Yes You Can

Yes You Can : Timeless Advice from Self-help Experts

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Be thinner, smarter, and sexier "now" with this irresistible collection of ready-to-use tips and tricks from the optimistic golden age of self-improvement, when a better you was never more than three steps, fifteen minutes, or a lie-down on the Magic Couch away. "Yes You Can" is a jaw-dropping, life-changing gallery of material from books, records, advertising, and gadget packaging from the 1920s-1970s before the modern complex and endless recovery when you could still "Solve Your Sex Problems with Self-Hypnosis" or "Raise Children in Your Spare Time." Author Jennifer McKnight-Trontz assembles over 200 color and black-and-white illustrations and real charts, tips, and advice. Mind-expanding and waist-reducing, "Yes You Can" is here to help."

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 190 x 252 x 10mm | 480.82g
  • 01 Jul 2000
  • CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • California
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0811827135
  • 9780811827133

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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.

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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 guidesfeaturing cheerful, cleanshaven men and efficient, bright-eyed womenwill 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, Ambroselet's go get a hamburger.") Still, you might be surprised at how many of these tips seem sensible and wise even today."

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