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By The Book

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By The Book is half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. Join comedian Jolenta Greenberg and her skeptical friend Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out whic...Show More

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The Five Love Languages

44:18 | Feb 8th, 2018

We've been told that the language of love is universal...but what if it's not? What if there are multiple love languages, and what if our partners speak different love languages than we do? Jolenta and Kristen explore these questions as they dive int...Show More

What To Say When You Talk To Yourself

42:31 | Jan 25th, 2018

We all talk to ourselves, right? But when we do, are we being as kind as we should? Jolenta and Kristen examine their own self talk - and try to improve it, of course - with the help of the classic bestseller What To Say When You Talk To Yourself, by...Show More

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

35:13 | Jun 8th, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen live by Marie Kondo's uber popular minimalist guide, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The book tells them to throw out belongings, fold socks into pinwheels, and say thank you garbage!  Can they do it? Will it change their l...Show More

Epilogue: What To Say When You Talk To Yourself

21:03 | Feb 1st, 2018

Jolenta and Kristen debrief on their most popular book to date, What To Say When You Talk To Yourself, by Shad Helmstetter. We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. Visit o...Show More

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

37:21 | Aug 17th, 2017

Are men and women inherently different? Jolenta and Kristen attempt to find out by living according to the bestselling relationship guide, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, by John Gray, PhD. Share your story of living by this book at 505-510-...Show More

The Secret

39:09 | Mar 23rd, 2017

By the Book hosts Jolenta and Kristen dive into their first self-help book - the mega-bestseller The Secret. They follow it to the letter for two weeks. Listen as Kristen tries to manifest thoughts into things and Jolenta explores whether the Law of ...Show More

Big Magic

43:20 | Feb 7th

The ladies try to live a creative life with Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Will Kristen tap in  We love hearing from you! Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookp...Show More

Epilogue: Pantsdrunk

28:55 | Jan 31st

Jolenta and Kristen reply to listener comments, criticisms and questions about their experience living by Päntsdrunk: Kalsarikänni: The Finnish Path to Relaxation. Plus, they announce next week's book! We love hearing from you! Email us at kriste...Show More

Pantsdrunk

36:11 | Jan 24th

Kristen and Jolenta try päntsdrunk - the Finnish term for drinking at home, alone, in your underwear! Join the ladies as they live by Miska Rantanen's Päntsdrunk: Kalsarikänni: The Finnish Path to Relaxation. Will päntsdrunk help them find inner peac...Show More

Epilogue: Pick Three

24:30 | Jan 17th

Jolenta and Kristen read listener comments about their experience living by Pick Three and announce next week's book! We love hearing from you! Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. And...Show More

Pick Three

36:52 | Jan 10th

The ladies live by Randi Zuckerberg's New York Times bestseller, Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Everyday). We love hearing from you! Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. And if...Show More

Epilogue: Year of Yes

32:01 | Jan 3rd

The ladies read listener comments and questions about their experience living by Year of Yes and make some important announcement's about the future of the show. We love hearing from you! Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag...Show More

Year of Yes

44:49 | Dec 27th, 2018

The ladies live by Shonda Rhimes's New York Times bestseller, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person. We love hearing from you! Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @by...Show More

Epilogue: A Simple Act of Gratitude

34:08 | Dec 20th, 2018

The ladies reply to listener comments, questions, and criticisms about their experience living by A Simple Act of Gratitude. Plus, they announce next week's book!We love hearing from you! Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag...Show More

A Simple Act of Gratitude

43:31 | Dec 13th, 2018

The ladies get extra thankful with A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life, by John Kralik. We love hearing from you! Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. ...Show More

Epilogue: Girl, Wash Your Face

35:41 | Dec 6th, 2018

The ladies discuss the aftermath of living by Girl, Wash Your Face and read listener mail about working from home, divorce, and Christianity. Plus, they announce next week's book! We love hearing from you! Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or ...Show More

