In terms of quantity and breadth, this might be the mother of all books on book recommendations. Quality of the recommendations likely lies in the eye of the beholder, although there has to be something in here for everyone, just from a statistical point o view.
This is a reference of maladies; everything from going off the rails, to giving birth, to children, under pressure to have. Each entry (and they are legion) has a t least one book recommendation, if not an entire list (see: turning forty-something, books on); some with commentary, some without - presumably because their inclusion is obvious. There are also occasional sets about book collecting, b book lending, over-coming an over-hyped book, finding your book identity and so on.
This is NOT a book to be tackled all at once or even cover to cover over a long period of time. This is a true reference for those times when you need a book that is a match for your mood, or just desperate for inspiration.
This is not a book for people trying to combat their TBR piles - but I'm telling you about it anyway.