No more Mr./Ms. Nice Guy
Guess which one of these self-help books is a parody; the other two are serious.
Earn Your MBA on the Toilet: Unleash Unlimited Power and Wealth From Your Bathroom (Ten Speed Press) by Kasper Hauser is full of NSFW advice about work, with chapters like "Leadership: Harnessing Your Inner Darth Gandhi."
Working With Bitches: Identify the 8 Types of Office Mean Girls and Rise Above Workplace Nastiness (Da Capo/Lifelong) by Meredith Fuller offers advice on how to sort out the Excluders, the Screamers and the Narcissists, and how to deal with them.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (Running Press) by Jen Sincero, a "success coach" who sampled all sorts of self-help, from seminars to spirit guides, to come up with this book about treating yourself with love instead of sabotage.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor