Book Autopsy:

A Book Discussion Program with Marylu and Marcy

Wednesday, April 23, at 7:00 PM

participants will read and discuss


Geography of Bliss

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


Eric Weiner

Please join facilitators Marcy and Marylu for an interesting discussion. All are welcome!

Copies of the book are available at the Nesmith Library.

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader 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.

If you watch any contemporary crime drama, you know the importance of an autopsy, but what exactly is a "book autopsy"?

Questions to be asked:

--Are the characters believable?  Do they follow a full arc?  Do they make a fundamental change in their nature or do they force a change in their environment?

--Does the plot deliver?  Is it consistent?  Are parts too slow?

 --What parts of the book are confusing?  What are the best written parts?

--What is the author trying to say, if anything?

--How do our cultural upbringings affect how we read the book/like the book?




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