Reader's Digest Adds Advice Column 'Ask Laskas' You've Got Questions, She's Got Answers

- Washington Post Columnist Jeanne Marie Laskas Joins

Tucker Carlson, Mary Roach, Will Shortz and C.F. Payne on

List of High Profile Contributors to Reader's Digest -

Sep 22, 2003, 01:00 ET from Reader's Digest

    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
     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

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