How to be a person in the world is written by a popular advice columnist, Heather Havrilesky, whose advice column is called Ask Polly.
I picked out the book because it was featured in Cosmopolitan a while ago and I figured it would probably be an ok read. The book is structured in an advice column-typed way. People must have emailed questions and she answered them for the book. It sounds weird, but it was kind of interesting if you’re interested in intelligent / thoughtful sounding advice about life (side note: no one said you have to take the advice if it doesn’t suit you).
It’s an awesome book for people who are struggling with choices, life changes, insecurities (e.g. career changes, relationships, that sort of thing). If you’ve fully got your shit together, then this book might not be your thing, but I’m starting to think adults never have their shit 100% together so it’s worth a read if you want perspective on situations that you might relate to.
Personally, I thought it was really good for gaining insights and such. I could see myself pondering about it for a little while and taking away a few things from it. That said, I definitely glossed over a few of the Q/A’s because I was like “this part has absolutely 0 interest for me”. I could definitely see it not being the right book for a lot of people and would probably suggest that most people just pick it up at a library or borrow it from a friend instead of spending a bunch of money on it, but that’s just my opinion. It would entirely depend if this is your “type” of book, so do with that what you will.
Title: How To Be A Person In The World: Ask Polly’s guide through the paradoxes of modern life
Author: Heather Havrilesky
Publication date: July 12, 2016
Page count: 272
Genre: self-help / lifestyle