Seven Pleasures : Essays on Ordinary Happiness

Author(s): Willard Spiegelman

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What does it mean to be happy? Ever since the Founding Fathers invited every citizen to join the pursuit of happiness, Americans have been studying and pining for that elusive state of mind. But rather than explaining happiness, in "Seven Pleasures" Willard Spiegelman demonstrates it: he immerses us in the joyful, illuminating practice of seven simple pleasures: dancing, reading, walking, looking, listening, swimming, and writing, and evokes all the satisfactions they offer. Lighthearted, insightful, and deeply felt, "Seven Pleasures "is a portrait of pure enjoyment.

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Both a simple & complex pleasure, slow & swife at once, a graceful meditation. [The] impulse to share his enjoyment has resulted in "Seven Pleasures," an appropriately entertaining and provocative book. Scholar, editor and teacher, Spiegelman is writing here as a loving amateur about happiness and the pleasurable things you can do to promote it and to increase a sense of general well-being, of what is called sanguinity. - Floyd Skloot, "The Boston Globe This is a book that will not change the world but should change the people who read it. Which should cause its author rather a lot of pleasure. - "Paula Marantz Cohen, "The Philadelphia Inquirer A luminous, compelling book  . . . Writing in a leisurely manner, Spiegelman takes time to make his points and, whatever activity he's engaged in at the moment, to be a thoughtful, genial companion. - "Michael Co

General Fields

  • : 9780312429676
  • : Farrar Straus Giroux
  • : Farrar Straus Giroux
  • : August 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Willard Spiegelman
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 197