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2024 Stars So Far | Self-Help


Writing on Empty: A Guide to Finding Your Voice

A thoughtful, moving memoir about a writer navigating the pandemic. Suggest to writers who need inspiration and to memoir readers.

Pace Yourself: How To Have Energy in an Exhausting World

Anyone feeling exhausted by their current pace of life will find concrete steps and tools to energize, from someone who has been there and discovered a new way of living.

Evolving While Black: The Ultimate Guide to Happiness and Transformation on Your Own Terms

Lomax has developed a pathway to facing and overcoming fears, for people who experienced similar feelings to hers. She respectfully and thoughtfully challenges beliefs and behaviors that are barriers for individuals and communities to achieve wellness and reach their goals.

Heal Your Past to Manifest Your Future: Trauma-Informed Practices To Release Emotional Blocks and Open to Life’s Possibilities

With research-based information, examples, and thoughtful exercises, Kress’s guidebook provides a path for readers to heal from trauma and embrace a joyful future.

Broken Heart, Shared Heart, Healing Heart: Navigating the Loss of Your Pet

This book will appeal to three types of readers: people who are grieving the death of a pet, readers who know someone who has recently lost a pet, and those who are interested in the bonds between animals and humans.

Radiant: Embracing Your Power and Beauty at Midlife

This would be a fun book club selection for wellness groups and is a solid addition for displays on related subjects.

How To Date a Foreigner: Why Do They Behave So Differently and How To Navigate It

A timely, highly informative, and practical guidebook for navigating cross-cultural dating experiences.

You Only Die Once: How To Make It to the End with No Regrets

Wellman does make liberal use of profanity, so readers who won’t enjoy that should look elsewhere, but this is an exceptional and amusing workbook for taking charge of future Mondays.

The Art of Crying: The Healing Power of Tears

An empowering, boldly illustrated guide about the expansive world of human tears.

When Panic Happens: Short-Circuit Anxiety and Fear in the Moment Using Neuroscience and Polyvagal Theory

An excellent little volume that offers a big punch of ideas. Great for all psychology and self-help collections.

Everything Anxiety Ever Told You Is a Lie: *Well, Almost Everything!

An excellent resource for young adults feeling weighed down by adolescence and 21st-century life.

All That Happiness Is: Some Words on What Matters

Many authors have written about happiness, yet few write about it in such a succinct and memorable way.

Powerful: Be the Expert in Your Own Life

Filled with clear and pragmatic advice, this book is a thorough and fresh approach to embrace and bolster one’s inner power by considering its link to the nervous system and stress hormones. Recommended for readers who are interested in an approachable self-help volume.

Take Care of Your Friends: An Enneagram Guide to Interpersonal Relationships

The Enneagram is reliably popular on social media, and readers interested in navigating their friendships through the lens of the Enneagram will appreciate this well-organized guide.

The Third Perspective: Brave Expression in the Age of Intolerance

A valuable guidebook for navigating discomfort with a sense of safety and strength that defies binary thinking and encourages readers to express themselves in authentic yet circumspect ways.

Negotiating While Black: Be Who You Are To Get What You Want

Peterman provides tools that everyone can use to identify, confront, and reduce implicit bias and implement best practices of negotiation.

Being Bad: Breaking the Rules and Becoming Everything You’re Not Supposed To Be

Hard-biting and vulnerable, this is a recommended read for LGBTQIA+ patrons and twentysomething cis women, especially children of immigrants like the author.

Come Together: The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections

A primary purchase for collections of well-researched and entertaining nonfiction regarding health, relationships, and sex.

Adult Survivors of Emotionally Abusive Parents: How To Heal, Cultivate Emotional Resilience, and Build the Life and Love You Deserve

This title is relevant, highly necessary, healing, liberating, and transformative.

Somehow: Thoughts on Love

Recommended. Readers already familiar with Lamott’s nonfiction work will find comfort in her familiar touchstone topics of faith, family, and recovery viewed through the lens of love and aging. Readers new to Lamott might want to start with her earlier works such as Help Thanks Wow or Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.

Dear Black Girls: How To Be True to You

In each letter Wilson shares what she faced and how she overcame it and lets Black girls know that they too can overcome adversity. Her love for Black girls is evident, and they will benefit greatly from reading this book.

