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What If This Were Enough? By the author of the New York Times Love and Relationships bestseller How to Be a Person in the World,an impassioned and inspiring collection about the expectations of modern life and the sweet imperfections of the everydayHeather Havrilesky s writing has been called whip smart and profanely funny Entertainment Weekly and required reading for all humans Celeste Ng In her work for New York, The Baffler, The New York Times Magazine,and The Atlantic,as well as in her advice column for The Cut, Ask Polly, she dispenses a singular, cutting wisdom an ability to inspire, provoke, and put a name to our most insidious cultural delusions What If This Were Enoughis a mantra and a clarion call In its chapters many of them original to the book, others expanded from their initial publication Havrilesky takes on those cultural forces that shape us From the enforced cheer of American life to the celebration of survivalism, from the allure of materialism to our misunderstandings of romance and success, Havrilesky deconstructs some of the most poisonous and misleading messages we ingest today, all the while suggesting new ways we might navigate our increasingly bewildering worldThrough her incisive and witty inquiries, Havrilesky emphasizes the importance of locating the miraculous within the mundane In these timely, provocative, and often hilarious chapters, she urges readers to embrace the flawed to connect with what already is, who we already are, what we already have She asks us to consider What if this were enough Our salvation, Havrilesky asserts, can be found right here, right now, in this imperfect moment

10 thoughts on “What If This Were Enough?

  1. Kristy K Kristy K says:

    3.5 StarsHavrilesky s aptly named book of essays examines and critiques materialism, consumption, and our obsession with consumerism and the pursuit of happiness Pulling largely from pop culture and current trends and fads, she delves into the world of foodies, 50 Shades, Disneyland, The Sopranos, romance, and so muchEach essay is strong in their own right and collectively they make a small tome that packs a punch and causes

  2. David Yoon David Yoon says:

    I ve been a fan of Heather Havrilesky since the prehistoric days of the internet when she was writing for An ancient past when my pre work routine would consist of reading long form stories called blogs, back when paragraphs weren t so intimidating Thankfully our modern era, sensitive to our time constraints, has since concentrated my mornings to scrolling memes, instagram pics and 140 character tweets Heather is smar

  3. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    Heather Havrilesky is an advice columnist and also known for her previous memoir, How to be a Person in the World The essays are a mixture of advice for living and pop culture, sometimes in strange combinations One compares Selin in The Idiot by Elif Batuman to Mozart, which I didn t really think worked all that well, and I ve read a lot about Mozart and loved The Idiot As per usual with this kind of book, some of it didn t int

  4. Renata Renata says:

    DNF after a few chapters I was willing to give this a chance after her weird library Twitter kerfuffle I do generally like Ask Polly but the first few essays were soo very remember what it was like before we all used our PHONES so much that I felt free to just nope on out of this and return it to the library from whence it came the last essay I read before I quit was about how she used to be very grumpy about the concept of Disn

  5. Alexandra Alexandra says:

    I was so excited for this but in the end I couldn t even finish it I felt like I got permission after the author s bizarre anti library comments on twitter I get that wasn t the point she was trying to make, but much like this book, it came across convoluted, entitled, and annoying I didn t even finish the last quarter, I couldn t do it.

  6. Sarah Sarah says:

    3.5 rounded upAn overall incredibly solid collection of essays, focusing mainly on pop culture celebrity, tv, books and movies and the author s life mostly revolving around her family.The pop culture essays remind me at times of the better essays in They Can t Kill Us Until They Kill Us Havrilesky covers topics as wide ranging as The Sopranos, Elif Batuman s The Idiot, Girls, Entourage and Marie Kondo While the essays were a littl

  7. Charly Charly says:

    Last night, after watching the first episode of Babylon Berlin, I fell asleep to the police scanner.A spurned ex, also a sex offender, had abducted and blown a bullet through the brain of a University of Utah student and dumped her body in a parking lot.I work at the University of Utah.My brother goes to the University, and texted me the alerts from New Orleans.Heather Havrilesky understands this cultural moment the way that, at it

  8. Jessie Jessie says:

    While I really enjoyed Heather Havrilesky s last book of essays, this one left me scratching my head as to what the point of these essays was supposed to be The book s jacket informs us that many of the essays have been expanded, so that might be the first major problem, as many of these essays go on too long and often deviate from the main topic The title of this book led me to believe the essays would be focusing on beingappreciat

  9. Angela Pineda Angela Pineda says:

    1.5 stars that I ll round up because it takes A LOT for me to give a book one star Reading this I wondered if essay books aren t for me since this is the second one this year I ve immensely disliked. but then I remembered how much I loved Not That Bad by Roxanne Gay and I realized that this book is just bad The author sounds entitled and elitist She was also really annoying.I read this book because it was my book club s November pick

  10. Emma Emma says:

    I really enjoy Havrilesky s advice column and was surprised to find myself feeling lukewarm to most of the essays in this collection These range from memoirs to self help, which made the collection feel a bit unorganized at times.

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