The Art of Asking

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The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
The Art Of Asking Book Cover.jpg
AuthorAmanda Palmer
foreword by Brené Brown
Audio read byAmanda Palmer
CountryUnited States
Published2014, Grand Central Publishing
Media typePrint, e-book, audiobook
Pages352 pages

The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help is a 2014 memoir by American musician Amanda Palmer with a foreword by Brené Brown.[1] The book was first published on 11 November 2014 through Grand Central Publishing and covers Palmer's early days as a performer through to her musical career now. Palmer wrote the book over a four-month period during early 2014, after performing at the Sydney Festival.[2]


In the book Palmer details her early life as a performer and further expands on topics covered in her speech at the TED talks.[3]


Critical reception for The Art of Asking has been mixed.[4][5] Flavorwire commented that while they were "pleasantly surprised by the value within The Art of Asking" and that the book "has passion behind it", it was "not necessarily a fertile and comprehensive vision for the average reader".[6] NPR was slightly more critical as they felt that while the book was "well-intentioned", that "in thinking about the art of asking, Palmer misses its most basic tenet: In our society, certain kinds of people are allowed to ask for things, and certain kinds of people are not. She writes as though the biggest obstacle to getting the help you need is a reluctance to ask — not, say, ingrained social structures having to do with race and class".[7] The Boston Globe was also mixed in their opinion, stating that while the book had some compelling and touching elements it was also "a study in contradictions, which makes for frustrating reading".[8]

The book made The New York Times bestsellers lists.[9][10]


  1. ^ Weidenfeld, Lisa (6 November 2014). "Amanda Palmer shares the secrets of 'The Art of Asking'". Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  2. ^ Epstein, Kayla; Galo, Sarah (14 November 2014). "The art of asking Amanda Palmer: 'The system is going to start favoring the direct voice of the people'". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  3. ^ Pai, Tanya (11 November 2014). "Amanda Palmer Explores "The Art of Asking"". Washingtonian. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  5. ^ Bilton, Chris (20 November 2014). "Amanda Palmer's first book, The Art of Asking, is so tough to classify, even she won't do it". National Post. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  6. ^ Donnelly, Elisabeth (20 November 2014). "Is Amanda Palmer's 'The Art of Asking' Good For Artists?". Flavorwire. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  7. ^ Quinn, Annalisa (20 November 2014). "There's More To Asking Than Just Art". NPR. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  8. ^ Hartigan, Patti (13 November 2014). "'The Art of Asking' by Amanda Palmer". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  9. ^ Taylor, Ihsan. "Best Sellers - The New York Times". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  10. ^ Taylor, Ihsan. "Best Sellers - The New York Times". Retrieved 2015-06-10.

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