Sunday, June 3, 2012

Seven top books on optimism

In 2011 at Brain Pickings, Maria Popova named seven essential books on optimism, including:
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, one of our must-read children’s books with philosophy for grown-ups, is among the most poetic and hopeful reflections on human existence ever penned. Lyrical, charmingly written and beautifully illustrated, it sweeps you into a whirlwind of childhood imagination to peel away at the deepest truths about the world and our place in it.

Published in 1943, translated into 180 languages since and adapted to just about every medium, Exupéry’s famous novella is one of the best-selling books of all time. More importantly, it’s one of the most important handbooks to being a thoughtful, introspective and, yes, hopeful human being.
Read about the other books on Popova's list.

The Little Prince is one of Dalia Sofer's most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue