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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

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.

    The Dance of Anger

    The Dance of Anger

    Kristen and Jolenta continue their romp through self-help history. This week, they dance their way into the 1980s with Dr. Harriet Lerner's The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships. Will Jolenta learn how to face conflict in her relationship with Brad? Will Kristen and Dean actually have a fight?

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is currently available for pre-order.

    Come out to their book launch party, at The Strand bookstore in New York City on Friday, March 20 at 7 pm. Get tickets on The Strand website here.

    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

     

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    • 44 min
    Epilogue: The Joy of Sex

    Epilogue: The Joy of Sex

    Kristen is joined by special guest host and our By the Book producer Nora Ritchie to talk about listener reactions to The Joy of Sex: A Gourmet Guide to Lovemaking. Plus, Kristen and Jolenta talk to Trysh Travis, cultural and literary historian in the Center for Women’s Studies at the University of Florida. Trysh puts the book into historical context and breaks down the "woke hippie vibe" of the 1970s.

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is currently available for pre-order.

     

    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

     

    And a big thanks to this week's sponsors:

     

    Better Help, online counseling that is accessible, affordable and convenient. Go to betterhelp.com/btb to get 10% off your first month.

     

    Visit Hallmark.com/btb to shop a wide variety of Valentine’s Day cards. Use promo code BTB to get 20% off your card purchase.

     

    Luden’s, iconic Wild Cherry Throat Drops. Use the promo code 15BTB on Amazon to get 15% off two 90-count bags of Luden's Wild Cherry Throat Drops. 

     

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    • 34 min
    The Joy of Sex

    The Joy of Sex

    The ladies live by Alex Comfort’s The Joy of Sex: A Gourmet Guide to Lovemaking, an international bestseller since it was first published in 1972.  Will the book improve their sex lives? Will Kristen buy a waterbed? Will Jolenta build a sex fort?

     

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is currently available for pre-order.

     

    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

     

    And a big thanks to this week's sponsors:

     

    The RealReal, authenticated luxury consignment. Get 20% off select items with the promo REAL at TheRealReal.com.

     

    Better Help, online counseling that is accessible, affordable and convenient. Go to betterhelp.com/btb to get 10% off your first month.

     

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    • 40 min
    Epilogue: Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints

    Epilogue: Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints

    The ladies respond to listener voicemails and emails about Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints.  Plus, Trysh Travis, cultural and literary historian in the Center for Women’s Studies at the University of Florida, puts the book into a feminist historical context. To learn more about Trysh’s research, head here. 

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is currently available for pre-order.

     

    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

     

    And a big thanks to this week's sponsors:

     

    The RealReal, authenticated luxury consignment. Get 20% off select items with the promo REAL at TheRealReal.com.

     

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    • 27 min
    Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints

    Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints

    Kristen and Jolenta continue their jaunt through self-help history. This week, the ladies dig into the 1960s with Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints. Will Jolenta be the hostess with the leastess? Will Kristen succeed in the kitchen without setting foot in the kitchen?

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is currently available for pre-order.

    Come out to their book launch party, at The Strand bookstore in New York City on Friday, March 20 at 7 pm. Get tickets on The Strand website here.

    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

     

    And a big thanks to this week's sponsors:

     

    Magic Spoon, a guilt-free cereal. Go to magicspoon.com/BTB and use promo code BTB at checkout to get free shipping.

     

    The RealReal, authenticated luxury consignment. Get 20% off select items with the promo REAL at TheRealReal.com.

     

    Visit Hallmark.com/btb to shop a wide variety of Valentine’s Day cards. Use promo code BTB to get 20% off your card purchase.


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    • 38 min
    Epilogue: The Power of Positive Thinking

    Epilogue: The Power of Positive Thinking

    Kristen and Jolenta dive into listener feedback about The Power of Positive Thinking. Plus, they call up Trysh Travis, cultural and literary historian in the Center for Women’s Studies at the University of Florida. Trysh helps the ladies put the book into historical context by explaining the aspirations and anxieties of readers in the 1950s. To learn more about Trysh’s research, head here. 

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is currently available for pre-order.

    Come out to their book launch party, at The Strand bookstore in New York City on Friday, March 20 at 7 pm. Get tickets on The Strand website here.

    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

     

    And a big thanks to this week's sponsors:

     

    Better Help, online counseling that is accessible, affordable and convenient. Go to betterhelp.com/btb to get 10% off your first month.

     

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

raeofcare ,

Click Play. Do it!!

By the book is rocks my socks off. The hosts are A+, their refreshed jingle is so fine and the content is exactly what I needed yet didn’t know it. I love self help books, but letting someone else read them and getting their perspective is so valuable and cool. This season is now introducing me to the wild world of self help throughout the decades and it is awesome, and the updated epilogue with the professor is sooooo good. Thanks BTB! Keep up the good work Xoxo

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Funny and smart

These mavens are honest and courageous in their willingness to try something new every two weeks, AND then talk about how deeply these books affected them and their marriages. I’m in awe and so grateful for this really funny and heartfelt series.

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The epilogues!

I love listening to Professor Travis in each epilogue! It’s like the best college class on feminism I never signed up for but am soooooo here for now. Thank you!

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