Weiner's diverting travel memoir tells the tale of a self-professed grump who sets out to find where the most contented people in the world live. The major problem is that the good idea didn't pan out. Weiner visits dozens of countries including India, Iceland and Bhutan, which have their share of socioeconomic problems. Yet Weiner deems these places as having the happiest people in the world, not truly understanding their troubles, but generalizing on the whole. The narration is also a disappointment, with Weiner slip-sliding his way through his own journal writings without passion or enthusiasm and occasional pronunciation problems. Simultaneous release with the Twelve hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 22). (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"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