I grew up with Dear Abby, and that started my love of advice columns. While I don’t read advice columns every day in the newspaper anymore, I’m partial to Ask Polly. It’s a sort of existential advice column, not quite as sweet as Dear Sugar, but it’s intensely empathetic. Covering such topics as friends, romantic relationships, career, and getting your shit together personally, Polly’s voice is sometimes profane and deeply sympathetic. It’s like therapy or self-help from someone who’s been in the trenches, and it’s honest.It’s a book that I dipped in and out of, and it made me cry in parts and yell, “Hell, yes!” in parts. I’m buying this book for lots of people.
How to Be a Person in the World by Heather Havrilesky
Doubleday, July 2016
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher.