Book Club Choices for January 2014

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booksopenforreading Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest: · 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–an excellent book that I love, yes, but one that may not appeal to everyone Shop at the wonderful Brooklyn indie WORD, BN.com, Amazon (I’m an affiliate of all three), or your favorite local bookstore. Or visit the library! Drumroll… An outstanding book about happiness: –La Rochefoucauld, Collected Maxims and Other Reflections Buy from Amazon. An outstanding young-adult book: – Julie Andrews (yes, the Julie Andrews), Mandy Buy from Amazon. An eccentric pick: Graham Greene, The End of the Affair Buy from Amazon. I’ve noticed that many times, when someone describes a book to me, I want to read it less. And often, weirdly, the better a book is, the worse it sounds. So I won’t describe these books, but I love all the books I recommend; I’ve read them at least twice if not many times; and they’re widely loved. If you read last month’s recommendations…what did you think? Baumeister and Tierney’s Willpower; Cameron’s Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You; and Strachey’s Queen Victoria. So, so, so good.

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