Megan Harlan
October 24, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Back On Track: How to Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You a Curve

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In Season
Deborah Norville
Self-Help and Psychology

We gave it an B+

Anyone who’s ever hated Deborah Norville — labeled by many as the scheming ”other woman” in Jane Pauley’s 1991 Today exit — might reconsider their venom after reading this book. Norville’s confessions of her own subsequent unemployment, career implosion (”from Golden Girl to goat”), and crippling depression are both candid and goofily chatty. But this, disappointingly, is no finger-pointing tell-all; it’s literally a self-help book on dealing with crisis, complete with case studies and I’ve-been-there-honey pep talks. Throughout, Norville comes across as nice, hardworking, and so proud of her comeback (she currently hosts Inside Edition) that she just can’t stop giving out advice. B-

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