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BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS AND MAKE A LASTING IMPACT

A succinct approach to better living through better relationships.

Psychotherapist Bathory presents a guide to success with a focus on community building as a vehicle for self-improvement.

The stated objective of the book is to help the reader to identify their life’s purpose and build relationships that help them achieve their goals. Each chapter explores the various aspects of this task and provides applicable strategies for building a healthy community. Specifically, the book explores topics such as communication tactics, goal setting, attachment styles, and self-assessment; at one point, for instance, the author asks, “Did you play the unofficial role of mediator or peacekeeper in your family? If so, your purpose might be to play this role in your community.” It incorporates anecdotes and testimonials from the author’s clients, executives such as Ronaldo Pereira of Brazilian toy sales company Ri Happy, as well as studies and other self-help books. Exercises aim to aid readers in reframing their mindset or managing their expectations with affirmations, questionnaires, and suggestions for cultivating one’s curiosity. Generally, the process involves identifying a goal, exploring how relationships could contribute to that goal, and employing six standards by which to evaluate those relationships, including “Authenticity,” “Positive Influence,” and “Care and Compassion.” Following this, there are tips for navigating relationships with people who may not share the same values or worldview. The last chapter reviews approaches to a variety of relationships, whether they’re with parents, children, coworkers, friends, one’s spouse, or even oneself. Bathory’s work is easy to digest and well-organized. The pacing is quick, breaking down each concept into smaller pieces to ease comprehension and offering chapter summaries. Overall, the book is refreshingly conversational in style, rather than academic, while also acknowledging that each person’s situation may contain unresolved issues: “I’m not suggesting you sweep those things under the rug….I’m recommending that you process these events to start your healing.” Those seeking to take new action in their life may find many helpful tactics and insights to do so here.

A succinct approach to better living through better relationships.

Pub Date: April 16, 2024

ISBN: 9798891380417

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Amplify Publishing

Review Posted Online: March 25, 2024

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I'M GLAD MY MOM DIED

The heartbreaking story of an emotionally battered child delivered with captivating candor and grace.

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The former iCarly star reflects on her difficult childhood.

In her debut memoir, titled after her 2020 one-woman show, singer and actor McCurdy (b. 1992) reveals the raw details of what she describes as years of emotional abuse at the hands of her demanding, emotionally unstable stage mom, Debra. Born in Los Angeles, the author, along with three older brothers, grew up in a home controlled by her mother. When McCurdy was 3, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Though she initially survived, the disease’s recurrence would ultimately take her life when the author was 21. McCurdy candidly reconstructs those in-between years, showing how “my mom emotionally, mentally, and physically abused me in ways that will forever impact me.” Insistent on molding her only daughter into “Mommy’s little actress,” Debra shuffled her to auditions beginning at age 6. As she matured and starting booking acting gigs, McCurdy remained “desperate to impress Mom,” while Debra became increasingly obsessive about her daughter’s physical appearance. She tinted her daughter’s eyelashes, whitened her teeth, enforced a tightly monitored regimen of “calorie restriction,” and performed regular genital exams on her as a teenager. Eventually, the author grew understandably resentful and tried to distance herself from her mother. As a young celebrity, however, McCurdy became vulnerable to eating disorders, alcohol addiction, self-loathing, and unstable relationships. Throughout the book, she honestly portrays Debra’s cruel perfectionist personality and abusive behavior patterns, showing a woman who could get enraged by everything from crooked eyeliner to spilled milk. At the same time, McCurdy exhibits compassion for her deeply flawed mother. Late in the book, she shares a crushing secret her father revealed to her as an adult. While McCurdy didn’t emerge from her childhood unscathed, she’s managed to spin her harrowing experience into a sold-out stage act and achieve a form of catharsis that puts her mind, body, and acting career at peace.

The heartbreaking story of an emotionally battered child delivered with captivating candor and grace.

Pub Date: Aug. 9, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-982185-82-4

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 30, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2022

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GREENLIGHTS

A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey’s life and thought.

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All right, all right, all right: The affable, laconic actor delivers a combination of memoir and self-help book.

“This is an approach book,” writes McConaughey, adding that it contains “philosophies that can be objectively understood, and if you choose, subjectively adopted, by either changing your reality, or changing how you see it. This is a playbook, based on adventures in my life.” Some of those philosophies come in the form of apothegms: “When you can design your own weather, blow in the breeze”; “Simplify, focus, conserve to liberate.” Others come in the form of sometimes rambling stories that never take the shortest route from point A to point B, as when he recounts a dream-spurred, challenging visit to the Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, who offered a significant lesson in how disagreement can be expressed politely and without rancor. Fans of McConaughey will enjoy his memories—which line up squarely with other accounts in Melissa Maerz’s recent oral history, Alright, Alright, Alright—of his debut in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, to which he contributed not just that signature phrase, but also a kind of too-cool-for-school hipness that dissolves a bit upon realizing that he’s an older guy on the prowl for teenage girls. McConaughey’s prep to settle into the role of Wooderson involved inhabiting the mind of a dude who digs cars, rock ’n’ roll, and “chicks,” and he ran with it, reminding readers that the film originally had only three scripted scenes for his character. The lesson: “Do one thing well, then another. Once, then once more.” It’s clear that the author is a thoughtful man, even an intellectual of sorts, though without the earnestness of Ethan Hawke or James Franco. Though some of the sentiments are greeting card–ish, this book is entertaining and full of good lessons.

A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey’s life and thought.

Pub Date: Oct. 20, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-13913-4

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2020

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