Ratings : 27525

Review : 3321


Published : Jan. 28, 2008

By : Twelve

Language : en-US

Paperback : 335 Pages

Published : Jan. 28, 2008

By : Twelve

Language : en-US

Paperback : 335 Pages

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

27525 Ratings - 3321 Review

Weiner spent a decade as a foreign correspondent reporting from such discontented locales as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Indonesia. Unhappy people living in profoundly unstable states, he notes, inspire pathos and make for good copy, but not for good karma. So Weiner, admitted grump and self-help book aficionado, undertook a year's research to travel the globe, looking for the "unheralded happy places." The result is this book, equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and philosophical, a journey into both the definition of and the destination for true contentment.

Apparently, the happiest places on earth include, somewhat unexpectedly, Iceland, Bhutan, and India. Weiner also visits the country deemed most malcontent, Moldova, and finds real merit in the claim.

But the question remains: What makes people happy? Is it the freedom of the West or the myriad restrictions of Singapore? The simple ashrams of India or the glittering shopping malls of Qatar?
From the youthful drunkenness of Iceland to the despond of Slough, a sad but resilient town in Heathrow's flight path, Weiner offers wry yet profound observations about the way people relate to circumstance and fate.

Both revealing and inspirational, perhaps the best thing about this hilarious trip across four continents is that for the reader, the "geography of bliss" is wherever they happen to find themselves while reading it.



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ABOUT Eric Weiner

Eric Weiner is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss, as well as two other books. His latest book, The Geography of Genius, has been called “smart, funny and utterly delightful…Weiner’s best book yet.”

The Geography of Bliss has been translated into 20 languages. A number of high schools and universities have incorporated the book into their curricula. Weiner is the recipient of the Borders Original Voices Award, and a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

His second book, Man Seeks God, was called a “disarmingly funny, illuminating read… a refreshing departure from more weighty spiritual tomes.”

As a long-time foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Eric reported from more than 30 nations, from Iraq to Indonesia, covering some of the major international events of recent times.

Eric writes a regular column for BBC Travel. Eric’s work also appears in The Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and other publications, as well as on the BBC and NPR’s Morning Edition. He is a popular speaker and lecturer.

When not writing, or thinking about writing, Eric is an avid cyclist and consumer of sushi (Tekka maki, in particular). He lives in in the Washington, DC area, with his wife and daughter and their two rambunctious cats.

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