Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn't alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING.
Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.
- ISBN-13: 9781478982883
- ISBN-10: 1478982888
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Publish Date: November 2014
- Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.4 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Palmer, well-known in the alternative music scene for her work with the Dresden Dolls and her groundbreaking use of social media and crowdsource funding to support her creative endeavors, offers a fusion of autobiography and self-help, presenting a message of empowerment for those afraid to ask others for help in furthering personal and professional goals. Palmer in particular has had to find peace with accepting various forms of support from her financially successful spouse, the bestselling author Neil Gaiman. The narrative is interspersed with related songs from Palmer’s own repertoire and musical appearances by singer-songwriter and friend Ben Folds. Palmer’s transitions between speaking and singing flow effectively, and she provides a warm and quirky conversational style. Granted, some listeners who are looking primarily for personal development may not take to the artistic facets of the recording, but Palmer’s talent cannot be denied. The renderings of her famous husband’s calm and collected British delivery are especially entertaining. A Grand Central hardcover. (Nov.)