Girl, Wash Your Face

47:09 | Nov 29th, 2018

In the premier of season four, the ladies live by Rachel Hollis's New York Times bestseller, Girl, Wash Your Face. We love hearing from you! Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. And if you...Show More

Bonus Episode: How to Apologize with the Science of Happiness

28:18 | Nov 15th, 2018

The ladies get a crash course in apologizing from The Science of Happiness podcast and Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley. For K&J's guest appearance on The Science of Happiness podcast, subscribe to The Science of Happiness in your podcast...Show More

Bonus Episode: Cameron Tells Even More of All

36:48 | Nov 1st, 2018

Once again, Cameron the producer answers listener questions about LOTS of topics, including Robert Plant, stand up comedy, and previous owners of his mattress. We love hearing from you! Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, @jolentag, @kristenmein...Show More

Bonus Episode: Ask Us Even More of Anything

50:57 | Oct 18th, 2018

The ladies answer EVEN MORE listener questions! Learn where Jolenta's name came from, how Kristen manages to never where pants, and much, much more! We love hearing from you! Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @by...Show More

Bonus Episode: The Husbands Speak Again...Again!

38:13 | Oct 4th, 2018

Dean and Brad join Kristen and Jolenta in the studio to answer listener questions...again! We love hearing from you! Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. Visit our website: www.bythebook.panoply.fm. A...Show More

Bonus Episode: Season 3 Wrap-up

54:49 | Sep 20th, 2018

The ladies talk about what stuck and what didn't from the books of season 3! Plus, they share two important announcements. We love hearing from you! Call us at 419-869-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. Visit ou...Show More

Epilogue: The 4-Hour Workweek

30:41 | Sep 6th, 2018

The ladies revisit The 4-Hour Workweek, answer listener questions, and make a big announcement! We love hearing from you! Call us at 419-869-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. Visit our website: www.bythebook.pa...Show More

The 4-Hour Workweek

50:36 | Aug 30th, 2018

The ladies try to achieve the ultimate work/life balance with Tim Ferriss’s bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.We love hearing from you! Reach out at 419-869-BOOK; email us at bythebook@panoply.fm; Tweet...Show More

Epilogue: The Curated Closet

34:08 | Aug 23rd, 2018

The ladies talk more about The Curated Closet, get style tips from listeners, and announce next week's book! We love hearing from you! Get in touch at bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. Visit our website: www.bytheboo...Show More

The Curated Closet

52:11 | Aug 16th, 2018

The ladies tackle their most stylish challenge yet with The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe, by Anuschka Rees. They choose colors, patterns, and styles that make their personalities...Show More

Epilogue: A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance

34:33 | Aug 9th, 2018

Jolenta and Kristen revisit A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance and answer questions about feminism in high school, trans inclusion, and much, much more. Plus, they announce next week's book! We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK, by...Show More

A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance

45:36 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Kristen and Jolenta stand up for what they believe in with help from A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance: A Feminist Handbook on Fighting for Good, by Emma Gray. Along the way, they talk to friends, neighbors, and their husbands about what they ...Show More

Epilogue: The Nature Fix

29:20 | Jul 26th, 2018

The ladies answer listener mail about The Nature Fix, talk to Cameron about his new plant, and announce next week's book!We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. Visit our ...Show More

The Nature Fix

48:17 | Jul 19th, 2018

The ladies try to tap into the healing power of the outdoors with Florence Williams's The Nature Fix: Why nature makes us happier, healthier, and more creative. We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kris...Show More

Epilogue: Presence

26:33 | Jul 12th, 2018

Kristen dials in from New Zealand to talk more about Presence. Plus, the ladies announce next week's book! We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. Visit our website: www.b...Show More

Presence

44:28 | Jul 5th, 2018

Kristen and Jolenta try to power pose their way to a better life with Amy Cuddy's Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges. Will standing like Wonder Woman boost their confidence and vanquish their inner imposters? Listen to fi...Show More

Epilogue: Zero Waste Home

26:54 | Jun 28th, 2018

Jolenta and Kristen discuss some very good points listeners brought up about Zero Waste Home. Plus, they announce next week's book!We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. ...Show More

