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Radical Sanity

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  740 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Though she might not always follow her own advice, Elizabeth Wurtzel knows certain things to be true: Doing copious amounts of drugs leads nowhere you want to be; trying to be friends with your ex is always a bad idea; if you cant afford to hire a mover, you cant afford to move; and always doing the best you can is always good enough.

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Published January 23rd 2001 by Random House (first published 1998)
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Julie Ehlers
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, self-help
My original impression of Radical Sanity, which I first read in 1999 and dutifully evaluated in my reading journal, was as follows: "While the idea of Elizabeth Wurtzel writing a self-help book is kind of hilarious, this was a fun read with some good advice." Of course, I didn't know upon my first read that by the time she wrote this, Wurtzel had already been through a harrowing addiction and recovery and had, in fact, learned a few things worth passing on, as she later revealed in much greater ...more
Julie Madsen
May 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Now here is someone who loves makeup and high heels but demands men clear the table after dinner. The great female ROAR (or Grrrrrrl) is dying down, if not dead. So far the only chapter I like is the one that reads: Have a cleaning person come in as often as you can afford. Yeah right. Written like a real New Yorker. I need a raise!

Whatever this semi-feminista crap-writing is, I don't like it. If it still requires leg shaving and mascara, leave me out of it.
Terra
Apr 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought it would be stupid and fluffy like most self-help type books. However, it turned out to be laugh-out-loud-funny, while also serving as a good reminder of the stuff we forget sometimes-that life isn't about finding the perfect man, that your career shouldn't be the only thing you do, and that everyone is just as strange as you are. A VERY fast read and much funnier than it looks.
Joy
Jun 11, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was overpriced and far worse than I expected. Apparently she's transformed from a troubled teenager to an overly self righteous WOMAN!
Woman, RAWR!!!
Jennifer
Wurtzel offers fortune cookie level wisdom with all the plausibility of a drunken fisherman describing the size of the one that got away, and you spend much of her book wondering when exactly she took any of her own advice. There are a few useful aphorisms here, but chances are you heard them from your mother first. (Though maybe not the one advising you to screw an ex to help yourself get over whatever guy you're crushing on...) Miles away from Kiss My Tiara's class and sass.
Abbi Dion
Read this one night when I was livin' alone in an apartment with no furniture. I was drinking wine out of the bottle and speeding through and laughing out loud. That's a nice memory. I particularly like: "Be Gorgeous. I myself believe that I am about ten times prettier than I actually am. By dint of sheer will power, I have managed to convince many people of this." Ha ha ha.
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
It pains me to give this book one star, as I'm a huge fan of Wurtzel's first three books, but this book was awful. Additionally, having read Prozac Nation and Bitch and More, Now, Again, I kept wondering how on earth Wurtzel decided she should give people generic life advice about being happy and love affairs. Sadly, this mini-book is not worth reading, but don't judge the author on this piece-- read her other three books-- they're wonderful. This was just a bizarre, blog-esque ramble of essays ...more
Melanie
Mar 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just skimmed this, I couldn't really get into it... not nearly as good as her other books, which I've loved all of so far. It was just sort of like she wanted to publish something, so she just crammed a bunch of her less-good stuff together and called it a day.
Andrea
Mar 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Should be titled commonsense advice for stupid women.
Brad
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read Elizabeth Wurtzel's Radical Sanity (also published as The Bitch Rules and The Secret of Life in parallel with Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women. And, I felt as thought Sanity was the outline that inspired the lengthy, literary essays in Bitch. Where the essays in Bitch stretch on for fifty, sixty, seventy pages (all worth it), Sanity are short nuggets usually no more than two or three pages.

