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A Short Guide to a Happy Life (original 2000; edição 2000)

por Anna Quindlen

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Alternate Side, Anna Quindlen's classic reflection on a meaningful life makes a perfect gift for any occasion. "Life is made of moments, small pieces of silver amidst long stretches of tedium. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won't happen. We have to teach ourselves now to live, really live . . . to love the journey, not the destination." In this treasure of a book, Anna Quindlen, the bestselling novelist and columnist, reflects on what it takes to "get a life"--to live deeply every day and from your own unique self, rather than merely to exist through your days. "Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us," Quindlen writes, "because unless you know the clock is ticking, it is so easy to waste our days, our lives." Her mother died when Quindlen was nineteen: "It was the dividing line between seeing the world in black and white, and in Technicolor. The lights came on for the darkest possible reason. . . . I learned something enduring, in a very short period of time, about life. And that was that it was glorious, and that you had no business taking it for granted." But how to live from that perspective, to fully engage in our days? In A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Quindlen guides us with an understanding that comes from knowing how to see the view, the richness in living.… (mais)
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Título:A Short Guide to a Happy Life
Autores:Anna Quindlen
Informação:Random House (2000), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 64 pages
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One of those little books that can be carried in a pocket or stuffed into a gift bag that contains many nuggets of wisdom. Quindlen shares how one important thing, losing her mother at a young age, divided her life into a Before and After--and forced her to come to an understanding of what mattered in life. This little book, a commencement speech, is rewarding to return to after a few years. It still resonates. ( )
  STLreader | Aug 15, 2020 |
Another great gift book: tiny, 50 pages of words and pages worth keeping within reach.

How could you pass up a title like that and slices of life like this:

“But he told me that most of the time he stayed on the boardwalk, facing the water, just the way we were sitting now even when it got cold and he had to wear his newspapers after he read them.

And I asked him why. Why didn't he go to one of the shelters? Why didn't he check himself into the hospital for detox? And he just stared out at the ocean and said, "Look at the view, young lady. Look at the view.” ( )
  LJCain | Aug 7, 2020 |
I suspect this little book was only put out to catch fans' eyes and make some money, maybe as an easy Christmas gift/stocking stuffer or maybe just from long-time Quindlen fans. I honestly can't think of any other reason to make this very short, overly trite and simplified, purportedly wise little "essay" into a book by itself. So much of this little book is overly vague and didactic, it makes me far from inclined to ever touch another word by the author, if I'm being honest. I'm glad this was a gift--I'd hate to have spent money on it. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Dec 16, 2019 |
While some may note this as trite and corney, I liked the simplicity of it all. The suggestion of turning off all phones and enjoying silence spoke to me. I've grown to dislike the sound of the phone, and the sound of people talking on their phones in public places. Somehow we are all running in place. I feel it when I enter the office building. As the elevator takes me up to the second floor, I feel a tad of tension, anticipating a busy day. Taking time to slow down is what I hope retirement brings. ( )
  Whisper1 | Oct 22, 2018 |
A wonderful book, I'll keep it in the front room so it'll catch my eye at the right time to read it again. ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Sep 6, 2018 |
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Alternate Side, Anna Quindlen's classic reflection on a meaningful life makes a perfect gift for any occasion. "Life is made of moments, small pieces of silver amidst long stretches of tedium. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won't happen. We have to teach ourselves now to live, really live . . . to love the journey, not the destination." In this treasure of a book, Anna Quindlen, the bestselling novelist and columnist, reflects on what it takes to "get a life"--to live deeply every day and from your own unique self, rather than merely to exist through your days. "Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us," Quindlen writes, "because unless you know the clock is ticking, it is so easy to waste our days, our lives." Her mother died when Quindlen was nineteen: "It was the dividing line between seeing the world in black and white, and in Technicolor. The lights came on for the darkest possible reason. . . . I learned something enduring, in a very short period of time, about life. And that was that it was glorious, and that you had no business taking it for granted." But how to live from that perspective, to fully engage in our days? In A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Quindlen guides us with an understanding that comes from knowing how to see the view, the richness in living.

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