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

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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.

Title : How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly's Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life
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ISBN : 0385540396
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Meghan rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 22, 2016

I was hoping for insight, warmth, compassion à la Cheryl Strayed of Dear Sugar. But this is not Tiny Beautiful Things. This is all the hashtags: #whitegirlproblems #firstworldproblems #millennialproblems. The funny thing is that I embody all those hashtags too. I should have loved this. I should h...

Diane rated it ★★★★★

October 17, 2016

I lovedlovedloved this collection of advice columns from Ask Polly, who I admit I hadn't heard of before this book was published. Heather Havrilesky, who is the author behind the weekly column, uses stories from her own life, tough talk and a fair number of swear words to make her point to reader...

Julie rated it ★★★☆☆

August 01, 2016

I'm an irregular reader of Heather Havrilesky's "Ask Polly" column on the New York magazine website, but I've always admired the advice she gives, so I was excited to read How to Be a Person in the World. The obvious comparison is with Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things, but Havrilesky's writ...

Kathleen rated it ★★★★☆

July 06, 2016

My review for the Chicago Tribune: The title of Heather Havrilesky's "How to Be a Person in the World" is almost too cute — too self-consciously direct and simplistic. Like: do we really need a guide to that, and is that really what this is? But it turns out the answers are yes, actually, and yes...

Bam rated it ★★★★☆

August 04, 2016

I received a Chatterbox gift box with a copy of this book from Doubleday along with several fun gifts. Many thanks to the publisher! Heather Havrilesky is the author of the advice column 'Ask Polly' which has appeared in New York magazine's The Cut; this book is a compendium of some here-to-fore u...

Hope rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 26, 2016

I did not finish this book. I gave it an honest shot, I made it half way through, but I just felt that a lot of Heather's points of views on things vary on how I feel about those same things. I glimpsed through the rest of the book and didn't even regret the decision to not finish this. I just fe...

Krysten rated it ★★★☆☆

December 06, 2016

-I have no experience with Ask Polly outside of this book. I think I heard about it on Twitter? -The title is very good. -A lot of the advice is very good. -The responses are way too long. -Even when the responses were very good they were way too long. -I take serious issue with her saying that on...

debra rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 02, 2016

FFTMOI (fast forward through most of it) Thought it was going to be more like-"Is it ok to...?" etc.- it was mostly "How do I become a different person or achieve happiness....?" There were a couple of- "Do I invite my prettier than me sister and her new boyfriend to my wedding, and have her stea...

Halley rated it ★★★★★

August 03, 2016

Everybody should go ahead and read this book, is one wildly unbiased opinion.

Abbie rated it ★★★★★

March 22, 2016

Heather Havrilesky is that brutally honest best friend who cares about you, but is also not afraid to offend you. With a fresh, sassy voice she delivers punch-you-in-the-gut truths that are the definition of tough love. However, there’s an empathy behind her advice, spoken from her own experience...

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