What If This Were Enough?

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 everyday. Heather Havrilesky's writing has been called "whip-smart and profanely funny" (Entertainment Weekly) and "required reading for all humans" (Celeste N By the author of the New York Times Love and Relationships bestseller How to Be a Person in the World, an impassione...

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Title:What If This Were Enough?
Author:Heather Havrilesky
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:What If This Were Enough?: Essays
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

What If This Were Enough? Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Oct 19, 2018
    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 d...
  • Renata
    Nov 05, 2018
    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...
  • Lisa
    Oct 19, 2018
    I can?t afford to buy this book, so I had to DNF it. ...
  • Clara
    Sep 14, 2018
    I ?discovered? Heather Havrilesky through her ?Ask Polly? column in The Cut. Her new book of essays, What If This Were Enough?, displays the same smart, thoughtful perspective that makes ?Ask Polly? so compelling. As a unifying thread, Havrilesky explores the cultural me...
  • Kara
    Jan 02, 2019
    Stopped in ?the land of heroic villains? ...
  • jeremy
    Oct 12, 2018
    everything cheerful seems to have an ominous shadow looming behind it now. the smallest images and bits of news can feel so invasive, so frightening. they erode our belief in what the world can and should be. heather havrilesky's what if this were enough? collects 19 essays, mingling ...
  • Alena
    Dec 08, 2018
    A book about never being happy, satisfied, or willing to believe you are enough. For the author, Disney is depressing - but she goes to Disneyland. Romantic love is an illusion - but she?s married. This book is exhausting and full of grievances and I only survived three chapters. I?...
  • Charly
    Oct 21, 2018
    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...
  • Lexi Wright
    Nov 12, 2018
    I was two-thirds done with my library copy, when I found a sizable crumb in the gutter as if it were some potent marginalia. I thought, "Thank god someone else has read this." Reading this felt like holding a mirror up to my face and finally feeling at peace with the muddle looking ...
  • Katelyn
    Nov 28, 2018
    3.5 stars. Some of these essays are 4-5 stars and some I skipped completely (mostly because I don't watch TV, which features prominently in some). This book of essays is worth dipping into and skipping around in. Wow, Havrilesky makes some powerful points about the speed at which we...
  • Nyssa
    Jan 15, 2019
    I wanted to love this book because I adore Heather and her advice column and her willingness to encourage all humans to embrace their imperfections. But this is not Heather's advice column. These are essays. They didn't always land. Some of them were emotional and some of them seemed l...
  • Christopher Farnsworth
    Oct 13, 2018
    Reading this collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, I had the same feeling as when I read Carolyn See's MAKING HISTORY or when I first heard Patton Oswalt. I saw someone saying what I thought and felt, but expressing it better than I ever had, or could. ...
  • Maggie
    Nov 27, 2018
    I was drawn to this because of the title and because I occasionally read Ask Polly columns. I think the theme of this collection of essays is really interesting and worthwhile, but I'm not sure if the individual essays really struck that chord with me. There were a lot of passages I hi...
  • Sarah
    Jan 01, 2019
    3.5 rounded up An 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 U...
  • Perceptive
    Oct 18, 2018
    "Havrilesky takes on those cultural forces that shape us" but she has no idea libraries are under siege? This is why Trump won, Heather. Don't worry, I won't get your book at the library. Because I'm not buying it, period. ...
  • David Yoon
    Nov 23, 2018
    I've been a fan of Heather Havrilesky since the prehistoric days of the internet when she was writing for Suck.com. 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,...
  • Donna
    Nov 23, 2018
    The author's book of essays about pop culture and today's society and how we need to get some perspective on what is truly important. As with most books of essays, there were some I liked and some I didn't. The things I took out of it could be summed up as: We don't need so much stu...
  • James (JD) Dittes
    Nov 23, 2018
    This is one of the best books of 2018 by a brilliant American woman. I found so much to like in this book. I even ended up re-reading three or four chapters out loud to my wife, who was similarly impressed. There is much that is quotable, and even more that is insightful. Conside...
  • Lisa Carr
    Jan 21, 2019
    Nothing is beyond scrutiny in this book. Some of it I was ready to let go of -Disneyland chaos, 50 Shades of Grey twistedness. But Havrilesky also challenges our infatuations with Marie Kondo, Mad Men, the Pioneer Woman, and foodie culture. Uh oh. And yet, I hear her. I need her perspe...
  • Julie
    Oct 20, 2018
    This book is truly delightful. It is a series of stand-alone essays. At first, they seem a bit repetitive, but over the course of the book they branch out a bit. The overarching theme is that our society is organized into a superficially sunny facade, which is also built on the message...
  • Alexandra
    Oct 19, 2018
    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. ...
  • Atiya
    Dec 08, 2018
    So, a few things, this lady is very smart and erudite and can make beautiful connections in America's moral decline linked to everything from Mad Men to self help gurus to exercise moms BUT she does say some insensitive things that make NO sense. Like "Having kids is like being in the ...
  • Ynna
    Oct 15, 2018
    Heather Havrilesky's collection of essays explores millennial culture in a way that did not make me roll my eyes. A lot of these essay topics I've seen before, particularly "Delusion at the Gastropub," about foodie culture (such a good title right?) but Havrilesky's take on them was re...
  • Timothy Haggerty
    Nov 04, 2018
    Well worth the read. I saw the title and I was sure I had to read it. I had been thinking about the same thing for a few days. I always wonder what it's all about. There are some very good insights and criticism at social media, TV and direction of our culture that rang true to this...
  • Jessie Hausmann
    Dec 17, 2018
    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 th...
  • Joe Hill
    Jan 14, 2019
    I tried to slog thru another essay. You?d think I could easily sift thru one a day, but I am just not feeling it. Heather wrote this fantastic response in her Ask Polly column to someone asking if they should quit their day job to write a book. It was joyful and enthusiastic and ther...
  • Kristy K
    Sep 02, 2018
    3.5 Stars Havrilesky?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, Disney...
  • Angela Pineda
    Nov 19, 2018
    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 a...
  • Rose
    Jun 30, 2018
    I found this collection of essays to be well written. This would be great for fans of the authors column. I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of it. ...
  • Ellen
    Oct 15, 2018
    The anti-self-help book for the misanthropic nerd. I have been reading the advice column Ask Polly for years and would therefore pay money for anything that Heather writes, but this exceeded all expectations. ...