Adventures in Caring Too Much
On Sale: April 19, 2016
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Humor | Non-Fiction
From comedian and journalist Faith Salie, of NPR's
Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday
Morning, a collection of daring, funny essays
chronicling the author's adventures during her lifelong
quest for approval
Faith Salie has done it all in the name of validation.
Whether it’s trying to impress her parents with a perfect
GPA, undergoing an exorcism in the hopes of saving her
toxic marriage, or maintaining the BMI of “a flapper with a
touch of dysentery,” Salie is the ultimate approval
seeker—an “approval junkie,” if you will.
In “Miss Aphrodite,” she recounts her strategy for winning
the high school beauty pageant. (“Not to brag or anything,
but no one stood a chance against my emaciated, spastic
resolve.”) “What I Wore to My Divorce” describes Salie’s
struggle to pick the perfect outfit to wear to the
courthouse to divorce her “wasband.” (“I envisioned a look
that said, ‘Yo, THIS is what you’ll be missing…even though
you’ve introduced your new girlfriend to our mutual friends,
and she’s a decade younger than I am and is also a fit
model.”) In "Ovary Achiever," she shares tips on how to ace
your egg retrieval. (“Thank your fertility doctor when she
announces you have ‘amazing ovaries.’ Try to be humble about
it [‘Oh,these old things?’].”)
And in “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me About Batman’s Nipples”
she reveals the secrets behind Wait Wait…Don’t Tell
Me! (“I study for this show like Tracy Flick on Adderall”).
With thoughtful irreverence, Salie reflects on why she tries
so hard to please others, and herself, highlighting a
phenomenon that many people—especially women—experience at
home and in the workplace. Equal parts laugh-out loud funny
and poignant, Approval Junkie is one woman’s journey
to realizing that seeking approval from others is more than
just getting them to like you—it's challenging yourself to
achieve, and survive, more than you ever thought you could.
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