Ask Polly's Guide to Your Next Crisis

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“Every crisis has a message for you, if you look for it. Every crisis carries with it some kind of a gift that will make you feel more whole.” From beloved advice-columnist Heather Havrilesky comes a new collection of treasured questions and answers for those of us who have a crisis looming, who are still looking to find our joy, and who are hiding from injustice and doubt.  

Why doesn’t anything feel fun? Am I too anxious to ever find love? Why won’t my former friends forgive me? And, why should I keep going? To all of these questions and more, Havrilesky offers her customary wit, grace, candor, and wisdom. These are the pep talks we all need to hear to lay our egos aside and draw on the strengths we didn’t know we had.  

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Heather Havrilesky is the author of the How to Be a Person in the World and the memoir Disaster Preparedness. She has written for New York magazine, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles TimesThe New York Times MagazineBookforum, The New Yorker, NPR's All Things Considered, and several anthologies. She was a TV critic at Salon for seven years. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a loud assortment of dependents, most of them nondeductible.
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Vintage
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Published on
Feb 13, 2017
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Pages
24
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ISBN
9780525435174
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English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Love & Romance
Self-Help / Emotions
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Success
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