine of the Grandmothers

A deeply felt, beautifully written account of intersectionality, personal responsibility, and growth.

Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age

May’s observant, moving essays are a balm for souls wearied by the nonstop pulse of contemporary life, and an invitation to reconnect with the outside world. A masterpiece of mindfulness in action; recommended for all libraries.

A Recipe for More: Ingredients for a Life of Abundance and Ease

With a diverse slate of contributors and Elise’s strong, guiding voice, this book provides the tools and the ingredients that everyone can use to live a richer, truer, and more abundant life.

Wisdom of Wildly Creative Women: Real Stories from Inspirational, Artistic, and Empowered Women

LoMenzo’s book is not a step-by-step self-help manual but rather a soothing inspirational guide that readers can binge-read in one or two sittings or savor slowly.

Goblin Mode: How To Get Cozy, Embrace Imperfection, and Thrive in the Muck

This guide to an aesthetic popular among millennials, zillennials, and Gen Z is perfect for the community. Readers will come away with many new home environment ideas and a better understanding of how they feel about themselves.

Travel Light: Spiritual Minimalism To Live a More Fulfilled Life

The principles are not new, but collectively present thoughtful perspective for achieving inner peace and an increased level of personal freedom. For most public libraries.

Navigating the Messy Middle: A Fiercely Honest and Wildly Encouraging Guide for Midlife Women

A wonderfully affirming volume that makes a compelling case for women to embrace the physical and mental changes happening in their lives and thrive. Best for those interested in gender studies, social history, and women’s health topics.

Positive Caregiving: Caring for Older Loved Ones Using the Power of Positive Emotions

The focus is on caring for older individuals and does not include medical guidance or advice for working with any disabilities. Kanter’s emphasis on creating a positive lens for this special relationship is refreshing.

Soul Shift: The Weary Human’s Guide to Getting Unstuck and Reclaiming Your Path to Joy

Stafford provides reassuring and inspiring words coaxing readers through each practice. Recommended for anyone needing to reconnect with their true inner selves and reclaim joy in today’s stressful world.

The Elevation Approach: Harness the Power of Work-Life Harmony To Unlock Your Creativity, Cultivate Joy, and Reach Your Biggest Goals

Full of encouraging words and examples to help readers feel that their goals can be reached, this is a recommended book for all collections.

Quitting: A Life Strategy

Helpful for those who grapple with the idea that they must finish what they start, Keller’s book will resonate with anyone who has questioned their path or their commitment.

You’ve Got This: Seven Steps to a Life You Love

Dunbar writes in an informal, nonjudgmental style that many readers will appreciate. A useful book that could serve as a guide for individuals trying to address their self-doubt or mollify negative thoughts or emotions.

Rethinking Intelligence: A Radical New Understanding of Our Human Potential

This deconstruction of what it means to be smart will appeal to readers who enjoy popular nonfiction in the vein of Daniel Pink’s When or The Power of Regret.

Dear Prudence: Liberating Lessons from’s Beloved Advice Column

Fans of “Dear Prudence” (or advice columns in general) will appreciate this well-curated retrospective, which is elevated by Lavery’s thoughtful annotations, reminiscences, and insights.

Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto

Hersey’s thoughtful championing of rest and resistance makes an impact. Pair with Shanita Hubbard’s Ride or Die and Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism.

All the Gold Stars: Reimagining Ambition and the Ways We Strive

Well-paired with other contemplative titles such as Katherine May’s Wintering and Casper ter Kuile’s The Power of Ritual, and an intriguing counterpoint to popular productivity-focused self-help titles such as James Clear’s Atomic Habits and Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism. An excellent, thoughtful, non-prescriptive treatise on a complicated idea.

SuperAging: Getting Older Without Getting Old

A timely read and a great handbook for a growing societal group seeking to delay their physical decline.

The Wellness Trap: Break Free from Diet Culture, Disinformation, and Dubious Diagnoses and Find Your True Well-Being

This title demonstrates that the wellness industry differs from true well-being as much as spa treatments differ from Audre Lorde’s original idea of self-care for activists. A valuable addition to conversations about race, class, ableism, and diet culture.

Working Girls: Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Professional Womanhood

The layout and photos in the print version are truly fabulous, but the audiobook is still a key purchase. This charismatic duo slays both on the page and in the recording booth.

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

Readers will easily connect with Schuster’s humor and vulnerability and cheer for her and for themselves in this lovely, introspective memoir and guide.

The Origins of You: How Breaking Family Patterns Can Liberate the Way We Live and Love

This book will appeal to fans of Pharaon’s Instagram page and those seeking a self-help guide to help them navigate family patterns and take control of their love lives.

8 Rules of Love: How To Find It, Keep It, and Let It Go

Shetty’s many Instagram fans will be eager to get their hands on this book. Readers who aren’t familiar with the author will be drawn in by his experiences and wisdom and his easygoing, relatable approach to love in all of its forms.