The Unfiltered Enneagram: A Witty and Wise Guide to Self-Compassion

This is a singular and honest view of the Enneagram that plays the necessary devil’s advocate for readers wanting to better themselves. A great companion to other titles so libraries can provide a well-rounded approach to the Enneagram.

How To ADHD: An Insider’s Guide to Working with Your Brain (Not Against It)

The inclusive language and accessible tone, along with McCabe’s knowledge and exhaustive research, make this smart and timely take on ADHD a necessity.

Open: Living with an Expansive Mind in a Distracted World

Those experiencing social media fatigue, abuse, or addiction can greatly benefit from this book. Highly recommended.

The Only Constant: A Guide to Embracing Change and Leading an Authentic Life

This insightful book is recommended for readers trying to manage or face any type of change.

How To Grieve What We’ve Lost: Evidence-Based Skills To Process Grief and Reconnect with What Matters

This title complements publications such as The Grief Recovery Handbook by John W. James and Russel Friedman, and It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine. Libraries looking to enhance their nonfiction collections should consider this book a must-have. It also contains a diverse reference list that supports and expands the topics discussed.

Liberated Love: Release Codependent Patterns and Create the Love You Desire

Fans of Groves and McBeath or readers who are looking to improve their relationship with themselves and their approach to partnerships will enjoy this book.

MicroSkills: Small Actions, Big Impact

A friendly, practical guide filled with excellent advice, this book makes the ups and downs in professional life seem manageable. An excellent addition to career self-help collections.

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

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.

Life Clues: Unlocking the Lessons to an Exceptional Life

This book provides meaningful advice in an engaging style. It succeeds in conveying an important message of seeing substance in life’s little things.

I Promise It Won’t Always Hurt Like This: 18 Assurances on Grief

Mackintosh’s words deliver because of her honesty and openness about getting past the pain. Highly recommended.

You Don’t Have To Change To Change Everything: Six Ways To Shift Your Vantage Point, Stop Striving for Happy, and Find True Well-Being

Fans of the author, self-help books, and those interested in clinical psychology will love this book.

Practical Optimism: The Art, Science, and Practice of Exceptional Well-Being

As with any book that promises tools for finding purpose and meaning, this requires deep work, which sometimes feels like it was glossed over; still, the principles are sound and thought-provoking. For fans of authors like Martha Beck who are looking for additional clinically sound practices to explore.

Ten Times Calmer: Beat Anxiety and Change Your Life

Positive and affirming without ever sounding hollow or reductive, this title may help individuals struggling with anxiety to feel less alone.

Your Big Leap Year: A Year To Manifest Your Next-Level Life…Starting Today!

This title would pair well with journaling. Once readers absorb the concepts of upper-limit problems and genius, they will find this work is an approachable guide to attitude and habit improvements.

How To Walk into a Room: The Art of Knowing When To Stay and When To Walk Away

This well-written volume encourages users to ask the tough questions in their lives. Best suited for self-help, pastoral, and spiritual counselors.

Tending Grief: Embodied Rituals for Holding Our Sorrow and Growing Cultures of Care in Community

Barton specifically speaks to the way in which grief impacts queer and BIPOC communities, but their embodiment practice exercises will appeal to anyone working through feelings of trauma, pain, and loss.

Unstressable: A Practical Guide to Stress-Free Living

Will appeal to those looking to improve their relationship with stress and to fans of Law’s podcast as well as readers of Gawdat’s books and followers of his popular podcast, Slow Mo.

Living with Our Dead: On Loss and Consolation

This book will appeal to readers interested in contemplating the relationship between life and death from an academic or psychological point of view, and those who are interested in a Jewish perspective on death and loss.

Learning To Play Again: Rediscovering Our Early Selves To Become Better Adults

Smerling’s system for creating or restoring healthy relationships should appeal to readers interested in childhood development and connecting with their younger selves.

The Anger Myth: Understanding and Overcoming the Mental Habits That Steal Your Joy

An excellent resource with attainable outcomes. Roberts delivers another outstanding guide that can be life-changing for those who struggle with anger issues.

Thank You, More Please: A Feminist Guide to Breaking Dumb Dating Rules and Finding Love

This is a bold book for women who are sick of feeling small and unseen and think there must be more to dating than patriarchal standards of beauty, female subservience, and desire.

