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The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help Hardcover – Nov 11 2014

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Nov. 11 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455581089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455581085
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A book unlike any other I've ever read. . . a book I'd have no problem recommending to everyone I know. My mother, my best friend, my work friends, my Facebook friends, my LinkedIn contacts, even the people I meet on the street or see on the subway when I commute to and from work. It's that important and that groundbreaking. This book is not just someone's brave and personal journey from childhood to her life as an artist, but it also addresses why and how it's so hard to look into someone else's eyes and be real, and ask for help when we need it. . . . Palmer has, not to put too fine a point on it, ripped open her chest and exposed her heart for all to see. She's written her truth - and it's at once brutal and gloriously, importantly beautiful."―The Huffington Post

"'The Art of Asking' is a compelling read, easily the most universal work she has ever done."―The Boston Globe

"Much as Anne Lamott offered 'instructions on writing and life' in Bird by Bird, Amanda Palmer will be instructive to anyone who struggles with fear of the 'no.'"―Shelf Awareness

"This is the kind of book that makes you want to call the author up at midnight to whisper, 'My God. I thought I was the only one.'"―Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess and author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened

"To read Amanda Palmer's remarkable memoir about asking and giving is to tumble headlong into her world. At first, you find yourself thinking, 'Goodness, what a crazy world that Amanda Palmer inhabits! How does she possibly endure it?' Then, gradually, as you read along, a doorway opens up in your heart, and you realize, 'I want to live in a world exactly like hers.' God willing, this book will show us all how to do it."―Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things

"Amanda has a direct line with her audience-a lifeline for them and for her, the codependency all truly great performers surrender to . . . She's capable of anything, incapable of telling anything but the truth."
Bono

"A story about a life in one dollar bills, from statue to icon, where media doesn't matter, crowds do. Mandatory reading in the digital age, for aspiring artists and their doubtful parents."
Nicholas Negroponte, founder, MIT Media Lab

"Amanda Palmer joyfully shows a generation how to change their lives."―Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be a Woman and How to Build a Girl

"Amanda Palmer's generous work of genius will change the way you think about connection, love, and grace."
Seth Godin, author of Tribes

"From this beautiful, heart-wrenching story of art comes an incredible account of the nature and future of commerce."
Lawrence Lessig, author of Free Culture

About the Author

Amanda Palmer is a world-renowned singer, songwriter, activist, director, and blogger who first came to prominence as one half of the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls.
She is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and has shown her underwear on Australian television. She currently avoids living in places including Boston, New York, and Melbourne with her husband, author Neil Gaiman, who is easily embarrassed.
Palmer's TED Talk, "The Art of Asking," which she presented at a 2013 TED conference, has been viewed at least 8 million times around the world. You can visit her website and blog at www.AmandaPalmer.net.


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I discovered this by chance but I gave it a try because the title got me intrigued. I had no idea who she was but after reading first couple of pages she got me wondering, so I saw her public speeches and then I ended up getting her music ( from her website for free !). What I like about this book, besides her poetic yet down-to-earth writing, is how she talks about her vices and virtues. Of course, everything is in a way sugar-coated but it is very nicely done. Overall, it is a beautiful book with many inspirational anecdotes that have put a smile on my face, many times.
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This book is about the value of authenticity and what can happen when we have the courage to bare our soul. It's how we connect with others, and if we're showing them anything other than who we are, we're building relationships on a shaky foundation. But when we are who we are, we can see others for who they are. And then asking for what we want - and receiving it - becomes a mutual gift.
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This is an important book. Whether you love her or hate her... and there are distinct camps of both... AFP is fascinating. Every artist, every creative person, everyone who has the instinct to create and share NEEDS to read this book. It's not a marketing plan, its a philosophy, and it's beautiful in so many ways. I'm giving my copy away, and buying another one, which I will also give away to someone who needs to read it. YOU need to read this book! I may just leave copies on benches and let fate have its way. It's that good. Read it.
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I'm always impressed by writers who can take real life and distill it into a lesson, a moral, a *story*. I tend to find it hard to connect the dots of real life events. Amanda does it brilliantly, and in a way that you're not only excited to read about but that you can relate to your own life as well. These aren't pat do-this-do-that guidelines. This is real life, and how to navigate it. Empathy, asking, deserving to ask. Take the doughnut!
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There is so much I could say about this book. I laughed, I cried, I became inspired. It's a fantastic read. Just.. go.. read it. ;-)
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