How to be a Person in the World

Finished How to be a Person in the World by Heather Havrilesky.  This book is a collection of Dear Polly columns.

Summary (from Goodreads):

A collection of original, impassioned, and inspiring letters by the author of the popular advice column Ask Polly

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.”

Ever since I read Tiny Beautiful Things, I have loved reading collections of advice columns.  (Okay, to be fair, I have always loved advice columns.  But Cheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar made me not be ashamed of it anymore.)

While not quite on that level, there is a lot to love here.  If at lease one of these letters doesn’t apply to you, I’m not sure I’d want to know you.  And I think we can all relate over not knowing how to make friends or date or stop dating or whether to stay in our job or not or whether to have a baby or not.  We are all bundles of indecision and we all want someone smarter than we are to take our hand and tell us that it will all be okay.  Especially if we just follow these simple steps.

And Heather Havrilesky is hilarious and her advice seems to be dead-on.  I will let you know for sure after I start following the ones that apply to me.



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