Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

By Sebastien Junger

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The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

By Ryan Holiday


I want to hate Ryan Holiday. He’s younger than me, richer, and more successful. He is also a practitioner of stoicism, and a terrific writer. Those two attributes came together to create this book. Using examples from history–figures include Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln–Holiday has produced a sort of how-to guide on the application of Stoic philosophy to modern life. Ever have a book that hits you in just the right way, at exactly the right time? This is mine. Continue reading “The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph”

Stumbling on Happiness

By Daniel Gilbert


As the author notes in the introduction, this is not a self-help book that teaches you how to be happy. Or a personal journey toward fulfillment. Daniel Gilbert is a psychologist; he attempts to deconstruct how two people can use the word “happiness” to mean completely different things. An example from the book is how conjoined twins can live richer and more fulfilling lives than the “singletons” who think the twins would be happier separated. I prefer Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow, which covers a lot of the same ground in more detail. But I found Stumbling on Happiness an easier read. Continue reading “Stumbling on Happiness”