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Alain De Botton
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Alain de Botton is the author of nonfiction works on subjects ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His most recent work, The News: A User's Manual, will be released by Pantheon Books in February of 2014. His best-selling books include How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel and The Architecture of Happiness. He lives in London, where he founded The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk).

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The Architecture of Happiness

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $15.99

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The Architecture of Happiness

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $18.00

The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.

One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs... Read more >
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The Art of Travel

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.00

Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life, de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the... Read more >
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The Art of Travel

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 19, 2008
Price: $13.99

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The Consolations of Philosophy

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 23, 2013
Price: $11.99

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The Consolations of Philosophy

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 2001
Price: $15.95

Solace for the broken heart can be found in the words of Schopenhauer. The ancient Greek Epicurus has the wisest, and most affordable, solution to cash flow problems. A remedy for impotence lies in Montaigne. Seneca offers advice upon losing a job. And Nietzsche has shrewd counsel for everything from loneliness... Read more >
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How Proust Can Change Your Life

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 23, 2013
Price: $11.99

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How Proust Can Change Your Life

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 1998
Price: $15.00

Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres—literary biography and self-help manual—in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life.

Who would have thought that Marcel Proust, one of the most important writers of our century, could provide us with such a rich source of insight into how best to... Read more >
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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
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Written by Alain De Botton


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $13.99

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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95

We spend most of our waking lives at work—in occupations most often chosen by our inexperienced younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our jobs mean to us.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is an exploration of the joys and perils of the... Read more >
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Religion for Atheists
A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00

What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? Alain de Botton’s bold and provocative book argues that we can benefit from the wisdom and power of religion—without having to believe in any of it.

He suggests that rather than mocking religion, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from it—because the... Read more >
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Religion for Atheists
A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $26.95

What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? The long-running and often boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved forward by Alain de Botton’s inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are entirely false—but that it still has some very important... Read more >
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Religion for Atheists
A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
Written by Alain De Botton


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Status Anxiety

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $15.95

Anyone who’s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor’s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton’s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has... Read more >
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Status Anxiety

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $13.99

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The News: A User's Manual

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $26.95

The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds?
 
We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness)... Read more >
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The News: A User's Manual

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $13.99

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A Week at the Airport

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $15.00

Given unprecedented access to one of the world’s busiest airports as a “writer-in-residence,” Alain de Botton found it to be a showcase for many of the major crosscurrents of the modern world—from our faith in technology to our destruction of nature, from our global interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the exotic... Read more >
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A Week at the Airport

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: eBook, 120 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $13.99

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