Here are links to book reviews I have published:
The Boy Between, Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse
The Universe Versus Alex Woods, Gavin Extence
An Adventurer’s Son, Roman Dial
Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century, Jessica Bruder
Gillybean in China, Gill Puckridge
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Escape From the Ordinary, Julie Bradley
The Trail Provides: A Boy’s Memoir of Thru-Hiking the PCT, David Smart
Narcissus and Goldmund, Hermann Hesse
Henry David Thoreau: A Life, Laura Dassow Walls
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World, Hans Rosling
How to Practice, Dalai Lama
Opiod, Indiana, Brian Allen Carr
Land of Lost Borders, Kate Harris
Trespassing Across America, Ken Ilgunas
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
The Accidental President, A.J. Baime
The Salt Path, Raynor Winn
Way Out There, J. Robert Harris
Beyond Religion, Dalai Lama
Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
Big Little Man, Alex Tizon
Walden on Wheels, Ken Ilgunas
Beyond the Pale, Ken Grossman
On the Shortness of Life, Seneca
The Geography of Bliss, Eric Weiner
How Not to Get Married, George Mahood
If Cats Disappeared from the World, Genki Kawamura
Sedona Hiking Guide, Greg Stevenson
The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
Seneca’s life lessons never grow old. Click on the link for a synopsis of his wisdom, thanks to Ladders.
I wrote an earlier post about his book, On the Shortness of Life.
“Life is short.”
Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life is likely to transform your thoughts about those three words.
The Roman stoic philosopher’s vision of human existence viewed life as plenty long enough, if you use it.
“Just do it! What are you waiting for?” he would say if he were writing a self-help book in the 21st Century. Time is your ally if you don’t put things off.
Here are a few from a wealth of jewels from the English translation available on Amazon:
“Let us turn to private possessions, the greatest source of human misery. For if you compare all the other things from which we suffer, deaths, illnesses, fears, desires, endurance of pains and toils, with the evils which money brings us, the latter will far outweigh the others.”
“…it is easier to bear and simpler not to acquire than to lose, so you will notice that those people are more cheerful whom Fortune has never favoured than those whom she has deserted.”
“So we should make light of all things and endure them with tolerance: it is more civilized to make fun of life than to bewail it.”
“Fortune hands out such unfair rewards.”
“…there is a healthy moderation in wine, as in liberty.”
Seneca, an advisor to Nero, accumulated great wealth and was a controversial figure two thousand years ago. His words may make you wonder about the originality of current self-help writing.