“My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning
and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.” ~Cary Grant
Cary Grant had an interesting philosophy on living. Here are three books by people who created their own formula for living and which provide some ideas for good living.
For a summer read full of spiritual guidance and meaning try: Fear: Essential Wisdom For Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh. Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet and scholar who has published a number of books on peaceful living.
This book extolls the practice of living in the present to embrace our fears, recognize their origins, and thereby render them powerless. His book is short but powerfully written, in beautifully clear prose.
The word ‘Live’ has different connotations for blogger Hugh MacLeod. In his third book Freedom is Blogging in Your Underwear, he argues that real happiness isn’t power or money: it is freedom to pursue your passion in life. MacLeod was a struggling cartoonist waiting for a big break to become syndicated in newspapers.
He stopped waiting and started acting by establishing his own blog to showcase his cartoons. It was a huge success, and his dream was fulfilled. His book is funny and light but with the ever-present message that thinking outside the box in your pursuit of a dream can have some hilarious and satisfying consequences.
To live well sometimes is more of a challenge for some people than others. Answering life’s challenges with laughter is the path Sara Benincasa takes in Agorafabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom. Podcast host and award-winning comedian Benincasa recounts her struggles with agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder where the sufferer perceives the environment as being difficult to escape or get help.
Her first response to her disorder was to freak out and hide—her bed became her refuge, and she was too afraid to even go to her own bathroom. She charts her path to acceptance and happiness with therapy, homemade smoothies, shopping for vintage clothes, and the timely intervention of friends and family.
This book never falls into whiney mush but keeps the tone light and fun, resulting in a positive and uplifting read.
Discover new books that will keep you reading all summer in our Summer. Read. contest for adults!
1. Check the weekly theme every Wednesday, either at your local branch or right here online
2. Borrow a new (to you!) book, DVD or CD from the Library that fits that theme.
3. Fill in the online ballot to tell us what you're reading (or watching, or listening to) and enter to win one of five 32 GB Google Nexus 7 Tablets, and weekly prizes of leather-bound journals and Calgary Public Library tote bags. You can also enter by filling out a paper ballot at your local branch. Good luck!