The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World (Paperback)
Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“In this marvelous book, curmudgeonly NPR correspondent Weiner takes the reader on a fascinating and informative journey around the world in search of happiness. Weiner treats the reader to his sardonically humorous analysis of both the happiest and, possibly, least happy places on earth. Entertaining and illuminating, this captivating book is sure to provide loads of material for discussions.”
— Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI
Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens of Qatar, awash in petrodollars, find joy in all that cash? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Carolina so damn happy?
In a unique mix of travel, psychology, science and humor, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.
Read more about Eric Weiner at www.ericweinerbooks.com.
—Henry Alford, author of Municipal Bondage and Big Kiss
"Part travelogue, part personal-discovery memoir and all sustained delight, this wise, witty ramble reads like Paul Theroux channeling David Sedaris on a particularly good day..... Fresh and beguiling."
"Laugh. Think. Repeat. Repeatedly. If someone told me this book was this good, I wouldn't have believed them."—Po Bronson, author of What Should I Do With My Life?
"Think Don Quixote with a dark sense of humor and a taste for hashish and you begin to grasp Eric Weiner, the modern knight-errant of this mad, sad, wise, and witty quest across four continents. I won't spoil the fun by telling if his mission succeeds, except to say that happiness is reading a book as entertaining as this."—Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic