Resurgent advice book is not your mother's self-help

If you want to change your life, just head to your local public library. It’s amazing what you’ll find to help get you headed in a new direction.

Need to declutter your world? Check out "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Condo. Want to polish up your public speaking skills? Michael Port’s "Steal the Show" offers great tips on making effective presentations. From books to databases to tech classes, Lawrence Public Library will help you imagine more for your life.

One book that has been getting lots of attention at the library is Jen Sincero’s "You Are a Bad*ss." Originally published in 2013, this irreverent little read landed on the New York Times Best Sellers list of Advice and How-To Books about five months ago. As of this week, it has climbed to the No. 2 spot. Its sudden popularity three years after its release is a huge surprise. “The publishing world is scratching a hole in its head wondering how we did it,” Sincero writes in her blog.

Full of blunt humor, sage advice and the occasional swear word, "You Are a Bad*ss" serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilarious and inspiring stories. Chapters such as “Self-Perception Is a Zoo” and "Fear Is for Suckers" help you to understand how you got this way, how to stop doubting your greatness, how to love what you don't love about yourself, and how to live a bigger life than you've ever imagined.

Even better, the audiobook of "You Are a Bad*ss" is available on Hoopla, a new digital service available through the library. With Hoopla and your Lawrence Public Library card, you can borrow ebooks, audiobooks, comic books, movies and TV shows. There are no holds, no fines and no waiting in line for what you want. Each library card holder is allowed up to five checkouts each month. Just log on to to set up your account. Trust me, it’s super easy.

So what are you waiting for? Get to your public library and get started. Here’s to your new awesome life.

— Kathleen Morgan is the Development & Strategic Partnerships Director at Lawrence Public Library.


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