From comedian and journalist Faith Salie, of NPR's Wait WaitDon't Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning, a collection of daring, funny essays chronicling the author's adventures during her lifelong quest for approval
Faith Salie has done it all in the name of validation. Whether she's trying to impress her parents with a perfect GPA, undergoing an exorcism to save her toxic marriage, or baking a 3D excavator cake for her son's birthday, Salie is the ultimate approval seeker—an "approval junkie," if you will.
In this collection of daring, honest essays, Salie shares stories from her lifelong quest for gold stars, recounting her strategy for winning (very Southern) high school beauty pageant; her struggle to pick the perfect outfit to wear to her divorce; and her difficulty falling in love again, and then conceiving, in the years following her mother's death.
With thoughtful irreverence, Salie reflects on why she tries so hard to please others, and herself, highlighting a phenomenon that many people—especially women—experience at home and in the workplace. Equal parts laugh-out loud funny and poignant, Approval Junkie is one woman's journey to realizing that seeking approval from others is more than just getting them to like you—it's challenging yourself to achieve, and survive, more than you ever thought you could.
by Tamara Faith Berger
by Maya Van Wagenen
by Peter Birkenhead
by Elizabeth Berg
by Jayne Faith
by Faith Martin
by Karlene Faith
"Media personality Faith Salie gives an expressive, nimble performance of her memoir, which bounces back and forth in time as it covers her childhood, career, two marriages, and path to motherhood. Salie employs the full range of her voice, from loud and expansive to quiet confessional asides, engaging listeners more fully with her stories of overachieving and building her life and career. While humor drives the book, Salie embraces emotional complexity in her exploration of sensitive subjects such as grief, miscarriage, and divorce. She balances seriousness with a comedian's recognition of the absurdity embedded in so many of life's challenges. This chatty, relatable listen will win Salie new fans. A.F. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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