Zero Waste Home

50:13 | Jun 21st, 2018

Jolenta and Kristen turn self-help into Earth-help with Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste by Bea Johnson. For the good of the planet, they ditch excess food packaging, straws, and plastic bags. They a...Show More

Epilogue: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

22:53 | Jun 14th, 2018

Kristen and Jolenta read listener mail and get some additional insight from a very special guest! Plus, they announce next week's book!We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookp...Show More

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

41:01 | Jun 7th, 2018

The ladies try to solve Kristen's mediation problem once and for all with Dan Harris's book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics. They learn how to meditate sitting down, standing up, and in front of the TV, despite the occasional interruption from Krist...Show More

Epilogue: You Are a Badass

23:51 | May 31st, 2018

Jolenta and Kristen read listener mail and chat more about their experience with You Are a Badass. Plus, they announce next week's book! We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bytheboo...Show More

You Are a Badass

43:34 | May 24th, 2018

Kristen and Jolenta live by You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. Will Jen's advice help them discover their true purpose in life? Will they learn to move past their BS and start kickin...Show More

Panoply Spring 2018 Trailer

06:34 | May 24th, 2018

Kristen and Cameron give a rundown of some other Panoply shows you might like!

Bonus Episode: Cameron Tells All

37:03 | May 10th, 2018

Kristen and Jolenta's favorite producer answers listener questions, reveals his production secrets, and weighs in on whether or not the show is too critical of straight white men. We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.f...Show More

Bonus Episode: Ask Us More Of Anything!

48:01 | Apr 26th, 2018

Once again, Kristen and Jolenta dive deep into the mailbag to answer all your burning questions!We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. Visit our website: www.bythebook.pa...Show More

Bonus Episode: The Husbands Speak...Again!

31:01 | Apr 12th, 2018

Another season, another chance for the husbands to tell their side of the story. From Brad and his hyggekrog to Dean and that infamous bathtub scene, the husbands look back on what unfolded during season 2 and answer some tough questions from listene...Show More

Bonus Episode: Season Two Wrap-up

34:52 | Mar 29th, 2018

Kristen and Jolenta rehash season two, book-by-book, and talk about which habits actually stuck. Are they still practicing positive self talk? Did Kristen ever overcome her fear of tarot cards? Listen to find out! We love hearing from you! Call us at...Show More

Epilogue: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

17:28 | Mar 15th, 2018

Jolenta and Kristen read listener mail and reflect on their experience living by The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. Plus, they share a big announcement! We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmei...Show More

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

46:48 | Mar 8th, 2018

Jolenta and Kristen live by Mark Manson's best seller, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.  Throughout the two weeks the ladies deal with failure, confront their own mortality, and try to give fewer f*cks.We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510...Show More

Epilogue: The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook

26:59 | Mar 1st, 2018

Jolenta and Kristen unpack their tarot experience from last week.  They hear form listeners about decks, scary cards, and ADHD.  And the ladies are joined by special guest Walt Hickey (Chief Culture Writer at the blog 538) to talk about the statistic...Show More

The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook

41:33 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Jolenta and Kristen tackle the New York Times bestseller, The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook, by Kim Krans. Along the way, they try to learn their major and minor arcanas, master the art of shuffling, and improve their lives by reading the car...Show More

Epilogue: The Five Love Languages

24:40 | Feb 15th, 2018

Listeners share their unique experiences and thoughts on "The Five Love Languages" with Kristen and Jolenta.We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. Visit our website: www....Show More

Epilogue: The Miracle Morning

24:21 | Jan 18th, 2018

Jolenta and Kristen discuss listener feedback after living by The Miracle Morning, and special guest Gretchen Rubin (author & host of the Happier podcast) stops by the studio to talk about how a "one size fits all" approach to sleep habits may not wo...Show More

The Miracle Morning

39:35 | Jan 11th, 2018

Jolenta and Kristen tackle one of their most frequently requested books: The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod. Will their mornings become miraculous? Will their lives be transforme...Show More

When Meghan Met Harry: What's The Deal With Royals and Divorce?

