Anyone who approaches this as a 'Self-Help" book is missing the point. Totally. Augusten Burroughs challenges the multitudes/notion of self-help advice (Life Hacker/anyone?) prevalent in modern society and turns them on their head and question if we have been blinded by our need to be helped. Each self-help chapter offers up the usual homilies but coloured with personal experience and subjected to twists and turns as he expounds on topics such as "How to Be Fat" and "How to be Thin". It is not a conventional book that can be read from cover to cover without feeling worn out. Each 'help' chapter should be dipped in and out and reflected upon on its own. Think of it as "Chicken Soup For the Soul" for the 21th century but without all the faux sweetness.