A Short Guide to a Happy Life (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Random House Publishing Group, Apr 1, 2001 - Self-Help - 64 pages
232 Reviews
From the author of Blessings and Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Anna Quindlen’s classic reflection on a meaningful life is the perfect gift for graduation, or 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Simple yet perfect advice to what really matters. - Goodreads
This book really contained no new insight. - Goodreads
Enjoyed the photographs as much as the text. - Goodreads
The pictures were the best part of this book. - Goodreads
I loved this one too.....good advice! - Goodreads
I love Anna Quindlen's writing. - Goodreads

Review: A Short Guide to a Happy Life

User Review  - Julia - Goodreads

Sometimes a book comes into your life at the exact moment when you need it. This is that book for me. As I'm dealing with the emotional mental and physical toll of watching a parent die, I picked up ... Read full review

Review: A Short Guide to a Happy Life

User Review  - Claudia - Goodreads

This was uplifting without being sappy. Beautifully written, accompanied by evocative photos. Short, sweet and to the point. Loved it. Read full review

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Anna Quindlen is the author of three bestselling novels, Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Black and Blue. Her New York Times column "Public and Private" won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and a selection of those columns was published as Thinking Out Loud. She is also the author of a collection of her "Life in the 30's" columns, Living Out Loud; a book for the Library of Contemporary Thought, How Reading Changed My Life; and two children's books, The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After. She is currently a bi-weekly columnist for Newsweek and resides with her husband and children in New York City.

Bibliographic information