Yes You Can: Timeless Advice from Self-help Experts

Yes You Can: Timeless Advice from Self-help Experts


By (author) Jennifer McKnight-Trontz

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  • Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 108 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 255mm x 9mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2000
  • Publication City/Country: California
  • ISBN 10: 0811827135
  • ISBN 13: 9780811827133
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations

Product description

Offers advice collected from self-help books, records, and advertising from the 1920s to the 1970s, an optimistic age when riches, good health, and everlasting happiness were only a few simple steps away.

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Author information

Jennifer McKnight-Trontz is a writer and designer living in south Florida whose books include Hang in There!, How to Be Popular, Yes You Can, and The Good Citizen's Handbook.

Review quote

USWEEKLY Leigh Russell Win friends and influence people with this cunningly designed collection of twentieth-century self-improvement guides. If you've ever wanted your therapist to just tell you what to do already or felt that 12 steps are a few too many, you'll appreciate Jennifer McKnight-Trontz's yearning for an earlier era of positive thinking, quick fixes and glossy advice pamphlets. As this impressive, funny collection of self-help literature illustrates, personality was considered as malleable as postwar plastic in self-improvement's heyday (circa 1920 to 1970), and many believed that a bright smile, an optimistic outlook or a vibrating machine could solve just about anything. The dates quality of these slickly packaged guides--featuring cheerful, cleanshaven men and efficient, bright-eyed women--will undoubtedly amuse: ads for Toosh, the padded panty; books with such ominous titles as "Mastery of People;" entire treatises on "how to help your husband relax" and what to do "when a fellow gets fresh." (Simply say "Not now, Ambrose--let's go get a hamburger.") Still, you might be surprised at how many of these tips seem sensible and wise even today.