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

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Havrilesky is a brilliant critic & essayist. Reading this, I get the feeling that she's been through a lot of pressure, which gave shape to her opinions in this book. Her insistence that this moment is enough, in an age constantly demanding more of us (whether through personal soci...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I can?t afford to buy this book, so I had to DNF it. ...

  • Clara
    Sep 14, 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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

  • jeremy
    Oct 12, 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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

  • Jennifer
    Jan 28, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

  • Nyssa
    Jan 15, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Havrilesky is a brilliant critic & essayist. Reading this, I get the feeling that she's been through a lot of pressure, which gave shape to her opinions in this book. Her insistence that this moment is enough, in an age constantly demanding more of us (whether through personal soci...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • joanna
    Jan 27, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Havrilesky is a brilliant critic & essayist. Reading this, I get the feeling that she's been through a lot of pressure, which gave shape to her opinions in this book. Her insistence that this moment is enough, in an age constantly demanding more of us (whether through personal soci...

  • Christopher Farnsworth
    Oct 13, 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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Havrilesky is a brilliant critic & essayist. Reading this, I get the feeling that she's been through a lot of pressure, which gave shape to her opinions in this book. Her insistence that this moment is enough, in an age constantly demanding more of us (whether through personal soci...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Havrilesky is a brilliant critic & essayist. Reading this, I get the feeling that she's been through a lot of pressure, which gave shape to her opinions in this book. Her insistence that this moment is enough, in an age constantly demanding more of us (whether through personal soci...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Havrilesky is a brilliant critic & essayist. Reading this, I get the feeling that she's been through a lot of pressure, which gave shape to her opinions in this book. Her insistence that this moment is enough, in an age constantly demanding more of us (whether through personal soci...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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?...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    "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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Over the past few days, I've been reading the new collection of Heather Havrilesky's essays, What If This Were Enough? It's a subject I've talked about before here, the tension between sufficiency and lack. With the rise of Marie Kondo's tidying-up empire, it seems like everything i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...