04 August 2016

How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly's Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life by Heather Havrilesky

Summary from Goodreads:
Should you quit your day job to follow your dreams? How do you rein in an overbearing mother? Will you ever stop dating wishy-washy, noncommittal guys? Should you put off having a baby for your career?

Heather Havrilesky, the author of the weekly advice column Ask Polly, featured on New York magazine’s The Cut, is here to guide you through the “what if’s” and “I don’t knows” of modern life with the signature wisdom and tough love her readers have come to expect.

How to Be a Person in the World is a collection of never-before-published material along with a few fan favorites. Whether she’s responding to cheaters or loners, lovers or haters, the depressed or the down-and-out, Havrilesky writes with equal parts grace, humor, and compassion to remind you that even in your darkest moments you’re not alone.

Not quite as awesome as Tiny Beautiful Things from the Dear Sugar columns (I 💖 Cheryl Strayed), but How to Be a Person in the World is definitely a solid collection of advice columns.  The Ask Polly tone is much less supportive Den Mom (Dear Sugar tone) and more Here is Some Common Sense.  A good summer read. (And I do hope that the people who wrote in basically asking for permission to cheat on their partners got dumped. What tools.  And that's basically the Ask Polly line.)

Dear FTC: I bought my copy of this book.

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