This isn't to say Sanity isn't worth the read. I found myself nodding along throughout the book,
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Melanie
Jan 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While I love other works by Wurtzel (Prozac Nation, Bitch), I was disappointed with this book. It is mostly due to the misleading subtitle. This book does not offer advice for the uncommon woman; rather the advice it offers (some of which I agree with, other parts of which my annotations simply read "NO!") is clearly for the everyday woman, the one who wants a common life, or at least a typical life after youth and young adulthood (which I do not see anything wrong with, if that is what makes ...more
Darlene
When I was 24, graduating university, breaking up with my long-term boy, and moving back to my hometown, I would have given this book 4 stars for its astuteness. Now that I'm 33 and ACTUALLY an adult (no offense to the 24 year old adults, I just wasn't one of them)I find this book cutesy and silly, and rather annoying in its constant contradictions: e.g. page 94 "The only way to get one person off your mind is to get another one on your body" (which I still think is probably true) vs. page 97 (3 ...more
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
It pains me to give this book one star, as I'm a huge fan of Wurtzel's first three books, but this book was awful. Additionally, having read Prozac Nation and Bitch and More, Now, Again, I kept wondering how on earth Wurtzel decided she should give people generic life advice about being happy and love affairs. Sadly, this mini-book is not worth reading, but don't judge the author on this piece-- read her other three books-- they're wonderful. This was just a bizarre, blog-esque ramble of essays ...more
Medeia Sharif
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm familiar with Wurtzel's life and bouts with mental illness and drugs after reading PROZAC NATION and MORE, NOW, AGAIN. After that darkness, she sees light. RADICAL SANITY is Wurtzel's advice to women on romance, careers, hobbies, and physical appearance based on her experiences--which means that readers may not connect to everything she has to say. Some sections and chapters were empowering, while others were contradictory by urging women to do things to attract the opposite sex. Still, it's ...more
Shira
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Into the psyche of the woman who wrote Prozac Nation... Read it less for the advice and more for the entertaining prose of this "postfeminist," heteronormative, generalizing, and overall pretty elitist woman. While she may be politically incorrect and dated even after less than 10 years, she's funny, and there is some wisdom through the lens of knowing her "quirks."
Sarah
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of reviews of this book before I purchased it and I can see where everyone is coming from, both good and bad. However, I grabbed this book in the midst of a hellish week of being stuck in my own head and it was just the thing I needed to snap me out of it. I'm not saying it's the type of book that would suit everyone, but it hit the mark with me in this instance.
Megs
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those looking for a boost
Shelves: staples
The title of this book caught my eye immediately due the title and well there really are secrets to life in here! It is like one of few Self Help Psychology books that give a crap about those they are writing for! You can tell this woman has seen it all and been through it all.
Meri
Mar 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cleverly written but genuinely prescribed advice...say what you will about Elizabeth Wurtzel, but she's passionately pro-woman, pro-self, pro-happiness. Buy this book for any woman you love and respect!
James Clark
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an entertaining and frank overview of how to live your life. Elizabeth creates a series of sensible rules for women that are easily translatable to men as well. Taking simple things and giving strong advice based on her own experiences and building a cohesive and precise set of rules.
Cassidy
Feb 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Prozac Nation and More Now Again but this was just a waste of money. I was able to special order it a couple years ago. I'm not sure if it's even out anymore but I don't recommended going to any trouble to get this book.
Louise Ludbrook
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
It's a bit dated but still good
Sara
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First e-book I read - I re-read it - it's fabulous!
Yvette
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for train rides, and life.
Sara
I love Elizabeth Wurtzel's books. Her writing is optimistic with a touch of cynicism, with plenty of humor.
Kerrie
Jan 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light enough reading for the topic at hand.
Meredith
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Same as my other Wurtzel reviews. This book is filled with highlighter and notes.
Joyce
No comments. There's nothing to say about this book. Garbage.
Kassel
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Although I don't agree with all of Wurtzel's ideas and sentiments, it's still a good book, full of pithy advice.
Patricia
Apr 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's an easy read with commonsense advise for uncommon women...that's for sure!
Stephanie
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girlybooks
a few little nuggets of wisdom here and there, wrapped around a lot of BS stuff. very easy read but also easy to zone out on while reading too...
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Brought up Jewish, Elizabeth Wurtzel's parents divorced when she was young. As described in Prozac Nation, Wurtzel's depression began at the ages of ten to twelve. She attended Ramaz for high school and was described as an overachiever by her teachers, who expected her to become a nationally famous writer. While an undergraduate at Harvard College, she wrote for The Harvard Crimson and the Dallas ...more

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