Approval Junkie

  • by Faith Salie
  • Narrated by Faith Salie
  • 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From comedian and journalist Faith Salie of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning, a collection of humorous 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, embarking on a spiritual retreat in 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"); in "My Summer Fling with Bill O'Reilly", Salie attempts to win over Bill O'Reilly during their interview ("Papa Bear probably didn't think he could love a girl like me, but I was going to prove him wrong in front of a bunch of white people who like guns"). "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"), and in "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me About Batman's Nipples" she reveals the secret to her hilarious jokes on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! ("I study for this show like Tracy Flick on Adderall").
With thoughtful irreverence, Salie reflects on why it is she tries so hard to please others and especially 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 the realization 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.

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What the Critics Say

"Media personality Faith Salie gives an expressive, nimble performance of her memoir.... 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.... This chatty, relatable listen will win Salie new fans." (AudioFile)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-04-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio