Three Complaints About Self-Help Books

Consuming a short stack of self-help and academic books always reminds me what I dislike about the genres. These books are padded. The vital information in all three, about 900 pages combined, could be edited down and tattooed on my palm. They’re jargony and slogany. None made me laugh, or even smile.

—Dwight Garner, “Resisting the Siren Call of the Screen,” sounding a caution to self-help writers

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