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Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life

Schwarzenegger provides a useful, logical, and sometimes humorous blueprint for general readers to achieve a successful and satisfying life, although he chooses to avoid talking about his own misconduct.

27 Letters to My Daughter

This book is highly recommended for those interested in self-help, inspirational stories, memoirs, and advice for living a good life.

Generation Anxiety: A Millennial and Gen Z Guide to Staying Afloat in an Uncertain World

An easy recommendation for those who struggle with their own anxiety and may not know where to start in overcoming it. An absolutely worthwhile addition to any library collection as well.

Soberish: The Science-Based Guide to Taking Your Power Back from Alcohol

A useful guide to establishing a healthy relationship with alcohol.

Stressilient: How To Beat Stress and Build Resilience

A great acquisition for libraries looking to expand mental health literacy in their patrons. This is an ideal book for people who read The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity by Melanie Greenberg.

The Wisdom of Morrie: Living and Aging Creatively and Joyfully

Great for public libraries and not limited to a particular age group. People of almost any generation can benefit from reading this guide to embracing life.

There Is No Right Way To Meditate: Revised and Expanded Edition

A supportive volume for someone at any stage of experience in meditation. Beginners may be the prime beneficiaries, but those with additional practice may appreciate the author’s approach as well. Sakugawa’s artistry and gentle humor aids greatly in making this an approachable volume.

The Little Book of Zen Healing: Japanese Rituals for Beauty, Harmony, and Love

Opportunities for ritual are plentiful. Arai’s encouragement to make these rituals a part of everyday life opens the way for mindfulness and true healing.

The Choice Point: The Scientifically Proven Method To Push Past Mental Walls and Achieve Your Goals

An easily digestible guide to abolishing negative thoughts and self-defeating behaviors.

Glow: 90 Days To Create Your Vibrant Life from Within

While this would be an excellent addition to any self-help section, patrons may need a longer loan period if they choose to follow the entire 90 days.

Art for Self-Care: Create Powerful, Healing Art by Listening to Your Inner Voice

This is an excellent companion for those who may need to express themselves and heal but aren’t sure where to start. Worthwhile to have in any library, especially for readers who may be hesitant to reach out.

This Is Your Bravery Test: 55 Challenges for Art and Life Inspired by Bob Ross

Perfectionists might shudder at the book’s lack of instructions or the absence of a list of supplies, techniques, or other requirements, but that’s (part of) the point. Even the bravest recovering perfectionists can benefit from this.

Food, We Need To Talk: The Science-Based, Humor-Laced Last Word on Eating, Diet, and Making Peace with Your Body

While Gjata says the book is, “at its core, for my younger self,” and as such can read a bit slangy, it’s appropriate for older audiences too (millennials up to boomer and beyond). Engaging and chock-full of facts, this non-diet diet book is an updated, encouraging healthy-eating and healthy-eating-mindset how-to.

Deeper Mindfulness: The New Way To Rediscover Calm in a Chaotic World

The promise of a calmer, more connected world, free of stress and exhaustion, will likely encourage readers to select this book and give it a chance to work its mindful magic. Ideal for both beginners and more advanced practitioners.

Brave Thinking: The Art and Science of Creating a Life You Love

With teaching points scattered throughout, the book provides a curriculum for self-development, albeit one that may feel inaccessible to readers who lack some of Morrissey’s privilege. Overall, a useful tool for individuals looking for prompts and suggestions about how to live more aligned with their bigger-picture aspirations.

Anatomy of a Breakthrough: How To Get Unstuck When It Matters Most

Readers of Toni Warner’s The Reset will enjoy this enlightening and refreshing book. Libraries looking to expand their self-help section will want to add this to their current nonfiction collection.

The Well-Lived Life: A 102-Year-Old Doctor’s Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age

A helpful guide to embracing the joys and confronting the sorrows of life. Recommended for readers of all ages seeking motivation or inspiration as they continue their living journey.

Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan To Transform Anxiety into Power

While the reflection prompts in this title may not be a substitute for therapy, they are thoughtfully rendered so as to encourage readers to move forward out of anxiety.

Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength

A helpful companion for those struggling in their lives or who have fallen on hard times.

Reverse Meditation: How To Use Your Pain and Most Difficult Emotions as the Doorway to Inner Freedom

This book teaches how to use painful or difficult emotions as a doorway to inner freedom. Recommended for readers seeking to add to their mindfulness practices.

Gender Magic: Live Shamelessly, Reclaim Your Joy, and Step into Your Most Authentic Self

As the owner of a private practice focusing on sex and gender therapy, McDaniel brings qualification to the writing of this book. Transgender and nonbinary readers may find the content helpful and affirming.

Followed: The Content Creator’s Guide to Being Seen, Facing Judgment, and Building an Authentic Personal Brand

A useful book for aspiring and seasoned influencers and those looking to better navigate the intricacies of social media. Recommended for general collections.

The Mini ADHD Coach: Tools and Support To Make Life Easier; A Visual Guide

Highly recommended for all libraries.

Mindful in Minutes: Meditation for the Modern Family

An essential and helpful guide. Ideal for readers just getting started with meditation and for anyone wanting to bring more mindfulness and peace into their life.

A Pity Party Is Still a Party: A Feel-Good Guide to Feeling Bad

As evinced by the title and the attendant activities, this is not the typical bromide-laden self-help book advising readers to turn their frowns upside down. The listicle-advice and activities can be a bit unorthodox and some just downright weird; some readers might even wonder if this is satire (it’s not). To every book its reader, which is exactly why this book deserves space on the shelf.

Activate Your Greatness

Weaving between providing inspiration and telling his life’s story, Toussaint describes his mental and physical methods for tapping into one’s inner greatness and achieving one’s dreams. This is a straightforward account guiding readers to embrace his motto: “Feel good, look good, do better.”

Stop Waiting for Perfect: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and into Your Power

This is a lighthearted read with hard-hitting advice, and a great way to jump-start a life change.

Unlocked: Embrace Your Greatness, Find the Flow, Discover Success

This book is a great addition to any library’s nonfiction collection, especially for sports fans.

Narrative Healing: Awaken the Power of Your Story

This book is a must-buy for libraries looking to enhance their mental health collections.

Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well

Perfect for readers more interested in evidence-based research than vision boards, this is a recommended addition to any self-help shelf.

Success Starts Within: Achieve Your Potential Through Radical Self-Care

This is a generally helpful resource for most readers with an approachable narrative.

Discovering Optimal: Shift Your Narrative, Transform Your Habits, Boost Your Energy

A useful manual for individuals attempting to make changes and optimize their lives.

Finding Your Person: Even If It’s You: Relationship Advice from TikTok’s Big Sister

Fans of @annnexmp on TikTok will be interested in this book.

Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul: How To Change the World in Quiet Ways

This inspiring book is recommended for anyone interested in social justice and enacting positive change.

Breathe Deep: An Illustrated Guide to the Transformative Power of Breathing

A thoughtful resource to help readers slow down and recognize the connective power of breath. A recommended purchase for libraries where interest in short informative titles, mindfulness, and yoga is high.

The Power of Empathy: A Thirty-Day Path to Personal Growth and Social Change

This title is ideal for those looking to flex their empathy muscles and people who are on a journey of healing trauma or want to create better connections with others. Readers of This Book Will Make You Kinder by Henry James Garret will enjoy the way Tennant explores how to grow empathy and how it can change the world. Libraries looking to expand their self-help section will benefit from adding this book to their shelves.

Well at Work: Creating Wellbeing in Any Workspace

Many of Sternberg’s examples and anecdotes focus on buildings in Arizona and around Washington, DC, so this title could be particularly interesting for libraries located in these areas.

Reasons To Be Hopeful: What Remains Consoling, Inspiring and Beautiful

A reassuring book that normalizes life’s struggles. Recommended for persons seeking encouragement in the face of sadness or despair.

90 Days to Stress Free: Renovating the House That Worry Built

While the 90-day time frame may leave some readers wanting more, this title is recommended for libraries where Amerine’s previous works are popular.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

She Recovers Every Day: Meditations for Women

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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