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Want To Be Happier? Join the Happiness Project Book Club!

Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, last month, I announced that I was starting a book club (of sorts).  So many people have signed up–it’s thrilling!

At the end of every month, I’ll suggest three books.

  • One outstanding book about happiness.
  • One outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature. I have a crazy passion for kidlit.
  • One eccentric pick. This is a book that I love, but freely admit may not be for everyone.

I’ve noticed that many times, after someone describes a book to me, I want to read it less. And often, weirdly, the better a book is, the worse it sounds when someone describes it. So I won’t describe these books, but I promise: I love these books; I’ve read each at least twice if not many times; and each is widely loved and respected.

I’ll post these recommendations here, or if you want to make sure you don’t miss them, sign up for the monthly Book Club newsletter.

At the end of September, I’ll ask for comments on these books. That way we can have a conversation about them.

So here are my recommendations.  Shop at the wonderful Brooklyn indie WORD, BN.com, Amazon (I’m an affiliate of all three), or your favorite local bookstore. Or go to the library!

An outstanding book about happiness: Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen. Yes, the movie was good, but the book is better. Buy from WORDBN.com Amazon.

An outstanding children’s book: The Silver Crown, by Robert O’Brien.I love every book by O’Brien, but this is my favorite. Buy from WORD; BN.com; Amazon.

An eccentric pick: Story of a Soul, by Saint Therese of Lisieux. I love this book, and because of it, Saint Therese is my spiritual master; but it’s not for everyone. Buy from WORD; BN.com; Amazon.

If you’d like to hear me speak briefly about these books, check out this short Facebook video.

If you read last month’s recommendations…what did you think? Did you enjoy the choices?

One reader asked how Man’s Search For Meaning, about the Holocaust, could be considered a book about happiness. To me, it was about happiness–what did you think? Did people agree with me that The Midnight Fox is a “perfect” children’s book? And how about that amazing Understanding Comics–did you find that in explaining comics, McCloud explained many other things as well?

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in — no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.