A Woman’s Guide to Claiming Space: Stand Tall. Raise Your Voice. Be Heard.

By turns intimate and inspiring, this title will empower any woman who has ever doubted her worth or her words, giving her new ways to think about why and how she can put herself more boldly in the world.

Will the Drama Ever End? Untangling and Healing from the Harmful Effects of Parental Narcissism

This book’s incisive look into family dynamics may interest those with and without narcissistic parents. Recommended for collections with a strong focus on family studies or self-help.

Grace in the Gray: A More Loving Way To Disagree

A gentle, Christian perspective on strength in weakness and authenticity in the gray spaces.

Black People Breathe: A Mindfulness Guide to Racial Healing

Though aimed at Black readers, other people of color (or those looking to better understand the Black experience in the U.S.) will benefit greatly from Clarke’s book. This is an essential and timely addition to a library’s self-help section.

The Leaping Hare Wellness Almanac: Your Yearlong Guide to Creating Positive Spiritual Habits

This should be on the nightstand of anyone who is interested in adding self-awareness rituals to their routine.

Heart to Heart: A Conversation on Love and Hope for Our Precious Planet

Readers will appreciate this pairing of the Dalai Lama’s wisdom with the talent of cartoonist McDonnell in their plea for peace for humans and our planet.

Choose Joy: Relieve Burnout, Prioritize Your Happiness, and Infuse More Joy into Your Everyday Life

Cliff’s embracing book combines a supporting tone with practical steps that readers looking for more joy, or even just a framework to feel better, can embrace.

Do This, Not That: Dating—What To Do (and NOT Do) in 75+ Difficult Dating Situations

A highly readable volume that offers advice succinctly and honestly. Best for a general-interest audience.

A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing To Waste: The Art of Transforming the Tragic into Magic

Written in a highly engaging style, Walden’s book makes a good case that finding the lessons in even tragic events can lead to a happier and more fulfilled life. Best for general readership.


Moon Meditations: 365 Nighttime Reflections for a Peaceful Sleep

A charming little book that could help soothe weary or anxious souls. Recommended for anyone looking to quiet their nighttime routines or enhance their mindfulness/meditative practices.

Change Your Brain Every Day: Simple Daily Practices To Strengthen Your Mind, Memory, Moods, Focus, Energy, Habits, and Relationships

A practical, empowering toolkit for enhancing brain health, this book will benefit anyone interested in strategies for deepening engagement with their health and those looking for a structured way to begin.

Permission To Offend: The Compassionate Guide for Living Unfiltered and Unafraid

While many books cover similar ground, this is a pleasant approach for the average person looking to make their mark. A good add-on to most collections, especially for entrepreneurial patrons.

Jane Austen’s Little Book of Wisdom: Words on Love, Life, Society, and Literature

Overall this is a valuable resource for any Austen lover to use for quick reference or to read through. Libraries whose works by the author circulate well or whose patrons enjoy titles like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me & You will find this a welcome addition to their collection.

Confident and Killing It: A Practical Guide to Overcoming Fear and Unlocking Your Most Empowered Self

A solid addition to most public libraries’ collections.

The Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control: A Path to Peace and Power

Practical application of the concepts is missing from the book, and journaling opportunities or exercises at the end of each chapter would help readers incorporate Schafler’s tools into their lives. Even so, the writing is engaging, and the title will be eye-catching to library audiences.

Creating Stillness: Mindful Art Practices and Stories for Navigating Anxiety, Stress, and Fear

Overall, this book seems aimed at readers for whom traditional meditation may not appeal, or who are looking for a more creative path to mindfulness.

This Book Is a Safe Space: Cute Doodles and Therapy Strategies To Support Self-Love and Wellbeing

Tran asserts that what has been learned can be unlearned, forging new ways of being. This insightful book provides valuable paths to pursue in the search for mental wellbeing. For all public libraries.

Awaken a Better You: 4 Simple Steps To Create the Life You Want

Excellent concepts not written to full potential. Look to Max Lucado or Heather Holleman instead.

What Does It Matter? Live with Less Stress and More Joy

Pears leads an intriguing life in the musical arts and spiritual team leadership. While the content is not particularly original, she pulls from experts whose works have guided her. The spiritual tone lightly infuses a reassuring message to help alleviate distress and create joy.

The Long Grief Journey: How Long-Term Unresolved Grief Can Affect Your Mental Health and What To Do About It

This book is inclusive of all types of grief and loss, making it an excellent resource for anyone needing information on this subject.

Gray Love: Stories About Dating and New Relationships After 60

This is not a how-to-date volume but one exploring different viewpoints for consideration. Best suited for a general audience of a certain age.

The Blame Game: How To Recover from the World’s Oldest Addiction

Not recommended for purchase.

