Asking for a Friend (Digital Audiobook)
Three Centuries of Advice on Life, Love, Money, and Other Burning Questions from a Nation Obsessed
Publication Date: April 2, 2018
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A delightful history of Americans' obsession with advice--from Poor Richard to Dr. Spock to Miss Manners
Americans, for all our talk of pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps, obsessively seek advice on matters large and small. Perhaps precisely because we believe in bettering ourselves and our circumstances in life, we ask for guidance constantly. And this has been true since our nation's earliest days: from the colonial era on, there have always been people eager to step up and offer advice, some of it lousy, some of it thoughtful, but all of it read and debated by generations of Americans.
Jessica Weisberg takes readers on a tour of the advice-givers who have made their names, and sometimes their fortunes, by telling Americans what to do. You probably don't want to follow all the advice they proffered. Eating graham crackers will not make you a better person, and wearing blue to work won't guarantee a promotion. But for all that has changed in American life, it's a comfort to know that our hang-ups, fears, and hopes have not. We've always loved seeking advice--so long as it's anonymous, and as long as it's clear that we're not asking for ourselves; we're just asking for a friend.
About the Author
Jessica Weisberg's writing has been published in the New Yorker, Harper's, New York Times, Elle, Atavist, Guardian, and many other publications. She is nominated for an Emmy for her work as supervising producer at Vice News Tonight on HBO; previously, she was a producer on the award-winning podcast, Serial. She graduated from Brown University and lives in Brooklyn.