Self-help books have a reputation for lameness, but you won’t be embarrassed if you get caught reading one of these badass titles. In addition to dropping four-letter words, the authors of these books counsel you like longtime friends, not patronizing experts (though many of them have the academic degrees to back up their advice). What’s more, they tackle problems you deal with in the real world and offer immediately applicable tools and tactics to make life a little easier on yourself. So what are you waiting for? Pick one up and start your transformation today.