Books by Alain de Botton and Complete Book Reviews

Alain de Botton, Author . Pantheon $25 (280p) ISBN 978-0-375-42443-4
With this entertaining and stimulating book, de Botton (How Proust Can Change Your Life ) examines the ways architecture speaks to us, evoking associations that, if we are alive to them, can put us in touch with our true selves and influence how we...
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Alain de Botton, Author Picador USA $22 (0p) ISBN 978-0-312-14282-7
""Dental work on,"" ""first kiss"" and ""new hairstyle"" can all be found under the index entries for Isabel Rogers, the charming, unsuspecting subject of this diverting fictional biography. De Botton plays a nimble game, through the eyes and...
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Alain de Botton, Author . Pantheon $26 (326p) ISBN 978-0-375-42444-1
This pensive study explores work not as an economic or sociological phenomenon but as an existential predicament. Observing an eclectic sample of workers, from fishermen to a CEO of an accounting firm, de Botton (How Proust Can Change Your Life )...
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Alain de Botton, Author Atlantic Monthly Press $17 (231p) ISBN 978-0-87113-551-3
Two words on the cover (``a novel'') are the only hint that this unusual first book is fiction and not autobiography. The unnamed narrator is a London architect who becomes involved with Chloe, a graphic designer. After about a year, Chloe leaves...
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Alain de Botton, Author Picador USA $23 (326p) ISBN 978-0-312-13159-3
Affable but uneven, this second novel (after On Love) by the young, London-based de Botton, is predicated on the same gimmick as his first: the evolution of a relationship between two London yuppies is intercut with digressive, theoretical musings...
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Alain de Botton. Simon & Schuster, $26 (240p) ISBN 978-1-5011-3425-8
Bestselling philosopher de Botton (How Proust Can Change Your Life), whose nonfiction tackles life’s big questions, traces the intricate and winding path of a long-term relationship in his second novel. Rabih Khan, from Beirut, and Kirsten...
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Alain de Botton, Author Pantheon Books $19.95 (160p) ISBN 978-0-679-44275-2
Generally writers fall into one of two camps: those who feel that one can't write without having a firm grasp on Proust, and those who, like Virginia Woolf, are crippled by his influence. De Botton, the author of On Love, The Romantic Movement and...
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Alain de Botton, Author Picador USA $16 (336p) ISBN 978-0-312-14403-6
Using drawings, quizzes and quotes from famous philosphers, de Botton presents a postmodern look at the ups and downs of a love affair. (June)
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Alain de Botton. Picador, $16 trade paper (192p) ISBN 978-1-250-03065-8
“Few of us are remotely normal sexually,” de Botton (The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work) writes in this accessible philosophical meditation. But though “[w]e are universally deviant,” the author opines that we are thus “only in relation to some...
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Alain de Botton, Author . Pantheon $24 (320p) ISBN 978-0-375-42083-2
This sophisticated gazebo of a book is the latest dispatch from the Swiss-born, London-based author of the influential handbook How Proust Can Change Your Life: Not a Novel (1997). Promising to teach us how to duck the "brutal epithet of 'l
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Alain de Botton. Pantheon, $26.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-307-37910-8
In this highly original and thought-provoking book, philosopher and atheist de Botton (How Proust Can Change Your Life) turns his critical eye to what religion does well and how nonbelievers might borrow from it to improve their own lives,...
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Alain de Botton, Author Pantheon Books $22.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-679-44276-9
Three years ago, de Botton offered a delightful encounter with a writer many find unapproachable, in his bestselling How Proust Can Change Your Life. Now he attempts a similar undertaking--not wholly successful--with the great philosophers. In clear,
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Alain de Botton and John Armstrong. Phaidon, $39.95 (240p) ISBN 978-0-7148-6591-1
What is art for? The School of Life founder de Botton (How Proust Can Change Your Life) and University of Melbourne art historian Armstrong (The Intimate Philosophy of Art) propose a profoundly refreshing and heterodox approach to art as a “therapeut
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Alain de Botton, read by Nicholas Bell. Audible Studios, unabridged, digital download, 5 hrs. $17.95 ISBN 978-1-60393-203-5
In his latest, de Botton places 25 types of news stories under the microscope in an attempt to gain an understanding of how the news affects our everyday lives. Narrator Bell delivers a solid performance, with delivery as professional and direct as...
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Alain de Botton, Author, David Colacci, Read by , read by David Colacci. Brilliance Audio $24.99 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4233-9289-7
Veteran narrator David Colacci delivers an evenhanded, workmanlike performance of De Botton's philosophical exploration of the joys, pains and meaning of work. The erudite and frequently amusing meditation on vocation is accompanied by profiles
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ARTICLES
  • On the Job
  • Alain de Botton Relfects Upon the Course of Love
  • Alain de Botton Relfects Upon the Course of Love
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