"Calm the F*ck Down" - Sarah Knight and "Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong" - Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D & Troy Dufrene

Today’s society invokes anxiety. With so much to do and very little time to do it in, people are stressed, angry, and full of worry when they would be much more productive if they could cool their nerves, but attitudes and behaviors are hard to change alone. Luckily, the library has plenty of resources for those who wish to focus their stress into something more positive.

“Calm the F*ck Down,” by Sarah Knight, isn’t just a hilariously inappropriate title. It’s full of practical advice that can help a person deal with the everyday stresses and regain control of their life. This book doesn’t necessarily break any new ground, but the information is helpful nonetheless. It is presented with humor, which makes it easier for many people cope with some of the hard truths in the book, and even the hard truths are presented with enough empathy that they aren’t such hard pills to swallow. Knight recognizes that people deal with stressful situations differently, and that some people are simply more prone to anxiety than others and may even need medical intervention to cope. People who are fond of snarky humor will definitely get a lot out of this book. “Calm the F*ck Down” can be found in Adult Nonfiction, call number 152.46 K747c.

“Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety,” by Kelly G. Wilson, PH.D. and Troy Dufrene, is named after a common mantra that repeats itself in the head for those who suffer from anxiety. It is also a something that is true for all of us. Regardless of how hard we try and no matter how much we prepare, there is a chance that things will go wrong. Rather than try to erase anxiety from the mind, this book acknowledges that it will exist, regardless of what we do, and takes the approach of working within the feeling and learning how to free oneself from its influence to lead a fruitful life and overcome any sort of challenge that life throws at us. In doing so, it helps alleviate the guilt that many of us feel for being anxious because it makes it clear that these feelings may happen whether we want them too or not. This book can be found in Adult Nonfiction, call number 152.46 W694T.

-Robert, Roswell Public Library, New Mexico