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Book Review: 'Yes You Can'

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Yes You Can

Current Status:
In Season
Jennifer Mcknight-Trontz
Self-Help and Psychology, Nonfiction

We gave it a B-

With doctors and pseudo-experts clogging best-seller charts, we seem to be in the midst of a self-help heyday. Jennifer McKnight-Trontz’s Yes You Can is a kitschy compilation of life-changing books and gadgets revisits the era when ”self-help beamed its best, most hopeful smile,” the 1920s to the 1970s. For every issue there was a solution, even ”Reduce Through Listening,” a record that melted away pounds. Despite the book’s retro allure, its intended audience remains a mystery: Camp-craving cynics will probably lose interest, and self-help devotees will despair at how much yesterday’s promises sound just like today’s. B-