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The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon
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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
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Before reading this book my only prior run-in with Hyperbole and a Half was the Depression pt. 2 "comic" (or whatever these are). I read that in the midst of my own pretty hellacious time and it really hit home...so much so that as soon as I reached ...more
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Notes from (over) the Edge by Jim   Palmer
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In a way it pains me to only give this book 2 stars- it started off so wonderfully. I really appreciate a lot of what he's saying and found myself pretty encouraged in delightfully tangible ways, but the more I read the more annoyed I got.nit feels c ...more
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The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell
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This was actually a really great read and surprisingly timely.

I read Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search For Meaning" a few days ago, so this was a wonderful compliment to/expansion of that book.

I haven't really intentionally been reading about happiness
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Fall to Grace by Jay Bakker
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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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wow.

"Every human being has the freedom to change at any instant."

That pretty much sums it up for me.

Overall, I think it's gonna take a while to really digest everything. It's weird how books come into your life right at the perfect moment, and this
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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was by Barbara Sher
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I can't believe I'm saying this about what is essentially a self-help book, but this was absolutely amazing.

I honestly can't even begin to touch on how helpful it was just to read it. I read it through my library's ebook program and I found myself sa
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Jung by Anthony Storr
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Susanna Kaysen
“Every window in Alcatraz has a view of San Francisco. ”
Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted

Thomas Merton
“The light of truth burns without a flicker in the depths of a house that is shaken with storms of passion and fear.”
Thomas Merton

Aldous Huxley
“But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Neil Postman
“We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn't, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.

But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.

This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.”
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

C.S. Lewis
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
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