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Welcome to the internet home of the Kilbourn Public Library (KPL) Book Club. The KPL Book Club meets at the library once a month. A book is chosen for each month and then members of the book club meet the last Monday and Wednesday of every month for lively discussion and treats. While we can’t offer you treats via the internet, this KPL Reads blog was designed for those of you who would like to participate in the book club but don’t have time to join us at meetings. Each month KPL staff will post discussion topics and questions to get you “talking”. Join in the discussion by adding a post to the blog. Click on the word comments below the post you want to "talk" about and write your comment. Be sure to check back often to see feedback and comments.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The February book selection for the Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion Group is The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, this book takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness.  Using a mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor, this book investigates not what happiness is, but where it is.  Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world?  Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness?  Why is Asheville, North Carolina so happy?  Weiner answers these questions and many others in The Geography of Bliss.

Do you think that Eric Weiner achieved his goal in finding the happiest places around the world?

A few of the places mentioned in the book such as Iceland and Thailand seemed like surprising places to find happiness.  Were you surprised by some of the locations that he picked?

What locations around the world would you have assumed to be the happiest places?

If you were to visit any of the places mentioned in the book, where would you go and why?

What do you think makes people happy?

Should a country worry about the happiness of its people? 

Why do you think Americans aren't higher up on the happiness scale?

Let us know what you think of The Geography of Bliss.