Let's Talk About Hard Things

Let's Talk About Hard Things Review

From the host of the popular WNYC podcast Death, Sex, & Money, Let’s Talk About Hard Things is “like a good conversation with a friend” (The New Yorker) and an invitation to discuss the tough topics that all of us encounter. “You will laugh, cry, nod in recognition, and by the end, feel like no topic is off-limits when it comes to creating meaningful connection” (Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone).

Anna Sale wants you to have that conversation. You know the one. The one that you’ve been avoiding or putting off, maybe for years. The one that you’ve thought “they’ll never understand” or “do I really want to bring that up?” or “it’s not going to go well, so why even try?”

Sale is the founder and host of WNYC’s popular, award-winning podcast Death, Sex, & Money, or as the New York Times dubbed her, “a therapist at happy hour.” She and her guests have direct and thought-provoking conversations, discussing topics that most of us are too squeamish, polite, or nervous to bring up. But Sale argues that we all experience these hard things, and by not talking to one another, we cut ourselves off, leading us to feel isolated and disconnected from the people who can help us most.

In Let’s Talk About Hard Things, Sale uses the best of what she’s learned from her podcast to reveal that when we have the courage to talk about hard things, we learn about ourselves, others, and the world that we make together. Diving into five of the most fraught conversation topics—death, sex, money, family, and identity—she moves between memoir, fascinating snapshots of a variety of Americans opening up about their lives, and expert opinions to show why having tough conversations is important and how to do them in a thoughtful and generous way. She uncovers that listening may be the most important part of a tough conversation, that the end goal should be understanding without the pressure of reconciliation, and that there are some things that words can’t fix (and why that’s actually okay).

Touching, personal, and inspiring, Let's Talk About Hard Things is a profound meditation on why communication can connect us instead of divide us and how we can all do it better.

Title:Let's Talk About Hard Things

Enjoy the book review !

    Let's Talk About Hard Things Reviews

  • Polly

    I've been a fairly longterm podcast listener of Anna Sale's WYNC show Death, Sex & Money, and was keen to try out this book that is so closely related it's almost a direct spin-off, despite not often ...

  • laila

    I have mixed feelings about this book. The content is presented in an approachable and informative writing style, which is a great merit of Anna Sale's writing. That said, I found many jarring typos a...

  • Candice Brusuelas

    This short but in-depth book covers the biggest topics we don't like to talk about: Death, Money, Family, Sex, and Identity. Each offers a diverse view of these topics and the many challenges they fac...

  • Suzanne

    Author Anna Sale offers a book with challenging topics and urges readers to explore these topics without fear. Death, sex, relationships and identity are all fair game in a book of anecdotes taken fro...

  • La Crosse County Library

    Not to sound like Yogi Berra, but talking about hard things is hard. Emotions run high, vulnerabilities are exposed, and awkwardness abounds. It's impossible to make it to adulthood without having at ...

  • Lisa

    I was surprised that this would be a two star book for me, although I also gave up before the family and identity sections. I don't listen to the author's podcast but had enjoyed hearing her interview...

  • Ray Teggin

    Felt more like a podcast transcript than a book....

  • Carey

    I think I was expecting different things from the Money and Family chapters, but this was really good and insightful....

  • Janet Hutchinson

    This is a good read. The author doesn’t give you a script, more a reasoned and compassionate approach to hard conversations. Death, sex and money are certainly difficult conversations, but her appro...

  • Jamie

    Liked it... didn't love it. Was a pleasant enough audio book....