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I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, & Doggone It, People Like Me!

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  318 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
The ultimate meditation book, not to be grandiose...

Take a hilarious, healing journey with Stuart Smalley as he careens down the road to Recovery.  For one entire year Stuart recorded an affirmation a day...except when he had taken to his bed (but that's Okay)...and the result is the most entertaining and indispensable meditation book ever.

From program wisdom (Denial Ain't
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Dell
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Jul 27, 2009 DavidO rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-or-5-stars
I really liked this book, and I'll try to explain why. When I started reading it, I expected it to be just endless jokes. But it really wasn't. In fact there are only about two or three real jokes in here. What it actually is is Stuart Smalley writing a years worth of daily affirmations. Unfortunately he isn't very good at writing and it quickly devolves into a diary. Strangely, though, the diary is fascinating. His family, his editor, his friends are all so real, that it feels like a real diary ...more
Mar 03, 2008 Bryan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Al Franken does it again. Here, Franken revises his role as Stuart Smalley, the self-help guru from his SNL days. Stuart Smalley documents each day as he tries to beat his insecurities, his inner demons, and his abusive relationships. His musings would appear moronic to any actual therapist, but are so funny that they will make you forget your own insecurities and inner demons, or at least deem them as not nearly as bad as they once were.
Nov 11, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it
This book gives me even more reason to love my new senator. It's funny, of course, but also touching. I think this and the movie work much better than the sketch on SNL. You laugh at Stuart, but also see yourself in him.
Apr 04, 2008 Paula rated it liked it
Eh, it was okay. I really liked this SNL sketch, so I guess my expectations were higher. Not as funny as I thought it would be yet, oddly enough, it made me feel much, much better about myself which, if you think about it, is supposed to be the purpose of a "real" self-help book. And, surprisingly, the ending was sort of happy after all. Probably not one I'll read again (it felt like it dragged on and on at times), but it's not the worst thing I've ever read.
Nov 20, 2009 Joanne rated it it was ok
Purchased at Boder's off the sale rack for $1.99. Looked interesting & enlightening.

Sometimes Stuart’s “stinking thinking”, dysfunctional life, and multiple 12 step program got to me. Although I do think his year ended on an upbeat note! There were some funny parts and mottos that Stuart coined, but overall I had to push myself to finish the book. Wirtten in a daily diary format, it is easy to read a few pages when you have a short timeframe.

Dec 17, 2010 Ellen rated it it was ok
This book is very similar to the movie "Stuart saves his Family". I saw the movie a long time ago. In a way, the movie was better.
You can't help but feel sorry for Stuart. He has to overcome so much when dealing with his dysfunctional family. Fortunately, he does have quite of bit of success for having low self esteem that does help even things out for him. A funny read for anyone who ever had to deal with any family issues.
Dec 11, 2008 Jonah rated it really liked it
One of my students gave this to me to read right after we got done reading both The Alchemist and Tuesdays with Morrie as a class, so this parody of self-help books was especially entertaining! Although it is technically a "daily affirmation" book, the narrator (Stuart Smalley) goes into so much detail that it kind of ends up telling a complete story and therefore reads like a novel. Good, mindless reading that got many a laugh out of me!
Jan 16, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
Loved this: “…I have to remember that I am a valuable employee! I should be, I’m a codependent! I think I’ll put that on my resume. ‘Codependent – 1951 to present.’ Will work too hard, be over responsible, and you can pay me nothing. I’ll resent you for it. But that’s okay. I’ll be too scared to say anything.”
Feb 24, 2008 jacky rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
I was just waking up and suddenly remembered reading this book like ten years ago. I remember it was written like a journal and was kind of funny. The story was based on the SNL character. It is possible that some of the humor went over my head.
May 04, 2007 Amber rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007
I have seen the movie but hadn't read the book. It was cute, a little over the top (of course) but funny. Also sad. It may or may not have affected my speech patterns for a few days, but that's ok, because I own it.
Jun 21, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, audio
A friend and I were joking about Stuart Smalley's Daily Affirmations, so it occurred to me to look for this on audible. I enjoyed it, but then I've always enjoyed every single thing Al Franken has ever done.
Aug 09, 2007 Leslie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 12-steppers
Shelves: humor, self-help
I always loved this character on SNL. I love how Stuart constantly repeats little phrases that you hear in AA and other 12-step programs. They sound so corny, and Stuart is so sincere when he says them. I laughed very hard several times.
Mar 19, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh so hard so many times.

It's a touching journal of sorts of a year in the life of Stuart Smalley, Al Franken's well-meaning but unfortunate character from Saturday Night Live. Poor Stuart, lucky us.
Jul 08, 2008 Rivkah rated it it was ok
I read this because my sister bought it for me for $2 on clearance. It is rather entertaining...a great bathroom read.
Heidi Larew
Dec 03, 2009 Heidi Larew rated it it was amazing
This book did not require me to think at all. It was the perfect treat for this time in my life. Not for everybody, but there were parts of it that caught me off guard and really made me laugh.
Aug 29, 2009 Lynda rated it liked it
Really hilarious. When I read this, I was heavily involved in the recovery movement. I did and still do daily readings. This book poked fun at all that without being mean or degrading.
Mar 18, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Hilarious short book. It makes fun of all of those meditation books. I have it as an audiobook which just adds a whole new layer of comedy. Wonderful!
Jim Bosworth
Feb 15, 2013 Jim Bosworth rated it really liked it
Funny and useful too.
Feb 29, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
This book is hilarious, I love to re-read it.
Mar 09, 2008 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Al Franken cracks me up. A self-help book by the one character who should not be trying to help anybody!
Jul 11, 2009 Marla rated it it was amazing
Love it! I loved Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live. I've read it a few times and I think it's time to read it once more.
Feb 04, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
If you're a fan of Stuart Smalley then you will enjoy this book.
Ann Brooks
Jan 04, 2010 Ann Brooks rated it really liked it
Gifted to me way back when by my now Republican-but-coming-back-somewhat-to-the-center brother.
Jul 21, 2010 Wolfrom rated it it was amazing
So fantastic! Stuart is my hero...
Jul 09, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I wasn't actually a fan of Franken's character on SNL, but I find his writing amusing. This is a little too much in character, it got old quick.
Feb 29, 2008 Gillian rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was sweet and smart and made me laugh so much. It's even a great self-help book. Daily Affirmation: Next time I visit my family I will rent a car! A true learning tool.
Feb 13, 2010 Linds rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Stuart Smalley fans
This book is funny but then it tries to be a serious book about alcoholism. It's a weird mix, but funny. Mostly. Sometimes.
Aug 20, 2011 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Shelves: top-15
a really great self help book that starts out as a joke.
Jan 12, 2013 Justlis rated it it was amazing
Hysterical. easy to read.
Nov 05, 2008 Pat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Stuart Smalley has the answers to life--if you're willing to laugh and change the way you see it.
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Alan Stuart "Al" Franken is an Emmy Award–winning American comedian, writer, progressive political commentator, and, recently, politician. He gained fame as a writer and a performer for Saturday Night Live, eventually writing and appearing in several films. Since then, Franken has become more known for his political commentary, writing numerous bestselling books and hosting a nationally-syndicated ...more
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