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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (March 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158180816X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581808162
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,766,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Karen Salmansohn is a best-selling author and motivational speaker with twenty-six published books, including How to Be Happy, Dammit and How to Succeed in Business Without a Penis. She lives in New York City.

More About the Author

Karen Salmansohn (http://notsalmon.com/) is a best selling author and award winning designer - with over 1 million books sold - who is passionate about empowering people to live their happiest, highest potential lives. She's known for creating a new breed of self help - for people who would never be caught dead doing self help - because she merges a range of psychological and philosophical research with humor and stylish graphics.

Some popular titles: HOW TO BE HAPPY DAMMIT, ENOUGH DAMMIT, THE BOUNCE BACK BOOK, PRINCE HARMING SYNDROME, and INSTANT HAPPY.

She's been a featured happiness expert on The Today Show, The View, CNN, Fox News, Bill Maher's show - and is also a columnist for Oprah, Psychology Today, CNN, MSN, Yahoo, AOL, Match, Huffingtonpost - and then some. She's been raved about in such media entities as: The N.Y. Times, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Magazine, Marie Claire, Fast Company, InStyle, Self, ELLE, New Yorker, etc She's also an in demand keynote speaker on how to increase happiness, creativity, productivity, stick-to-itiveness, and bouncing back from hard times. She gave a TEDx talk on the topic of "Fun Is A High Performance Fuel."

Karen's also the founder of notsalmon.com - a highly popular inspirational site! She calls her site notsalmon - because everyone's always mispronouncing her last name as Salmon - saying Karen SALMON-sohn instead of SALMAN-sohn. So she's always saying NOT-SALMON. She figured it was easier for people to find her on the internet if her site were simply NOT-SALMON.com

She's also known for her viral "Inspirational Flashcard" posters - which have attracted about 200,000 fans on Facebook! She's a big believer that a "spoonful of eye candy helps the self-help medicine go down" - thereby most of her books include playful and kinetic design, which she creative directs. (Her Bounce Back Book even has a symbolic snazzy red rubber cover!)

Some quirky insider info: Karen's shared man-taming tips with Madonna. She's swapped book writing tips with Goldie Hawn, Deepak Chopra and Peter Guber. She's had her novel optioned by Marissa Tomei and Miramax. She's enjoyed seeing her work featured by Julian Lennon and Eminem - without her ever sending it them! Plus Jon Stewart has read and loved her writing - and specifically told her how much he loves her humor in her writing. He even committed to saying so in an official blurb: : "Karen Salmansohn has the spirit and sass of a stand up comic." This makes Karen one of the few (and most likely ONLY!) inspirational authors with Jon-Stewart-approved humor!

Customer Reviews

Great wisdom and advice.
Paul Williams
I loved this book and recommend to anyone who is feeling stressed out and confused about their job.
Ollie Rosen
The content, however, is not so shocking.
Nick McCormick

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Q. Design on April 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
What a heap of drivel! This stuff makes Jack Handy look like Socrates.

The entire book is just dime store pep-talk and empty platitudes wrapped in tortured decoration. Each page is nothing more than a line or two pulled from a fortune cookie set in some jaunty type font and surrounded by vintage clip art and broad swaths of earthy color. If you set the type in 10pt Helvetica and got rid of all the window dressing, the actual content could be printed on something that would fit in your wallet.

You know that ol saw Style over Substance? Well it was created to describe works like this one.

Here is a startling insight from the book.

... in this uber-competitive career market place, if you only give 100% you will only get an okay career. If you want a fantastic career you gotta give 150%"

Seriously, this is the stuff that fills out the pages of this ridiculous tome.

All I can say is that Ballsy is what the writer was when she pitched this book,and SUPREEMELY Ballsy when the publisher stuck a $14.99 price tag on it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Christien Louviere on October 5, 2006
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I wish I could give this 2.5 stars. I'd read a bit about the author and was intrigued by her style. This is the first book of her's I've read. I have no doubt that she is quite talented, but this book is only half finished. I read the whole thing in 45 minutes. Not because it was a page-turner, but because it was basically fluff with no ideas. She gave 'tips' and then offered no ideas or solutions. She just put a summary after each tip, but how hard is it to summarize a 1-2 line tip? I'm not quite sure that this is the fault of Ms. Salmansohn. I looked at other books by the same publisher. They were similar in that they were light information and heavy on distracting graphics.

I read the other reviews and may be in the minority as I don't think I'm the target audience. I bet Karen is a wonderful writer, but the book really left me aggarvated that I pad for it. I don't feel as though I received much from it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy M. Day on October 6, 2010
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This is certainly a page turner. Fun and funny. Then it's done and you have no idea what you wasted your time on. Not that it took much time.

I simply love these kind of books written by sales people and marketers. They get me to buy a book that just isn't worth the price. But it sure looks cool and gave me a few laughs.

If you mostly read books for entertainment value this book is for you. If you read them to actually learn something useful, leave this one be.

Cheers,
Jeremy
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ivan S on April 13, 2007
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I loved this book for its aesthetics; it is beautifully over-designed and I spent a good while admiring its visuals. But after the initial attraction wore off, the book and the author didn't have much to offer. This is just a collection of trite motivational maxims without any practical information. Beautifully presented, mildly amusing but ultimately useless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Agent sme on August 17, 2007
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This book is a fun read and reminder of a lot of things you may already know, as well as new info. you can use to get your career in high gear. The creative layout also makes it a great gift book. I enjoyed it very much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn A. Henry on June 13, 2009
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Some of the advice is silly and doesn't make sense to me, but other advice is very good.

Each page spread has a tip and a summary; sometimes the summary seems to have nothing to do with the original tip, and I wonder how the author made that jump.

But it's a very visually pleasing book to read, because each page has a unique design. That is my favorite part.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. thielke on April 6, 2011
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Have read most of her books. Read them to the kids. Fun sayings, easy to read and apply. Highly recommend.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Greenfield on April 25, 2006
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I love this new business book -- it's bold and to the point - with truly helpful techniques -- and it puts you in a psyched ballsy state of mind right after reading it! Thank you to the author -- who's book HOW TO BE HAPPY DAMMIT is a gift I keep giving to all the important people in my life. Now BALLSY will also be a gift I want to give!
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