We’re through the looking glass, people

October 11, 2007


I texted the title of this book to a few friends the other day and everyone thought I made it up.

What I love most? Never heard of it before.


  1. I think I have that book somehere, along with the Dummies guide to Dummies, the Idiot’s Guide to Dummies guides about Dummies, and Dumb Dummies Idiotic Idiot’s Guide to Dumming Down a Dumb Dummies Guide to Humming Dum-De-Dum-De-Dum (abridged).

    I think it’s quite telling that Amazon have paired the book with ‘How an idiot writes a self help book’. Says it all really.

  2. I much prefer the title of the linked book Amazon offers:
    “How an Idiot Writes a Self-help Book”


    and particularly the one and only review “There is no useful or helpful information in this book”.

    Hurry now, only 1 copy left in stock!!!

  3. Ms. Stine could have surely benefitted from my book: How to Write a Successful Self-Help and How-To Book for People Who Write Self-Help and How-To Books. Alack and alas.

    Of course, I can’t really outredundant the original title, so I guess I’ll just go off and weep.

  4. The mind boggles at the idea of meta-self-help.

  5. Surely the key is to find a title that reduces your self-esteem to zero, like:
    Self-Confidence for Absolute and Complete Losers/Toss-pots

    Or why they just drop the formalities and title them:
    Buy This Book You Shit

  6. I wonder if self help books really work…
    Has anyone actually used one?

    Two more titles to think about:

    – Feeling Good About Being A Fat, Ugly Moron
    – Self Help Help – The Definitive Guide to Personal Improvement Literature

  7. I googled this person, here are some of her other titles:
    “In the Kingdom of the Sons: a Lesbian Novelette”
    “The Eight Habbits of Highly Successful People”
    “THOSE DOGGONE DOGS: A Tribute in Prose and Poetry to Our Canine Friends”
    And my personal favourite…
    “Tits! and Other Erotic Tales”

  8. She also wrote ‘Dragon’s Den: The Colouring Book’ and ‘My Legs? Your Legs’.

  9. Scan down the page to other titles that you might like and you find “how normal people are raking in $100,000 for writing self-help books – and how you can too”. The beauty of writing a book like this is it gets bought by the kind of chap who writes the critique of Jean-Marie’s effort in the first customer review.

    Doesn’t this bloke realise that he has just been fleeced for a few $.

    “Women who love too much”, fantastic.

  10. Iamsicle, I think “My Legs? Your Legs.” is about the best title for a book I’ve ever heard of.

  11. Nice post! Keep it real.I have looked over your blog a few times and I love it.

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