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Half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. Join comedian Jolenta Greenberg and culture critic Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might actually be life changing.

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    • Comedy
    • 4.9, 28 Ratings

Half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. Join comedian Jolenta Greenberg and culture critic Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might actually be life changing.

    Bonus Episode: The Husbands Return!

    Bonus Episode: The Husbands Return!

    Dean and Brad join Kristen and Jolenta in the studio to answer your listener questions about living by the decades! (This bonus episode was recorded before COVID sheltering in place began.) 

     

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is available now [amazon.com].

    You can subscribe to Jolenta and Kristen's new show, We Love You (And So Can You) on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts [podcasts.apple.com], or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    We love hearing from you! CALL us at 302-49B-OOKS. Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod.

    And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687

    To get By the Book merch, head over to PodSwag.com: https://www.podswag.com/collections/by-the-book

    This episode is brought to you by: Everplate [everyplate.com], BetterHelp [betterhelp.com/btb], Olay [olay.com], Rothy’s [ Rothys.com/btb], Betty Crocker [bettycrocker.com], OMGYes [omgyes.com/BTB], and CLR [clrbrands.com]

    • 28 min
    Bonus Episode: How Is Everyone Doing?

    Bonus Episode: How Is Everyone Doing?

    Kristen and Jolenta fill us in on what they’ve been up to during stay-at-home orders, share advice about how to stay sane right now, and check in with some surprise special guests. Plus, the ladies dive into the mailbag to hear how By the Book listeners are holding up right now. 

     

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is available now.

     

    You can subscribe to Jolenta and Kristen's new show, We Love You (And So Can You) on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    Be sure to check out Kristen's new podcast, Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen

    We love hearing from you! CALL us at 302-49B-OOKS. Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687

     

    To get By the Book merch, head over to PodSwag.com:

    https://www.podswag.com/collections/by-the-book


    This episode is brought to you by: Everplate [everyplate.com], BetterHelp [betterhelp.com/btb], Olay [olay.com], Rothy’s [ Rothys.com/btb], Betty Crocker [bettycrocker.com], OMGYes [omgyes.com/BTB], and CLR [clrbrands.com]

    • 46 min
    Bonus Episode: Season Six Wrap-Up

    Bonus Episode: Season Six Wrap-Up

    Kristen and Jolenta reflect on the latest season! What stuck since living by the books of Season 6? What new revelations did they have? What was pure torture?

     

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is available now.

     

    You can subscribe to Jolenta and Kristen's new show, We Love You (And So Can You) on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

     

    We love hearing from you! CALL us at 302-49B-OOKS. Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687

     

    To get By the Book merch, head over to PodSwag.com:

    https://www.podswag.com/collections/by-the-book


    This episode is brought to you by CLR [clrbrands.com].

    • 36 min
    Bonus Episode: Professor Travis Tells All

    Bonus Episode: Professor Travis Tells All

    Kristen and Jolenta chat with By the Book’s resident historian and fairy Godmother Trysh Travis. Professor Travis answers listener questions about the history of self-help and race, why Marie Kondo is so popular, and shares some of her favorite self- help books. Trysh Travis is a cultural and literary historian in the Center for Women's Studies at the University of Florida

    If you want more of Professor Travis, check out her books:

    The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey

    Re-Thinking Therapeutic Culture 

    For further reading on the history of the self-help industry, Professor Travis recommends:

    Oracle at the Supermarket, by Steven Starker

    Self Help, Inc., by Micki McGee 

    Bright-sided, by Barbara Ehrenreich

     

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is available now.

     

    You can subscribe to Jolenta and Kristen's new show, We Love You (And So Can You) on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

     

    We love hearing from you! CALL us at 302-49B-OOKS. Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687

     

    To get By the Book merch, head over to PodSwag.com:

    https://www.podswag.com/collections/by-the-book

     

    This episode is brought to you by

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    • 46 min
    Join Us: How to Be Fine Virtual Book Launch

    Join Us: How to Be Fine Virtual Book Launch

    The How to Be Fine book launch party is back on! But now it's going to be on Zoom & hosted by the great Anne Bogel, of What Should I Read Next!

    Join us Friday, April 10th at 12 Noon EDT.

    To attend the virtual launch party, sign up HERE.

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is available now.

    To get By the Book merch, head over to PodSwag.com:

    https://www.podswag.com/collections/by-the-book

    • 1 min
    Epilogue: Gifts of Imperfection

    Epilogue: Gifts of Imperfection

    Kristen and Jolenta respond to listener letters about The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. Plus, Trysh Travis, cultural and literary historian in the Center for Women's Studies at the University of Florida, puts Brene Brown into historical context and offers up some hot takes!

     

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is available now.

     

    You can subscribe to Jolenta and Kristen's new show, We Love You (And So Can You) on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

     

    We love hearing from you! CALL us at 302-49B-OOKS. Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687

     

    To get By the Book merch, head over to PodSwag.com:

    https://www.podswag.com/collections/by-the-book

     

    This episode is brought to you by Nationwide Pet Insurance [www.petinsurance.com/PODCAST], CLR [clrbrands.com], and Blinkist [Blinkist.com/BTB]

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Elasti.girl ,

Make it a regular

BTB is one of the few podcasts I listen to every week. Kristen and Jolenta have given me access to new perspectives on so many topics from cosmetic surgery to that awful Mars/Venus nonsense. They are relatable and never fail to make me laugh. You should make this a regular podcast in your life, too!

TessB24 ,

Love this podcast!

This podcast is fantastic. Jolenta and Kristen are smart, fierce and hilarious. I love how open they are, and embracing of the books they are. The epilogues and bonus episodes are also always very enjoyable. This podcast always makes my day better, and frequently as me in stitches. As a fellow kiwi, I also always enjoy hearing Dean.

sophsargent ,

My absolute favourite

I adore this podcast. It cheers me up and I love the dynamic between the Kristen and Jolenta, and their husbands too. I just wish there were more episodes !!

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