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February 17, 2013

Help yourself to top sellers

By Allen Pierleoni
Scripps Howard News

---- — Self-help literature has been popular since self-made man Benjamin Franklin published his inspirational autobiography. But even old Ben couldn’t have predicted how big the industry would become.

Here’s a list of titles considered by industry experts and readers to be among the most influential. Remember, they all advise, change is good.

“How to Win Friends & Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie

“The Power of Positive Thinking,” by Norman Vincent Peale

“Awakening the Buddhist Heart,” by Lama Surya Das

“Intimacy and Solitude,” by Stephanie Dowrick

“The Road Less Traveled,” by M. Scott Peck

“Feel the Fear ... and Do It Anyway,” by Susan Jeffers

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,” by John Gray

“He’s Just Not That Into You,” by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen R. Covey

“The Power of Now,” by Eckhart Tolle

“The Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne

“The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren

“Awaken the Giant Within,” by Anthony Robbins

— Allen Pierleoni,

Scripps Howard News Service