On Becoming a Personby Carl R Rogers
“What is most personal is most universal,” says Rogers. We’re all unique, yet we share our uniqueness. When we take the trouble to articulate the specificity of our story, readers can feel their own specific story come alive.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenanceby Robert M Pirsig
The best self-help books are accidental self-help books. Pirsig illustrates this point in the way he grapples with a personal inquiry into fatherhood, sanity and education; culturally resonant in the Seventies and still prismatic for life as a whole.
The Case for Working with your Handsby Matthew Crawford
The best unconventional self-help books often feature a particular personal crisis overcome that is symptomatic of a societal opportunity more broadly. Crawford’s journey from scribe to mechanic compellingly highlights the vitality we risk losing in a world of desk jobs and smartphones.