18. Help Self
Step 1. Go to Amazon search box.
Step 2. Type ‘self help books for women’.
Step 3. Read the words ‘Showing 1 – 16 of 1,661 Results’
Step 4. Gasp. 1,661 results.
Step 5. Gasp again.
Top of the list is Women Who Think Too Much: How to break free of overthinking and reclaim your life by Susan Nolen-Hoeksema (17 Dec 2013). Ha, someone is pulling my leg.
Coming in second is Achieve Anything In Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals by Jason Harvey (1 Jan 2010). OK this one might actually be useful.*
Third is The Sober Revolution: Women Calling Time on Wine O’Clock: 1 by Sarah Turner and Lucy Rocca (28 Jul 2013). Wine o’clock? WTF.
Fourth is Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirits of Women by Jack Canfield and Marci Shimoff (2 Sep 1999). This one has has made it into my home (because it was a gift from a friend following a break up, mine). Nevertheless, is this the calibre of ‘help’ that I will find if I replace the search word ‘women’ with ‘men’?
And bringing up the rear, no. 5 is Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood (2 Sep 2004). I say rear very deliberately. I will not be looking any further down this list. Based on Amazon’s ‘four stars up’ method of sorting relevance someone needing self help books for women is likely to want help with over-thinking, short term-ism, sobriety, chicken-soup-needing or loving too much.
This selection is going to be as helpful to my very womanly self as an umm… as a Wagon Wheel.
* All judgements are based on preconceptions and prejudices derived from a combination of i) me, ii) the title of the book listed.