Helen Russell's enthusiasm is infectious as she tours the globe to identify what makes people happier. Her tone brims with a sense of mischief, optimism, and earnest authenticity. Russell is careful to explain that she is not concentrating on the world's happiest places but is creating a catalogue of cultural customs on how to live a good life. At times, the concept is stretched to a point of discomfort--vodka drinking in Russia or anything in Syria, given their horrendous civil war. And while it would be too much to expect Russell to perfectly pronounce all 30 happiness concepts--only three are English--it is a bit problematic to hear one that you do know but do not recognize due to its mispronunciation. A.B. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2019]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2019
DD ISBN 978-1-5491-4914-6 $24.98
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