Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Books for a Better Life
Last week, the Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society announced the winners of its 15th annual Books for a Better Life Award.
The award is “dedicated to those books that best attest to self improvement.”
Lest you think self-help books are a phenomenon of the last few decades, Scottish author Samuel Smiles is credited with publishing the first true personal development book, titled appropriately “Self-Help,” in 1859. Its opening sentence "Heaven helps those who help themselves," was a variation of Benjamin Franklin’s famous maxim “God helps those who help themselves.”
The pioneer of the modern self-improvement movement, Dale Carnegie, published How to Win Friends and Influence People in 1936. That book as well as others he penned went on to sell more than 10 million copies.
Seventy-five years later here is a sampling of the Books for a Better Life winners:
Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown (Childcare/Parenting)
Eaarth by Bill McKibben (Green)
Breaking Night by Liz Murray (Inspirational Memoir)
The New Good Life by John Robbins (Personal Finance)
Back to Life after a Heart Crisis by Marc Wallack, M.D. and Jamie Colby (Wellness)
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