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UPDATED 01/14/2008 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/14/2008 at 01:00 AM EST

HELPING ME HELP MYSELF
by Beth Lisick |

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CRITIC'S CHOICE

REVIEWED BY LISA INGRASSIA

MEMOIR

It's hard to believe that when she's low on cash, the author of the '05 bestseller Everybody into the Pool resorts to earning a day rate for handing out bananas while dressed in a banana suit. But in her new book, Lisick confides that fruit impersonation is just one of many lows she has hit as a chronically disorganized, out of shape, discipline-challenged mother and wife. In January 2006, realizing change was in order, she set aside her dignity (and skepticism) and embarked on a year-long journey through the world of self-help. Her accounts of everything from a Richard Simmons "Cruise to Lose" to a $350 organizational consultant are not only hilarious but enlightening. Finding useful tips amidst the bunk, she distills the best from thousands of pages of self-help books. Readers will be inspired: If a woman in a banana suit can clean her closet and pay off her credit card debt, surely you can, too.

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