The Anger Toolkit: Quick Tools To Manage Intense Emotions and Keep Your Cool

Best suited for those interested in self-help, psychology, and social work.


Radiant Rainbows: Messages of Hope, Healing, and Comfort

A deeply moving volume with beautiful artwork and words to consider. Best for pastoral and grief counselors, as well as general readers.

STFU: The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in a World That Won’t Stop Talking

Every library should get a copy. Readers, especially Lyons’s fans, will look forward to this witty, well-researched book.

The Unfolding: An Invitation to Come Home to Yourself

Estoria (Write Bloody: Spill Pretty) is a gifted storyteller sharing loving, spirit-fueled messages of self-acceptance. With echoes of Iyanla Vanzant, this title is for all public libraries. Empowering and transformative, it reminds all individuals to give themselves permission to dance in their own lives.

The Little Book of Self-Soothing: 150 Ways To Manage Emotions, Relieve Stress, and Restore Calm

Patrons seeking a ready reference for finding calm in a hectic world will appreciate the plethora of easily implemented suggestions in this little book.

The Good Life: Lessons from the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness

This is an approachable overview of this notable study that can be understood and appreciated by many. Waldinger’s TED talk about this subject is in the top 10 of most-viewed talks, so expect interest.

How To Calm Your Mind: Finding Presence and Productivity in Anxious Times

While occasionally repetitive, and while it could benefit from additional voices, this book makes for a good start on the journey to calm.

I Am Ace: Advice on Living Your Best Asexual Life

The message of this book is something to be celebrated and will undoubtedly resonate with those who identify as asexual or know someone who does.

I’m No Philosopher, But I Got Thoughts: Mini-Meditations for Saints, Sinners, and the Rest of Us

While there is helpful and funny information here, especially thought-provoking quotes from everyone from Rumi to Brené Brown, the casual tone and writing style may not not be for everyone. That said, readers looking for a fast, fun read with helpful and biblical tidbits sprinkled throughout will enjoy this book.

Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter

Bartel’s debut is sure to appeal to animal lovers. Recommend to fans of Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Mary Roach’s Stiff.

Finding the Fool: A Tarot Journey to Radical Transformation

A primer that is also a deep dive, appropriate and inclusive for all persons at all levels of expertise, Wall’s book is a likely candidate to join the canon of must-read guides for the serious student of the tarot.

The Sh!t No One Tells You About Divorce: A Guide to Breaking Up, Falling Apart, and Putting Yourself Back Together

While some readers will appreciate the author’s no-nonsense approach, others may be turned off by references to casual sex and drug use. Readers will learn that surviving divorce is a process, but contentment is possible if one is willing to do the work to achieve it.

Emotional Labor: The Invisible Work Shaping Our Lives and How To Claim Our Power

This is a call to action for individuals and the organizations that sustain these practices.

Why We Forget and How To Remember Better: The Science Behind Memory

This book is an essential read for all those concerned with memory loss and should be a part of all collections in the behavioral and social sciences.

Breathe In, Breathe Out: Restore Your Health, Reset Your Mind and Find Happiness Through Breathwork

This is a powerful resource and workbook designed for readers to practice with each breath.

Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way Toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace

Each beautiful chapter develops a topic drawn from Buddhist thought, followed by a section born from interviews with contemporary practitioners and activists, a mindfulness exercise, and a concluding set of reflective queries in the Quaker style. Perfect for those who want to progress on their spiritual journey.

Awakening Dignity: A Guide to Living a Life of Deep Fulfillment

A hopeful and easily accessible handbook written with clarity and authenticity, for those interested in exploring Buddhist teachings or simply hoping to improve the quality of their own lives and the lives of others.

So When Are You Having Kids?: The Definitive Guide for Those Who Aren’t Sure If, When, or How They Want To Become Parents

An exhaustive resource to fill a void of books about parenthood decisions.

Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life

This book is destined to become a classic and should be included in any behavioral and social sciences library.

Financial Feminist: Overcome the Patriarchy’s Bullsh*t To Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love

Dunlap’s honesty serves as a powerful source of motivation to do the work, not just to secure financial autonomy but to break out of stereotypes that limit women’s potential in all aspects of their lives.


This title belongs in social and behavioral sciences collections.

Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Simple Path to Healing, Hope, and Peace

This book contains an extensive, useful works cited section, but there are so many personal and professional vignettes that, at times, it becomes a slight distraction. Still, libraries looking to build a self-help collection will benefit from including this title.

The Great Money Reset: Change Your Work, Change Your Wealth, Change Your Life

Since many public library readers are embarking on new life adventures in this COVID era, this title is recommended as a first purchase for all business collections. Academic library collections that support certified financial planner preparation can also benefit with this title.

How We Grow Through What We Go Through: Self-Compassion Practices for Post-Traumatic Growth

This book is recommended for those interested in self-help, trauma responses, personal growth, and psychology.

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