Friday, January 29, 2016

Booknote: Happiness A-Z

Louise Harmon, Happiness A-Z: the Gleeful Guide to Finding and Following Your Bliss. Berkeley, CA: Viva Editions, 2015. ISBN: 9781632280077.

Genre: Nonfiction
Subgenre: quotations, inspirational
Format: paperback
Source: Online contest win; book provided by publisher

This is a nice heartwarming collection of quotes to bring you some good feelings and happiness. I am one of those readers who enjoy books of quotations, so this book was a welcome addition.

The book features a foreword by June Cotner; she describes the book as a collection of perspectives on happiness from classic writers to contemporary figures. She also states this is an "easy-to-use happiness guide." That is about right. Need a little pick me up? Flip through the book and find a nice quote or two. After the foreword, we get the author's introduction. She suggests that a lot of happiness is internal work. She writes, "the inner work of happiness is that of thinking about you live your life and how your thinking is foundational."

The rest of the book is arranged as A-Z chapters with concepts such as "Bliss," "Kindness," and "Wonder." Each chapter opens with a short inspirational passage from the author to set up the theme. This is followed by the quotations from various writers and thinkers. There is quite a bit of diversity in the selections.

In the end, this is a book I really liked. It's the kind of book that I will keep handy when I need some comfort reading. It makes a good selection for public libraries due to its light inspirational element.

4 out of 5 stars.

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