The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness
Most people know Paula Poundstone as a world-class stand-up comic, but did you also know she’s an aspiring explorer? But instead of seeking the Fountain of Youth or a mythical golden city, she seeks something both closer to home and potentially much more elusive. And that’s the story behind her new book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.
As she shares the details of her life raising three opinionated and challenging children, she chronicles her adventures seeking happiness through exercise, organization, communing with nature, dancing, hugging, movie nights, and other endeavors. And although some attempts go better than others, the pseudo-scientific notetaking that accompanies each — as well as the anecdotal input of her children — is often hilarious.
Bringing the same dry wit and casual observation style of her stand-up to the page is impressive in and of itself, but to do so with such honesty and heart, particularly when sharing the dizzying peaks and emotional valleys that come with parenting, is doubly impressive.
Her scientific process may need some work, but her writing is topnotch. This was a lot of fun.
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|Page Count||304 pages|
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