Sweet Suffering: Woman as Victim
Submitter: You can tell how dated this is by the Maddie Hayes lookalike on the cover. But beyond that, we definitely have better forms of empowerment these days. And I’m just not comfortable with endorsing books that go too far towards self-diagnosis and reinventing existing conditions.
Holly: Well, shoot – this book was a New York Times bestseller and a Book-of-the-Month-Club alternate selection. It’s about improving your self esteem and your ability to be more aggressive. Maybe libraries have held on to it for 26 years because there’s just nothing as good as this. (Doubtful – the self-help publishing industry is one of the few that continues to grow steadily!) If you have space for this book and it’s in good condition, there’s nothing really wrong with keeping it. For everyone else, there are 26 years worth of similar bestsellers competing for that space.
I have to agree with submitter on the idea of self-diagnosis and reinventing existing conditions. Self-help books are notorious for that! They could be helpful in giving someone a little boost of inspiration, but so often they are toted as a plan to “take full control of your life,” as this one promises on the back cover.