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Title:
Asking for a friend : three centuries of advice on life, love, money, and other burning questions from a nation obsessed
Author:
Weisberg, Jessica, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Nation Books, 2018.
Physical Description:
x, 304 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"A delightful history of Americans' obsession with advice and self-help -- from Poor Richard to Dr. Spock to Miss Manners." -- From book jacket.
Language:
English
Contents:
Part one: Old, wise men -- In praise of the maggot: John Dunton -- Politeness vs. honesty, part 1: Lord Chesterfield -- Funny business: Benjamin Franklin -- American guru: William Alcott -- Part two: As a friend -- Sob sister: Dorothy Dix -- Happy thoughts: Dale Carnegie -- Everything changes: Dear Abby and Ann Landers -- Indulgence is a virtue: Mildred Newman -- Part three: Experts among us -- Honorary pants: Sylvia Porter -- Doctor's orders: Benjamin Spock -- Death's best friend: Elizabeth Kübler-Ross -- Guide to the stars: Joan Quigley -- Part four: Advice for all, by all -- Stand by me: Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt -- Politeness vs. honesty, part 2: Judith Martin -- How to coach a life coach: Martha Beck -- The king of Quora: Michael King.
ISBN:
9781568585345
Format :
Book