Episode 60: How to Self-Help Yourself
What happens when you live out self-help advice? Cristen and Caroline find out from By the Book co-hosts Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg. The pair has done exactly that with more than 50 self-improvement books, including The Secret, Girl Wash Your Face and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It’s all to find out: What is self-help really selling us, and why are women are so drawn to it?
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