S.H.E. Book Reviews
Home Executives (revised and updated edition)
(Warner 2001) ~New!
awaited by S.H.E.™ fans throughout the world, the "revised and
updated" publication of Sidetracked
Home Executives remains a familiar friend. Everything old is new
again: nearly all of the book is a page-by-page reprint of the 1981
sisters' first book, S.H.E.™ outlines the 3-by-5 cardfile system to move
from "pigpen to paradise". Written at the end of the '70s, this
is definitely a "Becky Home Ec-ky" presentation, but it contains
the best description of the classic S.H.E. cardfile system.
Readers learn to corral household management, clutter control, and
cleaning using a 3-by-5 tickler system.
The Sidetracked Sisters' Happiness File
( Warner 1985, 2012).
The Happiness File (or HF to
S.H.E. diehards) shows how to use the basic
S.H.E. cardfile to achieve personal growth. A month-by-month guide focuses on
different areas for growth and order--and many S.H.E.s believe this is their best book.
The Sidetracked Sisters Catch-up on the Kitchen
(out of print; Warner 1983)
A kitchen book, companion to S.H.E.. The kitchen book is out of print, and it's
not quite the blockbuster for the terminally sidetracked that S.H.E. was. Still, it
provides a way out of messy, disorganized kitchens and pantries, and offers help for menu
planning and meal prep. Look for it at public libraries or used book
I'm Okay--But You Have A Lot Of Work To Do
(available only from P&P; Permanent Press
Self-published, and it
shows, I'm OK outlines P&P's method
for family cooperation. Only available through the official S.H.E.
site and largely republished as GYAT, don't waste your time on this one
unless you're truly
Get Your Act
Together: A 7-Day Get-Organized Program for the Overworked,
Overbooked and Overwhelmed
(Harper Collins 1993).
GYAT is a streamlined version of the Sisters' earlier works.
It introduces a stripped-down version of the cardfile, touches on some of the
Happiness File concepts,
and reprints much of the earlier "I'm OK" book. Some readers like the S.H.E. Lite treatment, others find it
doesn't work for really stubborn Sidetrackers.
The Phony Gourmet
(available only from P&P; HarperCollins, 1995)
convenience foods doctored with other common convenience foods are the
staple product of P&P's first fling with a cookbook. Includes
such "gourmet" tricks as "Aroma Only"--a method of
making the house smell as if you'd been cooking all day. Involving
Bisquick and "frozen garbage", we'll spare you the
remainder of the embarrassing details.
P&P have published six books; two are out of print, while two others
can only be purchased from the official S.H.E. Web site:
Books in print may be ordered at a discount through Amazon.com.
Look for out-of-print books through E-bay or online used
Home Executives, Young and Jones, 1978;
Home Executives, revised edition
published February 2001.
- The Sidetracked Sisters' Happiness File, 1985;
- Get Your Act Together! : A 7-Day Get-Organized Program for the Overworked,
Overbooked, and Overwhelmed, 1993.
- The Sidetracked Sisters Catch-Up on the Kitchen, 1983; revised 2001;
(out of print)
- I'm OK---But You've Got A Lot of Work To Do, 1988;
(available only from S.H.E. Web site)
- The Phony Gourmet,
(available only from S.H.E. Web site).