Best Job Ever
Ellie Tesher spent many childhood hours at her father’s Harbord St. drugstore, listening as he advised patrons on personal as well as health issues. Decades later, after she had studied sociology, worked with foster children, married, divorced, raised a family, remarried and won accolades as a journalist, it almost seemed she was destined to become the Toronto Star’s advice maven. Best Job Ever: Ellie Tesher on Life as an Advice Columnist, is her revealing account of a position that has deepened her understanding of how humans tick – and how to decipher what makes them tick. The book is a humane and fascinating look at the personal struggles of the 21st century: online porn, flimsy relationships, infidelity, despair. But Tesher includes a healthy dose of readers’ and her own hard-won wisdom.
Who would have thought that a curious kid who listened in on adults’ personal stories while growing up in Toronto would become an advice columnist with readers across the globe? That’s the trajectory of the Toronto Star’s Ellie Tesher, who grew up to major in sociology at university, work with foster children, get married and divorced and raise her kids while working in journalism — until she started dispensing advice in the Star 11 years ago. Ellie is now happily ensconced in a second marriage and enjoys being part of a large family of adult children and stepchildren, their spouses and their kids. She describes her advice column as “the greatest job I’ve known,” saying she loves “the learning, the reach through technology to all ages, cultures and relationships.”