How to Be Fine

How to Be Fine

What We Learned From Living by the Rules of 50 Self-help Books

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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Are self-help books really any help? From diet and productivity to decorating to social interactions, Greenberg and Meinzer tried it all, and then share what they've learned. They started for a laugh, but discovered that reading and following each book's advice has actually changed and improved their lives. Here they synthesize the lessons and insights they've learned: practices that have worked, real talk on those that didn't, and a list of philosophies they want to see explored in-depth. Before they began their podcast, Jolenta wanted to believe the promises of self-help books, while Kristen was very much the skeptic. They embraced their differences of opinion, hoping they'd be good for laughs and downloads. But in the years since launching the By the Book, they've come to realize their show is about much more than humor. In fact, reading and following each book's advice has actually changed and improved their lives. Thanks to the show, Kristen penned the Amish romance novel she'd always joked about writing, traveled back to her past lives, and she broached some difficult conversations with her husband about their marriage. Jolenta finally memorized her husband's phone number, began tracking her finances, and fell in love with cutting clutter.
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: 158.1 GRE
Characteristics: xii, 239 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Meinzer, Kristen
Notes: Includes index.


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In their podcast “By The Book”, hosts Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer try to live by the rules of various self-help books, down to the finest detail, with mixed results. In “How to be fine” they take a look at what advice has actually helped, what hasn’t and why, as well as taking an object... Read More »

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Gina_Vee Jan 02, 2021

I love the brave honesty about whether or not these self help books, and self help books in general, are for everyone, as well as what does work from them.

Jun 11, 2020

You may ask why people don’t listen to the podcast instead of reading or listening to How to be Fine. Chapters are broken into topics, like gratitude and mediation, and the authors are able to synthesize what they learned from different books and comment on one concept in the self-help community as a whole, noting where some authors got it right and where others failed. What you get is a sort of “greatest hits” of self-help instead of a detailed exploration of the maxims in one self-help tome.

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