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- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.95
We spend most of our waking lives at work?in occupations most often chosen by our inexperienced younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our jobs mean to us. The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace, beautifully exploring what other people wake up to do each... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00
Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life , de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.95
Anyone who?s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor?s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton?s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 18.00
The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings,... more...
- McClelland & Stewart 2010; US$ 18.99
The bestselling author of The Architecture of Happiness and The Art of Travel spends a week at an airport in a wittily intriguing meditation on the "non-place" that he believes is the centre of our civilization. In the summer of 2009, Alain de Botton was invited by the owners of Heathrow airport to become their first ever writer-in-residence.... more...
- McClelland & Stewart 2010; US$ 19.99
From the international bestselling author of The Architecture of Happiness and How Proust Can Change Your Life comes this lyrical, erudite look at our world of work. We spend most of our time at work, but what we do there rarely gets discussed in the sort of lyrical and descriptive prose our efforts surely deserve. Determined to correct this lapse,... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00
From the bestselling author of The Art of Travel comes a wittily intriguing exploration of the strange "non-place" that he believes is the imaginative center of our civilization. Given unprecedented access to one of the world?s busiest airports as a ?writer-in-residence,? Alain de Botton found it to be a showcase for many of the major crosscurrents... more...
- McClelland & Stewart 2010; US$ 22.99
Bestselling author Alain de Botton considers how our private homes and public edifices influence how we feel, and how we could build dwellings in which we would stand a better chance of happiness. In this witty, erudite look at how we shape, and are shaped by, our surroundings, Alain de Botton applies Stendhal?s motto that ?Beauty is the promise of... more...
- McClelland & Stewart 2012; US$ 19.99
From the author of The Architecture of Happiness , a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer. Alain de Botton was brought up in a committedly atheistic household, and though he was powerfully swayed by his parents' views, he underwent,... more...