From comedian and journalist Faith Salie, of NPR's Wait Wait Don'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 it s trying to impress her parents with a perfect GPA, undergoing an exorcismin the hopes of saving her toxic marriage, or maintaining the BMI of a flapper with a touch of dysentery, Salie is the ultimate approval seeker an approval junkie, if you will. In Miss Aphrodite, she recounts her strategy for winning the high school beauty pageant. ( Not to brag or anything, but no one stood a chance against my emaciated, spastic resolve. ) What I Wore to My Divorce describes Salie s struggle to pick the perfect outfit to wear to the courthouse to divorce her wasband. ( I envisioned a look that said, Yo, THIS is what you ll be missing even though you ve introduced your new girlfriend to our mutual friends, and she s a decade younger than I am and is also a fit model. ) In "Ovary Achiever," she shares tips on how to ace your egg retrieval. ( Thank your fertility doctor when she announces you have amazing ovaries. Try to be humble about it [ Oh, these old things? ]. )And in Wait, Wait, Don t Tell Me About Batman s Nipples she reveals the secrets behindWait Wait Don t Tell Me! ( I study for this show like Tracy Flick on Adderall ). 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. From the Hardcover edition."
FAITH SALIE is an Emmy-winning contributor toCBS NewsSunday Morningand a panelist on NPR sWait Wait Don t Tell Me!Shealso hosts the PBS show, Science Goes To The Movies.As a commentator on politics and pop culture, she s been interviewed by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Bill O Reilly, and Anderson Cooper. As a television and public radio host, she herself has interviewed newsmakers from Lorne Michaels to President Carter to Robert Redford, who invited her to call him Bob. Faith attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, and while her fellow scholars went on to become governors and mayors, she landed on aStar Trekcollectible trading card worth hundreds of cents. She lives in New York City with her husband, two children, and her husband s dog. From the Hardcover edition."