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Jess Lair


  Male      American      Author



About Author

Jess Lair is Author. He was born: 1927, Died: February 24, 2000, Bozeman, Montana, United States
Books: No Soy Gran Cosa Pero Soy Todo Lo Que Tengo, more.

Jess Lair, a former Montana State University professor who wrote a bestselling book considered the forerunner of the self-help movement, died of heart failure Thursday at his home in Bozeman. He was 73.

Lair’s first book published in 1973, “I Ain’t Much, Baby - But I’m All I’ve Got,” became a hit for its simple, nonacademic discussion of self-esteem and life choices. Tidbits like “Joy is not in things - it is in us,” were sprinkled throughout his writing.

“I Ain’t Much …” soon made The New York Times bestseller list, selling 3 million copies. It’s still in print today and is in Amazon.com’s top 50 bestsellers for self-help books.

Lair went on to write six other self-help books, several with his wife, Jacqueline Carey Lair, as co-author. On Thursday, friends and family remembered Lair as a man who practiced what he preached and enjoyed life...


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