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
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
Questions for "Ask Laskas" can be forwarded via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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