Heather Havrilesky


Heather Havrilesky is the author of How to Be a Person in the World and Disaster Preparedness. She is the Ask Polly advice columnist for New York magazine and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine , the Los Angeles Times, and NPR’s All Things Considered along with several anthologies. She was a TV critic at Salon for seven years. She lives in Los Angeles, California with a loud assortment of dependents, most of them nondeductible.



How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly's Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life

Should you quit your day job to follow your dreams? Will you ever stop dating wishy-washy, noncommittal types? How can you learn to accept your flaws as a human being instead of torturing yourself over every choice you make?

Heather Havrilesky of New York magazine’s "Ask Polly" advice column is here to guide you through the “what ifs” and “I don’t knows” of modern life with the signature wisdom and tough love her readers have come to expect. How to Be a Person in the World is a collection of never-before-published material along with a few fan favorites. Whether she’s responding to cheaters or loners, lovers or haters, the anxious or the down-and-out, Havrilesky writes with equal parts grace, humor, and compassion to remind you that even in your darkest moments you’re not alone.

Disaster Preparedness