PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Jeanne Marie Laskas has joined Reader's Digest to pen a monthly advice column, the magazine announced today. "Ask Laskas" will debut in the October issue, on newsstands September 30th. Laskas is a well-known author and a columnist for the Washington Post's Sunday magazine. She is highly regarded for her real-life, narrative writing style and offbeat stories about the everyday people she meets and living life in the country. "Jeanne Marie's insight, wit and candor can help anyone resolve a modern conundrum," said Editor-in-Chief, Jackie Leo. "Her sense of humor and unique way of looking at life make her the perfect advice columnist." Q What do you do about people who don't acknowledge gifts? Include a stamped, self-addressed post card? Forgotten Giver A Dear Forgotten: The reason they call it a gift is that you give it away ... Decide what kind of transaction you intend -- and then sit back and quietly hope that people still have the good manners their mothers taught them. Q I'm terrible about sending out thank-you cards. Can we just forget the whole thing? I mean, what a waste of trees, right? Guilty Ecologist A Dear Guilty: See above. Just do it. Then go plant a tree. Since Leo's arrival at Reader's Digest two years ago, she has introduced a wealth of new talent to the magazine, adding columnists for the first time in its history. Laskas joins CNN's Tucker Carlson, author Mary Roach, The New York Times' crossword editor Will Shortz and renowned illustrator C.F. Payne as major additions over the past several months. Laskas received her MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she currently serves as an assistant professor. Her work has also been featured in numerous magazines including Esquire, GQ, Travel & Leisure, Redbook and Health and major daily newspapers such as The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Philadelphia Inquirer. She has authored four books -- The Exact Same Moon (Bantam 2003), Fifty Acres and a Poodle (Bantam 2000), The Balloon Lady and Other People I Know (Duquesne University Press, 1996) and We Remember (William Morrow, 1999). Jeanne Marie Laskas lives with her husband and daughters, along with their poodle, mutts, mules, sheep and other animals at Sweetwater Farm in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania. Questions for "Ask Laskas" can be forwarded via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. ABOUT READER'S DIGEST Reader's Digest reaches about 100 million readers worldwide each month. The magazine celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and delivers a compelling mix of humor, personal service and other human-interest stories. Reader's Digest is published in 19 languages and 48 editions worldwide.
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