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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel; First Edition edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590030257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590030257
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,692,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Taking a spunky approach to self-help, Randy Peyser, the former editor-in-chief of the New Age magazine Catalyst, has written Crappy to Happy: Small Steps to Big Happiness Now. Using humor, parables and personal anecdotes, Peyser explains how readers can learn to be true to themselves, develop spirituality in their lives and cultivate personal integrity. Her advice is straightforward and jargon-free, and her emphasis is on the present. Asking for support doesn't mean you're a wimp, she says. Get all the support you need. Those with a sense of humor or those in need of one will relish Peyser's quirky book.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Randy Peyser is the former editor-in-chief of Catalyst, a national new-age magazine. She has a one-woman show in San Francisco called Crappy to Happy, formerly From Worrier to Warrior, during which she conducts a "New Age Flake Test," spins "The Wheel of Faulting," and dances the "Chakra-Chanting-Cha-Cha." Randy is gearing up to take her show on a nation-wide tour. This is her first book.

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Randy's humor is infectious, her voice is precious, and her sense of humor is absolutely wicked.
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This book should be required reading for every high school graduate as a manual for how to do life.
Maryel McKinley
I laughed so much once I started to read it I felt a whole lot better by the time I put it down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Alexander on December 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this book a few months after getting academically dismissed from law school. I was broke, dejected and many of my former classmates stopped associating with me. I was at a low point in my life.
After reading "Crappy to Happy", my attitude improved a lot. Ms. Peyser's heartfelt tales of woe and redemption are perfect for anyone who is going through a rough patch in their life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By susan schwartz on July 5, 2002
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I literally have not put this book down since I got it! I'm taking it with me everywhere -- just to have the opportunity to get another laugh, insight, inpsiration throughout the day.
Randy is inspiring w/o being sappy -- funny w/o being sarcastic -genuine, brilliant.
What can I say? I love this book and if you've ever felt the slightest bit [bad], so will you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 11, 2002
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Author Randy Peyser gets my nomination as the New Age Erma Bombeck.
Randy's honest, funny, and vulnerable self-assessment of the baby steps she took (not always willingly) towards finding her own personal claim to happiness offers an imminently doable blueprint for other "struggling souls" to follow.
Randy's humor is infectious, her voice is precious, and her sense of humor is absolutely wicked. Her ability to simultaneously poke fun at herself while offering valid advice to the stuggling soul makes "From Crappy to Happy" a double edged read--informative, yes, but also wildly entertaining.
The stories Randy opens her chapters with will leave you rolling on the floor with laughter at the same time you gasp with a sense of personal comraderie as you discover a bit of "everywoman" in the author's personal struggles.
Then, just as you are drying your tears, this talented author stuns you with universal insights into what really constitutes "happiness", and how anyone can achieve it.
If you feel that you're floundering in your personal quest for happiness, read this book.
If you're already happy, read this book for the sheer enjoyment of the author's insightful wit.
Even if you don't want to be happy, and rather enjoy wallowing in your own misery, read this book for the unique, raucous humor that Randy brings to every page.
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I'm drawn to honesty and Randy Peyser's book is one of the most authentic reads I've had in a while. I laughed, I wept, and I learned.
Whether using her own style of swift and discerning humor, or laying bare her own vulnerability, Randy gives us a treasure of a book that enlightens and inspires. She offers tips for emotional honesty (how to "notice and report"), and encourages us to take a deeper look as we journey toward a rich and rewarding life.
"Crappy to Happy" is witty, deeply moving, and a total joy to read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sherry ginsburg on June 11, 2002
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the book acted as a catharsis for me. it enabled me to vent all my pent-up emotions; i laughed and i cried. her loving relationship to her grandmother touched me so! even tho' i'm a grandmother, i could readily relate to many of her experiences and the manner in which she handled them. i bought the book primarily because i'm a friend of her parents. but i never expected it to be as terrific as it was; i couldn't put it down once i started it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Malone on November 22, 2002
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Tuck this book into you car glove compartment. The next time you are stuck in a traffic jam, pull it out and flip the pages. Pause anywhere. Read. Better yet, read aloud. You'll find yourself smiling, nodding, and becoming re-energized.
Peyser doesn't dogmatically preach at you--she reaches out to you in a delightfully, light-hearted way. She's a pal who understands how it feels to be crappy and who pulls you chuckling into being happy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sherry ginsburg on June 11, 2002
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the book acted as a catharsis for me. it enabled me to vent all my pent-up emotions; i laughed and i cried. her loving relationship to her grandmother touched me so! even tho' i'm a grandmother, i could readily relate to many of her experiences and the manner in which she handled them. i bought the book primarily because i'm a friend of her parents. but i never expected it to be as terrific as it was; i couldn't put it down once i started it.
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