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The Art of Asking:

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

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An AudioFile Editors’ Pick in Personal Growth for November 2014

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Rock star, crowd-funding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world’s most successful music Kickstarter.

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.

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“To read Amanda Palmer’s remarkable memoir about asking and giving is to tumble headlong into her world. Immediately, you notice that her world is really different from yours and mine. Amanda’s world is more open, more vulnerable, more fearless, more messy, more surprising, more dangerous, more rich with human encounters and exchanges at every imaginable level. 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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Committed

“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, New York Times bestselling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

“Amanda Palmer’s resonant yet intimate reading is captivating—but in a way that keeps listeners wondering whether it’s her wisdom about emotional connections or her outspoken self-promotion that makes this audio so powerful…Bringing authenticity to her audiobook performance, she sells herself as a new millennium woman who knows something about inviting people to understand her and enter into productive exchanges with her. Her dramatic and seductive vocal style makes her message unforgettable: Asking for what you want and need will make you a more genuine participant in the human experience. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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“Amanda Palmer’s generous work of genius will change the way you think about connection, love, and grace.”

Seth Godin, American entrepreneur and public speaker

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    Wonderful Book , What Joy To Hear

    Jack Vincent October 16, 2015
    I had read this book before when it came out in print and when I found this version on audio I had to try it. Well the story just comes to life with Amanda Palmer reading it and singing a few songs makes you feel like you and she are in the room together and she said to you , " come here I have a story I want to tell you " just a warm heartfelt story about this amazing woman. Her story will blow you away just as her music already has for millions. Get this book and you'll be so glad you did !!
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Amanda Palmer rose to fame as the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist for the acclaimed band the Dresden Dolls and performs as a solo artist as well as collaborating with artists including Jonathan Richman and her husband, author Neil Gaiman.

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Amanda Palmer rose to fame as the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist for the acclaimed band the Dresden Dolls and performs as a solo artist as well as collaborating with artists including Jonathan Richman and her husband, author Neil Gaiman.

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