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Self-help books : why Americans keep reading them

Author: Sandra K Dolby
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Based on a reading of more than three hundred self-help books, Sandra K. Dolby examines this remarkably popular genre to define "self-help" in a way that's compelling to academics and lay readers alike. Self-Help Books also offers an interpretation of why these books are so popular, arguing that they continue the well-established American penchant for self-education, they articulate problems of daily life and their  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sandra K Dolby
ISBN: 0252029747 9780252029745
OCLC Number: 57514618
Description: xii, 192 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Self-help books and American worldview --
American popular self-education --
The books, the writers, and metacommentary --
The critics, the simple self, and America's cultural cringe --
Giving advice and getting wisdom --
Memes, themes, and worldview --
Stories --
Proverbs, quotes, and insights --
Finding a use for self-help testimonies --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Sandra K. Dolby.
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Examines the popular genre of self-help books. Using tools associated with folklore studies, this work examines how the genre makes use of stories, aphorisms, and a worldview that is traditional and  Read more...

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