The Geography of Bliss After years as a foreign correspondent for NPR, self-described grump Weiner sought some happy destinations for a change. The resulting book, The Geography of Bliss… The Geography of Bliss After years as a foreign correspondent for NPR, self-described grump Weiner sought some happy destinations for a change. The resulting book, The Geography of Bliss… 2008-01-03 Memoir Nonfiction Twelve
Book Review

The Geography of Bliss (2008)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jan 03, 2008; Writer: Eric Weiner; Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: Twelve

After years as a foreign correspondent for NPR, self-described grump Weiner sought some happy destinations for a change. The resulting book, The Geography of Bliss — part travelogue, part inquiry into the nature of contentment — takes him to 10 countries, from Holland to Qatar to Bhutan, which measures its people's Gross National Happiness. He encounters many supposed roads to bliss: drugs, wealth, meditation, rotten shark meat (apparently a delicacy in Iceland). Occasionally lapsing into generalizations and glibness, Eric Weiner's book may not induce bliss, but it offers engaging, thought-provoking armchair traveling. B

Originally posted Jan 11, 2008 Published in issue #974 Jan 18, 2008 Order article reprints