24:59 | Jan 9th, 2018

Nope, friends, your ears are not deceiving you. This is NOT an episode of By The Book. It's an episode of a new podcast, also cohosted by Kristen, called When Meghan Met Harry: A Royal Weddingcast. Cohosted by James Barr (Kristen's fabulous buddy in ...Show More

Epilogue: Why Good Things Happen to Good People

20:44 | Jan 4th, 2018

Jolenta and Kristen take a closer look at forgiveness, kind acts, and whether good things really do happen to good people. Plus, Kristen shares details about her new podcast, When Meghan Met Harry. And as always, Jolenta and Kristen announce next wee...Show More

Why Good Things Happen to Good People

45:08 | Dec 28th, 2017

It's been said that bad things happen to good people. But could it be that the opposite is true? Jolenta and Kristen attempt to find out, by following the rules of "Why Good Things Happen to Good People," by Stephen G. Post and Jill Neimark. Join the...Show More

Epilogue: The Little Book of Hygge

21:02 | Dec 21st, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen hear from listeners around the world about Hygge. The ladies also discuss their favorite Christmas movies, loneliness, and privilege. And as always, they announce next week's book!We love hearing from you! Call us at 505-510-BOOK,...Show More

The Little Book of Hygge

36:54 | Dec 14th, 2017

This week the ladies live by The Little Book of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) to learn all about the Danish art of being cozy.  Can you capture the essence of being warm in bed while it's snowing outside and feel that way all the time?  Jolenta and Kris...Show More

Epilogue: Bored and Brilliant

14:17 | Dec 7th, 2017

In the first epilogue of season two, Jolenta and Kristen talk about the new theme song and answer listener mail about Bored and Brilliant. After that, they make a few announcements, including the title of next week's book!We love hearing from you! Ca...Show More

Bored and Brilliant

40:11 | Nov 30th, 2017

Welcome to season two of By the Book! Jolenta and Kristen are kicking things off with the new book Bored and Brilliant, by Manoush Zomorodi. Join the ladies as they delete their favorite apps, commute without their phones, and even watch a pot of wat...Show More

Panoply Fall 2017 Trailer

03:33 | Nov 20th, 2017

We’re thrilled to present Panoply’s Fall 2017 lineup of shows. They include the satirical self-improvement show “Dexter Guff is Smarter Than You (And You Can Be Too),” the creepy paranormal series “Haunted,” “Family Ghosts,” in which people play dete...Show More

Bonus Episode: Live From Philly

24:12 | Nov 16th, 2017

Shortly after launching their first season of By The Book, the Philadelphia Podcast Festival invited Jolenta and Kristen to the Tracadero Balcony Bar to put on a live show. They accepted and had a blast! For those who couldn't make it (and those who ...Show More

Bonus Episode: Ask Us Anything

30:53 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen dive into the mailbag, addressing everything from how they met to their tips for surviving high school. We love hearing from you. Call us at 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panoply.fm, @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. And if ...Show More

Bonus Episode: The Husbands Speak

22:24 | Oct 19th, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen are joined in studio by two very special guests: Brad and Dean! The husbands spill the beans on everything from how they met the loves of their lives to which self-help books they hated most during season one. Plus they share the ...Show More

Bonus Episode: Season One Wrap-Up

36:32 | Oct 5th, 2017

By popular demand, Jolenta and Kristen look back at their first season of living By The Book - from the high points and habits that stuck to the harmful advice and bizarre pseudoscience.We love hearing from you. Call us 505-510-BOOK, bythebook@panopl...Show More

Epilogue: How to Write an Ebook in Less Than 7-14 Days That Will Make You Money Forever

11:39 | Sep 21st, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen give an update on their ebook sales and talk about life as published authors.  They also read some book reviews, take listener questions, and talk Season 2 plans! Do you have any questions about By the Book or for "the husbands?" ...Show More