The Happiness Formula: A Scientific, Groundbreaking Approach to Happiness and Personal Fulfillment

Obayuwana notes that this book’s original title was the Mathematics of Happiness but it was changed owing to concerns that this might turn some people off, so perhaps readers who enjoy working with formulas would find his approach helpful.

Holistic Habits: Build Your Best Life One Small Change at a Time

Designed as a journal readers can use as a means of self-care, self-reflection, and inspiration, this collection of gentle ideas will please those looking for diary prompts. Most pages are worksheets or include spaces to add personal art and reflections.

Timeboxing: The Power of Doing One Thing at a Time

Timeboxing is a mindset and a method that could assist readers in staying focused when completing any type of task. Written in a pragmatic, straightforward style, this book is highly recommended for anyone seeking to improve their time-management skills.

The Missing Peace: Rewire Your Brain, Reduce Anxiety, and Recreate Your Life

With short chapters and some valuable tools, this title isn’t a substitute for therapy, but it does build a sense of community by chipping away at the stigma surrounding anxiety in ways that may appeal to readers who need a little extra support.

The Cure for Burnout: How To Find Balance and Reclaim Your Life

This is highly recommended for young professionals as they navigate their boundaries, and for seasoned workers who need a boost to continue doing their best work.

Mind Your Manners: How To Be Your Best Self in Any Situation

A must-purchase for libraries looking for up-to-date etiquette titles.

Sleep Well, Take Risks, Squish the Peas: Secrets from the Science of Toddlers for a Happier, More Successful Way of Life

This is an interesting and well-reasoned approach to help readers slow down, relearn how to relax, and shed any notions of what it means to be an adult.

The Story of Upfront Carbon: How a Life of Just Enough Offers a Way Out of the Climate Crisis

An information-heavy overview of the cost of new purchases and how they affect the world. Though it’s BISAC’d as self-help, this is more of a technical book that will be beneficial to those looking to understand the pollution costs embedded in new things or seeking justification for living a simpler lifestyle.

The Black Woman’s Guide to Coping with Stress: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Skills To Create a Life of Joy and Well-Being

Giscombé’s commitment, expertise, and compassion is evident as she shares her methods for Black women to experience joy and well-being.

Untapped Magic: Manifestation Methods for Living a Limitless Life

A solid title for those interested in self-help, life coaching, success building, and motivational exercises.

Njuta (Enjoy, Delight In): The Swedish Art of Savoring the Moment

Readers interested in Swedish culture and in Scandinavian contentment and mindfulness concepts will find this appealing.

Better Days: Tame Your Inner Critic

Allen’s latest (after 2021’s self-published Shapes of Truth: Discover God Inside You) equips readers to be free.

I Did a New Thing: 30 Days to Living Free

The authentic voice that made Brown a social media “Mom and Auntie to America” shines bright in this read sprinkled with a warm, welcoming, and inclusive spirituality (God is Brown’s touchstone, but her asides and testimonies are colloquial and nondidactic). Recommended for readers who are already familiar with Brown’s other books (Feeding the Soul; Cooking from the Spirit; Seen, Loved, and Heard) as well as newcomers to her works.

The Vibration of Grace: Sound Healing Rituals for Liberation

A foray into sound healing that will help readers connect breath, voice, and body in beautiful ways.

Everyone Is Creative: Seven Easy Steps To Unlock Your Creativity

Unlocking creativity is possible after reading this book and implementing the actions.

Stand by Me: A Guide to Navigating Modern, Meaningful Caregiving

Like her father, Applebaum has arranged a piece of work that is valuable for caregivers and those who support them.

Creative Endurance: 56 Rules for Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Your Goals

While the book leans a little heavily on buzzwords like “resilience” and “grit,” it’s full of examples from Schnaidt’s clients, plus ample actionable tips for anyone interested in flexing their creativity muscles to build long-term strength, rather than sparking occasional episodes of genius followed by periods of creative blockage.

Reworked: Putting Health and Happiness at the Centre of Your Career

This is a great read for anyone navigating the pandemic’s disruption of work; highly recommended for all collections.

Radiant Rebellion: Reclaim Aging, Practice Joy, and Raise a Little Hell

A book designed for advocates and activists (and to make anyone who gets a little older each year into an advocate or activist). Walrond disrupts dominant narratives about age, race, class, gender, and sexuality in ways that will catalyze readers to reflect on how they can live boldly beyond middle age.

