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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol Wakefield | 2/20/2014

    " A travelogue. With an objective. Searching for reputedly happy spots in the world and one miserable one. I enjoy travelogues and the excuse for one, searching for the basis of happiness is as good an excuse as any. A common denominator for happiness?? Family, connectedness, some security, varies. Just avoid living in Moldavia. Easily done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lucinda | 2/16/2014

    " This book is Weiner's attempt to grapple with his (or should I say 'the') questions about what a person needs to be happy. His approach is interesting to me as an anthropologist: using some (pretty flawed) quantitative research that states that people from country X rank as Y on the 'happiness scale', Weiner travels to a number of countries to try to understand what these conditions are that foster people's happiness. I enjoy this approach because it recognises that there are cultural contexts that can inform a person's perspective on their life experiences: the way we interpret the world around us and view our relationships with friends, family, neighbours, strangers on the street (whether they be countrymen or 'others') and of course, the state. But this is also what drove me crazy about this book: he often makes facile generalizations for the sake of a witty quip and generally lacks the ability to make much in the way of anything near penetrating insights into the significance of pretty much any of the conditions that allow for or inhibit a person's happiness. Still, there is something about statistics that is seductive, everything is put neatly into its own little box. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria Rinaldi | 2/10/2014

    " This was a very enjoyable, insightful read. I would definitely recommend. Good book club discussion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carolyn Capern | 1/17/2014

    " NPR curmudgeon seeks happiness...all over the world. "

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