Re: Self-Help Books .... Uh, No. Not Now.
It's a mom thing. Moms HAVE to fix it, even when they can't actually fix it.
When I first developed a chronic illness, my mother LOVED buying me books, sending me articles, anything at all to fix me. She couldn't bear the thought that I couldn't be fixed. Sometimes I laughed off her behavior, sometimes it hurt me deeply. For now, we get by. We can't always talk comfortably about my problems, but at least I've managed to stop her trying to fix me.
Skim the book, read a few pages. The next time your mother asks about the book, say, "Thank you for buying it for me. I'm looking into some options to improve my situation, and I'd especially appreciate it if you have any practical advice about improving my finances or finding a new job."