Normal Broken: The Grief Companion for When It’s Time To Heal but You’re Not Sure You Want To

An honest, self-reflective book, peppered with journaling prompts and suggestions for readers to help process grief. Cervantes also acknowledges that no single book or self-help toolkit can do away with real human loss; this in itself is enough to make her book an essential work for anyone impacted by grief.

The Sex You Want: A Shameless Journey to Deep Intimacy, Honest Pleasure, and a Life You Love

For readers who are ready to let go of their preconceived notions about sexual roles and categories so they can redefine their relationships with their bodies and their partners.

Past Forward: How Nostalgia Can Help You Live a More Meaningful Life

Routledge brings a clinician’s eye for evidence-based research and a lay person’s fascination with everything from Star Wars to pop psychology to the topic of nostalgia, giving readers reasons to think back on their lives, their families, and their histories and consider who they want to become.

Dare To Feel: The Transformational Path of the Heart

Roxo’s book reminds readers that stories matter, and that to be good tellers of their stories, they also need to listen to and learn from the people around them. A beautiful if somewhat jargony exploration of coming home to one’s body, feelings, and truths in collective, vulnerable ways.

Your Heart Was Made for This: Contemplative Practices for Meeting a World in Crisis with Courage, Integrity, and Love

A profound yet simple book designed to introduce anyone to mindfulness, with lessons that offer experienced meditators options for renewing their practice.

How Not To Age: The Scientific Approach to Getting Healthier as You Get Older

Heavily footnoted, carefully researched, and ultimately prescriptive not of pills and potions but of foods close to nature and fairly accessible, this title may not be the magical fountain of youth, but it delivers good advice in palatable, practical ways that will make every blueberry taste like it’s erasing a wrinkle or two.

New Happy: Getting Happiness Right in a World That’s Got It Wrong

A solid, well-organized work that should appeal to a broad audience of people interested in self-help and psychology.

What Makes You Bloom: Cultivating a Practice for Connecting with Your Divine Self

This work is intentional, resourceful, and a place to land, heal, and grow for those who have experienced similar circumstances to Garcia.

Happy AF: Simple Strategies To Get Unstuck, Bounce Back, and Live Your Best LIfe

A heartening and gentle read, and a welcome addition to self-help collections.

Come Together: The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections

The blend of science and storytelling that Nagoski’s readers expect is on full display throughout this affirming, inclusive guide, which has the potential to transform readers’ sex lives and their general well-being. An essential purchase.

Stress Resets: How To Soothe Your Body and Mind in Minutes

For readers who can get through the book’s more clinical and anecdotal first section, there is some usefulness to be found in Taitz’s easily applicable tools and techniques.

The Life Brief: A Playbook for No-Regrets Living

Wan’s honesty makes this pick a wise one.

45 Ways To Live Like an Italian: Italian-Inspired Self-Care Traditions for Everyday Happiness

This charming and instructive book will appeal to Italophiles everywhere.

I Didn’t Know I Needed This: The New Rules for Flirting, Feeling, and Finding Yourself

A refreshing take on the usual romantic relationship self-help; highly recommended for all collections.

The Gift of Perspective: Wisdom I Gained from Losing a Leg and Two Lungs

Recommended to readers looking for advice about how to reframe negative thought patterns and rewrite their stories and for anyone seeking to learn from someone with a voluminous capacity for finding strength in difficult circumstances.

13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don’t Do: Fix What’s Broken, Develop Healthier Patterns, and Grow Stronger Together

Clear, supportive guidance, coupled with the book’s logical structure, will make this a title that couples return to whenever they need a relationship tune-up. An excellent work for newlyweds.

Negative Thoughts Happen: How To Find Your Inner Ally When Your Inner Critic Shows Up

This is a good book for those interested in self-help, psychology, and guided exercises to gain new insights about themselves.

Moving On Doesn’t Mean Letting Go: A Modern Guide to Navigating Loss

Highly recommended for anyone working through personal or collective loss, such as that caused by the COVID pandemic.

Falling Back in Love with Being Human: Letters to Lost Souls

Beautiful, painful, and healing, this is a much-needed reminder of society’s common humanity and the authority people have in determining what it means to share in the work of being human.

