Whatever Makes You Happy

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Random House Publishing Group, 2006 - Fiction - 248 pages
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What does it take to be happy? How happy is happy enough? And what does “happy” mean, anyway? So asks Sally Farber–wife, mother, daughter, friend, working woman, and lover–in this wise and funny novel about a woman’s search for happiness in some of the right, and a few of the wrong, places.

Summer in the city looms long for Sally Farber when she sends her two daughters off to camp for the first time. Suddenly freed of her usual patterns in a city that becomes a grown-up’s playground,, she embarks on a journey unlike any she’s ever had–filled with guilty pleasures and guilty pains.

Caught between the past (cleaning out her childhood apartment as her demanding mother offers edicts from South Carolina) and the future (facing her first semi-empty nest), Sally finds herself unexpectedly involved with a powerful, unpredictable man.

And as she researches a book whose very topic is happiness, she must weigh the relative merits of prescriptions for its attainment offered by Aristotle and the Dalai Lama, Freud and Charles Schulz, scented candles and Zoloft, her mother and her best friend. The answer comes, in the end, from a surprising discovery, in this rich and original novel about how we can find, and ultimately embrace, both happiness and love.


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WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Writer confronts middle-aged angst while studying happiness, in a third by Grunwald (New Year's Eve, 1997, etc.).Sally Farber leads an enviable Manhattan life of letters. The mother of two well ... Read full review

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User Review  - BinnieBee - LibraryThing

I did not like this book at all. In fact, soon after I started reading it I began skimming it, something I only do with really bad books. The main character had no redeeming qualities, in my opinion ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
19
Section 4
30
Section 5
40
Section 6
44
Section 7
52
Section 8
61
Section 15
138
Section 16
151
Section 17
159
Section 18
173
Section 19
188
Section 20
193
Section 21
209
Section 22
230

Section 9
69
Section 10
80
Section 11
91
Section 12
98
Section 13
109
Section 14
124
Section 23
239
Section 24
243
Section 25
247
Section 26
249
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About the author (2006)

Lisa Grunwald is the author of the novels New Year’s Eve, The Theory of Everything, and Summer. Along with her husband, Stephen Adler, she edited the anthologies Letters of the Century and the forthcoming Women’s Letters. Grunwald is a former contributing editor of Life and a former features editor of Esquire. She and her husband live in New York City with their son and daughter.


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