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The Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks, and Losses Paperback – May 14, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (May 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076114627X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761146278
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Salmansohn's writing is bold, playful, insightful—with powerful metaphors that provoke and inspire. Her kinetic images amplify her message and take the book to a new level of literary experience." - Deepak Chopra, author of Seven Laws of Spiritual Success --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Karen Salmansohn is the author of the bestselling How to Make Your Man Behave ... and How to Be Happy, Dammit. She is a relationship expert for MSN.com and Match.com, and hosts her own daily radio show, "How to Be Happy, Dammit" on Sirius. She lives in New York City.

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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

Very nice illustrations and colors.
M. Sok
A friend lent me her copy of this book and I liked it so much that I purchased my own copy.
clothesshopper54
This book is a perfect read in tough times.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Brynnlux on November 10, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book because my counselor at the Rape Crisis Center I used to go to recommended it. I really liked it and enjoyed it. It short, you can read it in a day, but I constantly refer back to it to help me remember important things. I am still using it and working with it, I am a long way from a full recovery, but the cheerful words and images are much better than the dull self-help books I've read in the past. The illustrations are pretty and the language used makes you feel uplifted, and not like a total loser for reading a self-help book. I enjoyed reading the author's personal story. In my opinion someone who hasn't been through a trauma cannot tell another person how to deal with one, which is what I see a lot of self-help authors doing. They don't know what they are talking about, but this lady does.

I also like the cover, which is rubbery, like a bouncy ball. I think its fun. I totally recommend this book, but for someone who is suffering from a severe trauma and not just a small setback, I would also look for something else to use in addition to the Bounce Back book, because this really is not enough information and help for someone who has suffered very deeply, but this is really good for those times when you just don't feel so hot or are a little down or depressed.

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I wrote the previous review in 2009. It is now 2013 and I wanted to come back and update this review for anyone searching for this book and trying to decide whether or not to buy it.

As I said before, I purchased and read this book after a recommendation from a counselor at a Rape Crisis Center. I went regularly to my counseling sessions and eventually started seeing a psychologist and a psychiatrist, began taking anti-depressants, and basically trying to "bounce back.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sherman Sall on April 28, 2008
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The thing that Salmansohn does that so few authors do these days is synthesize the best of what the thought leaders are saying and thinking and putting it into succinct little chunks that are rewarding and enlightening to read. And then she adds her own thoughts and feelings into the mix to deliver a powerful, emotional yet entertaining ride into a better me or you. This is without a doubt her best book yet. The chapters are developed intelligently, each one is a breeze to read and the graphics really add to the user experience of this content. The cool red rubber cover is the bomb! Go ahead and buy one for yourself and some more for your friends because we all have something we're bouncing back from these days, right?
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Katz on August 4, 2008
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This book is necessary for any person who had had disappointments in their life or who has faced adversity and defeat (like all of us!). As a psychologist I can attest to the fact that too many people accept defeat and tend to get depressed. Karen Salmonson's book says "Don't do that". She presents great strategies for rebounding and taking charge of your life. A must read for everyone! Well written, practical and psychologically sound advice.

Bernard Katz, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Mininni, Ph.D. on July 3, 2008
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How appropriate that a book titled "The Bounce Back Book" would be so, well, uplifting. From its fun rubberized cover to its clever, quirky illustrations, Karen has created another jewel. In it she includes 75 strategies (and all research-based, I'm happy to say), that the reader can use to mend and shine after life's inevitable hard times. The beauty with her many techniques is that if you can't relate to one, you can always try another (My fav is tip #57). In this book, Karen has neatly packaged the latest info from positive psychology, neuroscience, cognitive therapy and Buddhism to create the ultimate handy dandy life guide. As a teacher of emotional wellness, I think The Bounce Back Book is a gem!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Madeleine L. Vanhecke on June 7, 2008
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The Bounce Back book is a treasure of useful ideas to help people bounce back from tough experiences. Salmansohn has a great ability to distill the very best from academic psychology, combine those insights with the spiritual perspective of Eastern philosophy, and convey all this with humor and panache. But what is most moving about the Bounce Back book is the very real and human voice of the author - so authentic that you feel she is sitting in your kitchen and talking with you about these ideas over a cup of coffee. This book is a great gift to give yourself or to anyone you care about who's trying to cope with a difficult time in their lives.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. R. Nickles Jr. on April 22, 2012
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I've had many trials and set backs
although I find it difficult to practice some of the things the book suggests, the book has many really great ideas. Sometimes moving forward is very difficult when you don't know where forward is. I really like the ideas in here.
This book is very good and I suggest it highly to anyone who is going through pain and struggles in their life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alison on September 8, 2013
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I was going to buy another book by the same author but it was out of stock. Amazon recommended this one and I have returned to it time and time again. It has steps which you can do at your own pace. If you've suffered lose, heartbreak or just want to get back on track this book gives humorous and upbeat advice with nice graphics which cheer you up. I really like the style of this book. Its one of the best self help books I've read.
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