Maneki Neko: The Japanese Secret to Good Luck and Happiness

A deft blend of Japanese history and ancient and modern culture, along with theories on luck that readers can use to bring a bit more good fortune into their life.

It’s Not Your Fault: The Subconscious Reasons We Self-Sabotage and How To Stop

An affirming, compassionate approach to forging healthy relationships and fostering resiliency.

Afraid: Understanding the Purpose of Fear and Harnessing the Power of Anxiety

A must-read for those diagnosed with anxiety, OCD, and PTSD to better understand themselves and how their brains behave. The book is also helpful for a general audience looking to learn more about how fear can influence their lives. A valuable acquisition for undergraduate academic libraries with psychology programs.

Surrounded by Energy Vampires: How To Slay the Time, Joy, and Soul Suckers in Your Life

This useful book will assist individuals struggling with energy vampires in their personal or work lives.

Nature Devotional: Eco-Spiritual Reflections, Meditations and Affirmations

The thoughtful reflections, lovely drawings, and seasonally inspired affirmations may work for some readers in this written format, but this short guide might be better as an audiobook.

Rest Easy: Discover Calm and Abundance Through the Radical Power of Rest

This thought-provoking book is highly recommended for anyone needing better rest habits.

Master of Change: How To Excel When Everything Is Changing—Including You

This is a great book for people who want to begin their journey of self-discovery and understanding, as well as those looking for new ways to deal with change in a more positive manner.

The Perfection Trap: Embracing the Power of Good Enough

Those interested in reading about the causes and effects of perfectionism will find plenty, but readers looking for a self-help guide or practical solutions should look at other books, like Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection.

Love Every Day: 365 Relational Self-Awareness Practices To Help Your Relationship Heal, Grow, and Thrive

An excellent addition to any library’s love and relationships collection.

The Joy Strategist: Your Path to Inner Change

While this is the perfect book for readers who are at a crossroads and ready to start a new chapter, there is enough wisdom here for anyone ready to change and introduce more joy into their life.

Uncertain: The Wisdom and Wonder of Being Unsure

A useful book for those generally interested in psychology, sociology, management, or the philosophy of science.

Diagnosis Human: How Unlocking Hidden Relationship Patterns Can Transform and Heal Our Children, Our Partners, Ourselves

Begel and Keith give insight into their own thoughts as therapists, but this book should not be used as an authoritative guide to handling complex psychological issues and is likely to be of limited interest for most readers.

Learning To Imagine: The Science of Discovering New Possibilities

The best news in this book is that imagination never expires; the key is to cultivate it. For academic libraries where titles about psychology and creativity are popular.

Embracing Elderhood: The Three Stages of Healthy, Happy, and Meaningful Senior Years

Englander’s candor is refreshing, as is his belief that love and a positive mindset are all one needs to be healthy and happy and have meaningful senior years.

Glow-Worthy: Practices for Awakening Your Inner Light and Loving Yourself as You Are—Broken, Beautiful, and Sacred

This title centers concepts of holiness and mysticism, making it more appropriate for readers of authors such as Gabrielle Bernstein than for more skeptical soul-searchers. Offer it to the new-age-spirituality-curious and those searching for accessible entry points into practices related to healing, self-care, and mind-body connectedness.

Gravitas: The 8 Strengths That Redefine Confidence

Sun’s book provides actionable strategies for discovering one’s confidence style, primarily through personal observations but with a dose of science and data thrown in to support her points. Recommended for anyone who’s ready to reflect on the mindset traits and behaviors that limit them so they’re able to achieve the gravitas that Sun suggests can enhance all aspects of life.

Controlling Mental Chaos: Harnessing the Power of the Creative Mind

Possibly of interest for readers with a scientific background who want to explore the cognitive theories behind anxiety, but those wishing to read a general self-help work should look elsewhere.

It’s on Me: Accept Hard Truths, Discover Your Self, and Change Your Life

Recommended as a next step for readers who have begun practices of introspection and want to find shared experiences, common patterns, and valuable tools for continuing their journeys of self-discovery.

Friendly Reminders: Lessons from a Self-Care Savage

Fans of Tatum’s podcast and Instagram will enjoy the book, but it also could be a good introduction to self-help for readers who are on the fence about the genre.

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