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

By Eric Weiner
Read by Eric Weiner

11.07 Hours 01/03/2008 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781600242595

Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes listeners from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author’s case, moments of “un-unhappiness.” The book uses a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science, and humor to investigate not what happiness is but where it is. 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? With engaging wit and surprising insights, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.

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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

USA Today bestseller

Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes listeners from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author’s case, moments of “un-unhappiness.” The book uses a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science, and humor to investigate not what happiness is but where it is. 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?

With engaging wit and surprising insights, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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
“With one single book, Eric Weiner has flushed Bill Bryson down a proverbial toilet, and I say that lovingly. By turns hilarious and profound, this is the kind of book that could change your life. The relationship between place and contentment is an ineffable one, and Weiner cuts through the fog with a big, powerful light. The Geography of Bliss is no smiley-face emoticon, it's a Winslow Homer.”  Henry Alford, author of Municipal Bondage and Big Kiss
“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?
“One of the ineluctable laws of travel is that most companions are beguiling at the beginning and annoying by the end. Weiner’s company wears surprisingly well. It takes a chapter or two to decide you like him, and another to realize that you like him a lot, but by the time the trip is over, you find yourself hoping that you'll hit the road together again someday. The Geography of Bliss is a journey too good to be rare.”   Washington Post

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Reviews

by Elliotts12 9/13/2017
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A very uneven explication of bliss

Recommended with reservations. First of all, Weiner should definitely not read his own material. This would be a much better experience if done by a pro. As it is, it sounds like a high schooler reading his term paper. Second, Weiner is no Troost. He hits some good analysis of his subject from time to time, but frequently his self-referential material will make one cringe. So, if you're willing to sort the wheat from the chaff, there's some good stuff here. If you're not, pray this guy finds an editor.

Author

Author Bio: Eric Weiner

Eric Weiner is author of the New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss, which has been translated into eighteen languages. A former correspondent for NPR and the New York Times, he has reported from more than three dozen countries. His work has appeared in the New Republic, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, New York Times magazine, and the anthology Best American Travel Writing. He divides his time between Starbucks and Caribou.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 11.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English