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

How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly's Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern LifeHavrilesky, a longtime Salon TV critic–turned–advice columnist, has found a devoted online audience for her Ask...How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly's Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern LifeNonfictionHavrilesky, a longtime Salon TV critic–turned–advice columnist, has found a devoted online audience for her Ask...2016-07-15Doubleday
B+

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

Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Heather Havrilesky; Publisher: Doubleday

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 How to Be a Person brings together unpublished bits and greatest hits that showcase her gifts as a writer.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+