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Best Books for Self-Helpers 

New Harbinger Publications

Need help? Founded in 1973 by psychologist Matt McKay and writer Patrick Fanning, Oakland-based New Harbinger began publishing, right out of the gate, the kind of self-help books that have since become the industry standard: inspiring, encouraging, reader-friendly tool kits packed with practical skill-building lessons and tips on personal growth, relationships, self-esteem, parenting, childhood development, stress management, mental health, and every other pitfall-fraught aspect of human life. Volumes such as The Depression Solutions Workbook and The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook aren't just wishful thinking; they're made to be used. And because this is the East Bay, some New Harbinger books double as self-help and non-Judeo-Christian spiritual guides: In The Untethered Soul, Michael A. Singer invokes the Tao and yoga while advocating "unconditional happiness," a radical refusal to feel sad. Branching out into the instructional-memoir genre last year, New Harbinger had a hit with UC Berkeley undergrad Blake Taylor's ADHD & Me. Providing a rare look at this common condition from the inside out, the young author detailed his past adventures and disasters — from launching rockets into a neighbor's pool to setting his mother's kitchen afire with eyeglass-cleaning fluid — while offering hope and, of course, advice.
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