How to Write an Ebook in Less Than 7-14 Days That Will Make You Money Forever

43:05 | Sep 14th, 2017

By popular demand, Jolenta and Kristen live by their first ebook. And what better ebook to live by than an ebook about how to write ebooks? Their selection: How to Write An Ebook in Less Than 7-14 Days That Will Make You Money Forever, by Darren Acke...Show More

Epilogue: Class with the Countess

18:01 | Sep 7th, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen discuss their most controversial episode yet, Class With The Countess. Helping them understand all that unfolded is Casey Wilson, host of the hugely popular Bitch Sesh podcast. They also read listener mail and announce next week's...Show More

Class with the Countess

33:14 | Aug 31st, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen attempt to curb their barnyard language by reading Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair by Luann de Lesseps (who you might know from The Real Housewives of New York). Share your story of living by this book...Show More

Epilogue: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

15:14 | Aug 24th, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen talk to Emily Rems, Managing Editor of Bust Magazine and co-host of Bust’s Pop-Tarts podcast, about the ridiculously antiquated gender roles of Men Are From Mars, Women are from Venus. They also read listener mail and announce nex...Show More

Epilogue: America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money

06:12 | Aug 10th, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen debrief on America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money. Along the way, they answer listener mail, discuss their hair, and ponder what a 401K is. And, of course, they announce their next book!What book do want Jolenta and...Show More

America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money

32:04 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Is saving more fun than spending? Jolenta and Kristen attempt to find out by following the rules of America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right On the Money, the guide to ultra-frugal living by homespun financial gurus Steve and Annette Economides. Have...Show More

Epilogue: Past Lives, Future Healing

07:40 | Jul 27th, 2017

Kristen and Jolenta are done time traveling, but they aren't done talking about their last book, Past Lives, Future Healing.  The ladies hear from a listener who has regressed to her own past life.  Also, they take some time to talk about how we view...Show More

Past Lives, Future Healing

36:34 | Jul 20th, 2017

Do you believe in past lives? If so, you're not alone. According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, a quarter of Americans believe in reincarnation. In this episode, Jolenta and Kristen attempt to find out what the 25% might know, by follo...Show More

Epilogue: The Memory Book

06:41 | Jul 13th, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen debrief on The Memory Book. Along they way, they answer listener questions about Kristen's logical book choices, Jolenta's killer memory, and Kristen's fever dreams. They also announce next week's book!Want to see By The Book live...Show More

The Memory Book

37:53 | Jul 6th, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen dive into The Memory Book, with the hopes of becoming memory geniuses in two weeks flat. Written by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas, the bestselling classic promises to help readers do everything from memorize lists to speak foreign...Show More

Epilogue: French Women Don't Get Fat

06:04 | Jun 29th, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen have recovered from living by French Women Don't Get Fat. Join the ladies as they read listener mail and talk about leeks some more. And of course, next week's book is announced!Also, if you or anyone you know is fighting food or ...Show More

French Women Don't Get Fat

40:19 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen put on their berets and live by Mireille Guiliano's French Women Don't Get Fat. The ladies experiment with leek soup, the benefits of champagne, and lots and lots of yogurt. Do French women really not get fat? We're about to find ...Show More

Epilogue: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

07:39 | Jun 15th, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen have a Kon Mari postmortem. Join the ladies as they discuss life after The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up. Did either of them regret throwing anything away? And what did By The Book listeners have to say about the book? Also: t...Show More

Epilogue: The Secret

07:04 | May 18th, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen have a Secret postmortem. Join the ladies as they hear from listeners, give post-Secret updates, discuss Kristen's husband's popularity, and get ready for their next self-help book.We want to hear from you! Reach out at 505-510-BO...Show More

Update!

02:14 | Apr 20th, 2017

Jolenta and Kristen have a big announcement.

Trailer

01:20 | Mar 17th, 2017

By the Book is half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. Join comedian Jolenta Greenberg and her skeptical friend Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each week to figure out which o...Show More