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'How to Be a Person in the World' by Heather Havrilesky: EW review

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

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
65634
publisher:
Doubleday
genre:
Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

Havrilesky, a longtime Salon TV critic–turned–advice columnist, has found a devoted online audience for her Ask Polly alter ego’s talky, intimate treatises—or as she calls them, “my awkward, angry, uplifting, uncertain, joyful, clumsy words (half of which are still ‘f—’).” How to Be a Person brings together unpublished bits and greatest hits that showcase her gifts as a writer. At her best, she is part Buddha and part Amy Schumer: wise, whip-smart, and profanely funny. Less dynamic, though, are Polly’s askers; overwhelmingly young creative types living in large coastal cities and struggling with romantic self-doubt or career ennui, they mostly seem interested in How to Solve a First-World Problem. Someday, hopefully, Personhood will follow. B+

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