Disaster Preparedness


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6.5 X 1.2 X 6.2 inches | 0.61 pounds
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About the Author

Heather Havrilesky writes the popular Ask Polly advice column on Substack and is the author of What If This Were Enough?, How to Be a Person in the World, and Disaster Preparedness. She has written for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, and NPR's All Things Considered, among others, and also maintains the Ask Molly newsletter, written by Polly's evil twin. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs.

Karen White is the author of eight previous books. She lives with her family near Atlanta, Georgia. Author website: karen-white.com.


"I love Heather Havrilesky's work and have been reading her for years. She's smart, hilarious, unique--just terrific."

-- "Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author"

"Heather Havrilesky's memoir nails the sheer life-or-deathness of the Very Important Things in a suburban kid's world with a shticky self-awareness of how very unimportant they turn out to be."

-- "Elle"

"Havrilesky's winning essays venture into the perils of socialization and dating, always keeping a light, self-deprecating tone that attains at moments a wonderfully humane sagacity."

-- "Publishers Weekly"

"Her sweet and witty examination of...aspects of a 1970s suburban upbringing focuses on lessons learned along the way. Havrilesky's reflections on the damage and the growth caused by living through life's myriad little disasters, and her enthusiastic conclusions about the value of our efforts just to live our lives, are encouraging and designed to remind us that we are, in fact, OK."

-- "Library Journal"

"While this memoir is dedicated to her fiercely independent mother, she creates a pensive, loving, and honest eulogy for her late father, the spontaneous adventurer. The end, refreshingly free of spite and full of hard-won optimism, is the true accomplishment of her work."

-- "Booklist"

"Heather Havrilesky captures the weird, chaotic, innocent but also jaded, sweet but also kind of rancid essence of childhood in the 1970s. And if that's not enough, she takes us--hilariously, painfully, utterly relatably--through the entropy of being a teenager in the 1980s. At once sharp and tender, Disaster Preparedness both laments and salutes what it means to belong to a family--and indeed an entire culture--that seems inherently unmoored."

-- "Meghan Daum, author of My Misspent Youth and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House"