How to Be a Person in the World

  • by Heather Havrilesky
  • Narrated by Heather Havrilesky
  • 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 in New York magazine's The Cut, is here to guide you through the "what ifs" 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.


What the Critics Say

"What I love so much about Heather Havrilesky and her new book is that, beside being her usual brilliant, hilarious, equally kick-ass and compassionate self, she actually gives great advice. How to be a Person in the World will change your life, for the way better." (Anne Lamott, New York Times best-selling author of Small Victories)
"Heather Havrilesky is that rare writer who can dish out tangy snark but never fails to aim the knife back at her own damaged, hilarious heart. She's dealing, brilliantly, with the curse of having too much insight - into herself and the world around her. Required reading." (Patton Oswalt, New York Times best-selling author of Silver Screen Fiend)
"Sometimes I think Heather Havrilesky's Ask Polly column is the only true thing on the Internet. Week after week, while everyone else parrots and postures, she addresses the foibles and ennui of strangers, bucking up someone here, giving a kick in the pants there. Along the way, she offers up a slyly powerful critique of the ways in which culture shapes the individual. How to Be a Person in the World distills her salty, expansive wisdom into a guide for better living that's both pragmatic and philosophical, a large-hearted reminder that all of us are struggling, and none of us are alone." (Kate Bolick, author of the national best seller Spinster)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


I loved the selection of questions chosen chosen for this book. Also love when an author narrates her own book! It was a little disappointing that this was just a compilation of her columns but I still couldn't stop listening and breezed through this book.
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- T.B.

maybe this just isn't my genre & I'm too harsh

Maybe this just isn't my genre & I'm being too harsh, but I did not enjoy this. I felt like the author was just pushing an agenda more than giving sound advice. I hope others enjoy it!
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- Ben

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio