My first book, Poe for Your Problems: Uncommon Advice from History's Least Likely Self-Help Guru, came out from Hachette in 2021.
In 2022, it was a finalist for the Library of Virginia's People's Choice Award, and won the International Poe Festival's Saturday "Visiter" Award.
The critics are ravin'...
“I loved this! A book Poe himself might’ve written: fun, dangerous, a little dark, semi-autobiographical, ambitious but not pompous, and funny and outrageous!”
―Steve Hely, producer of THE OFFICE, 30 ROCK, and VEEP, author of HOW I BECAME A FAMOUS NOVELIST
“Books about people’s successes are common. Books where you can learn from someone’s painful demons and failures are rarer—but far more meaningful. Cat's writing on Poe is insightful, funny and important.”
―Ryan Holiday, author of THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY
"Imagine The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People―set in a Stephen King novel. This is my favorite self-help book written with a horror backdrop."
―Chris Guillebeau, author of THE ART OF NON-CONFORMITY and THE $100 STARTUP
“This is more like an anti-self-help book, a guide to accepting yourself for the substance-abusing, sexually suspect fuckup you already are; a how-to for cultivating grudges, nurturing petty jealousies and vendettas, scheming the destruction of your enemies and indulging delusions of grandeur. I endorse this.”
―Tim Kreider, author of I WROTE THIS BOOK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU and WE LEARN NOTHING
“Fresh, page-turning, deeply informed and often funny, Catherine Baab-Muguira’s Poe for Your Problems brings us a sorely overdue Poe-meets-modernity perspective that won’t simply make its readers happier but smarter and even saner, too.”
―Alan Pell Crawford, author of HOW NOT TO GET RICH: THE FINANCIAL MISADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN
“Beautifully written, funny, clever and wise, Poe for Your Problems shines brightly despite its dark subject matter.”
—John Reeves, author of A FIRE IN THE WILDERNESS: THE FIRST BATTLE BETWEEN ULYSSES S. GRANT AND ROBERT E. LEE
"It turns out that the author of 'The Cask of Amontillado' is the perfect therapist for folks who've been walled up indoors for 18 months."
—Ron Charles, THE WASHINGTON POST
“On the surface, it is something of a self-help satire, mining Poe’s difficult life to make readers feel better about theirs. Scratch that surface, though, and you find a deeper, more profound purpose… a book that is witty yet weighty, designed to provide smiles but also a lift.”
—Bill Lohman, THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH
“Hilarious and honestly helpful... If you want to read this book purely as a parody of typical self-help fare, you can totally do that and have a great time. But you might notice as you read that you’re actually ingesting some good advice from an unlikely source.”
—Leah Schnelbach, TOR.COM
“There is something irresistible about the notion that the Master of the Macabre was the 19th century’s answer to Ann Landers — especially when the chapters have such mock-earnest titles as ‘Embracing Your Inner Neurotic’; ‘Pathological Mate Selection’ and ‘How to Conduct Yourself in a Feud.’ Bet you just laughed.”
—Mary McCauley, THE BALTIMORE SUN