In Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching, Barbara Held's genuine humor with a practical and unique approach to self-help is based on the premise that having to act happy (or worse, actually be happy) when the harsh realities of life descend upon us is to add insult to injury. Rather, the trick to true happiness under trying circumstances is to know how to complain (kvetch) properly, so that we attract others, including their assistance and resources, rather than repel them. . . . Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching is the ideal antidote to all those other saccharine and submissive self-help books. -- Michael J. Carson, Midwest Book Review, October, 1999
The author contends that other self-help books with their message that you have to act happy and be happy all the time are often just a guilt trip that ignores the fact that we often encounter things worth complaining about. She does so with refreshing humor and I think this book will prove helpful to those too timid to complain when they should. -- Alan Caruba, Bookviews, October, 1999 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.