Ruth Whippman

Author | Journalist | Filmmaker

"A whip-sharp British Bill Bryson"

"Ruth Whippman is my new favorite cultural critic -her book was such a joy to read"

Adam Grant, #1 NYT bestselling author of Originals and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

"I LOVED this book..... I've been quite evangelical about it"

Marian Keyes, NYT bestselling author of Sushi for Beginners

"Ruth Whippman is whip-smart. Her writing is nothing short of a genius."

Ira Israel, The Huffington Post

"I inhaled every page"


"A beautifully written, important book. I can't recommend it too highly."

Benjamin Radcliff, Psychology Today

"A hilarious narrative... delightfully witty"

Kirkus starred review

"Ruth Whippman has a wicked sense of humor that makes every single page a pure joy to read"

Heather Havrilesky, New York Magazine columnist and author of How to be a Person in the World

America the Anxious (US edition) /The Pursuit of Happiness (UK edition)

When British journalist Ruth Whippman moves to California, it seems to her that the American obsession with finding happiness is driving people crazy.

America the Anxious

In America the Anxious, Ruth Whippman embarks on an uproarious pilgrimage to explore the American happiness machine, tackling both the ridiculous and the sublime.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Fantastically fresh, funny and honest, this is an eye-opening look at what happiness really means.

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Ruth Whippman is an author, journalist and documentary film-maker from London, living in the USA (with hilarious consequences…)

Ruth’s humorous essays, cultural criticism and political journalism have appeared in The New York Times, Time magazine, New York magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine and The Pool amongst other places.  She is a regular contributor to, a blogger for the Huffington Post and she contributes to the Observer magazine’s Inner Life column.

She is the author of America the Anxious, How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks (St Martin’s/ Macmillan, 2016) UK title: The Pursuit of Happiness, Why Are We Driving Ourselves Crazy and How Can We Stop (Hutchinson, Penguin.)  It was a New York Post Best Book of 2016, A New York Times Editor’s Choice, a New York Times Paperback Row pick, one of Newsweek’s Nine Books to Change the Way You Think in 2016, a Sunday Times top summer read and a Daily Mail Must Read.  The Sunday Times described Ruth as a “whip-sharp British Bill Bryson.”

Ruth is a regular contributor to radio shows and podcasts, having made appearances on shows including NPR’s Brian Lehrer Show, To the Point and Morning Edition amongst many others. She has given talks at Google (part of the Authors at Google series) Princeton University and UC Berkeley as well as many other venues.

Before becoming a full time writer, Ruth was a producer and director at the BBC in London making documentaries and current affairs shows for BBC television including working on several BAFTA winning series.

She lives in California with her husband and three sons.

Ruth regularly gives talks to institutions including colleges, book groups, community groups and conferences. If you would like to request Ruth to speak at your event, to your book group or anywhere else, or for interview requests, please fill out the contact form on the website.

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