Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much

By Faith Salie
From comedian and journalist Faith Salie, of NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! "and "CBS News Sunday Morning," a collection of humorous 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, embarking on a spiritual retreat 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 ), in My Summer Fling With Bill O Reilly, Salie attempts to win over Bill O Reilly during their interview ( Papa Bear probably didn t think he could love a girl like me, but I was going to prove him wrong in front of a bunch of white people who like guns. ) 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 ) and in Wait, Wait, Don t Tell Me About Batman s Nipples she reveals the secret to her hilarious jokes on "Wait Wait Don t Tell Me!" ( I study for this show like Tracy Flick on Adderall ).
With thoughtful irreverence, Salie reflects on why it is she tries so hard to please others, and especially herself, highlighting a phenomenon that many people--especially women-- experience at home and in the work place. Equal parts laugh-out loud funny and poignant, "Approval Junkie" is one woman s journey to the realization 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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ISBN: 9780553419931

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Publisher Crown Archetype
Publish date 04/19/2016
Pages 272
ISBN-13 9780553419931
ISBN-10 0553419935
Language English

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