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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

"Min Jin Lee is a kind soul" was the thought I had while listening to her, answering the audience's questions in one of her 
readings after the publication of this book. How else can you tell such a magnificent story about hard lives - with all the hostility between the Japanese and the Korean immigrant minority and the ensuing discrimination, corruption, and poverty - with so much fairness and compassion towards all parties involved? And to do so without resorting to violent or graphic scenes, and with interspersing enough moments of hope, acts of resilience, and small triumphs for the downtrodden to make readers want to keep reading and not putting the book down, knowing that they are well cared for and in the good hands of a great writer.


Train Dreams: A Novella Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250007650
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Published: Picador - May 22nd, 2012

It delights me endlessly whenever I read a book with characters so different from me in place, time and life circumstances, and yet I somehow relate to them. It feels as if the author has been able to reach and touch the humanity in all of us, despite the outwardly differences. This is a novella about Robert Grainier's life, an American railroad worker turned hermit after the loss of his wife and daughter in a wild fire in the early to mid 1900's. As a bonus - when I was about half way through, enjoying the book- I had to pause and ask myself "wait a minute, are these elements of magical realism so masterfully woven into the plot?" So good... We lost Denis Johnson all too soon.


The Light of the World: A Memoir (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Biography Finalist) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781455599868
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 6th, 2016

Poet Elizabeth Alexander wrote this memoir after the sudden loss of her loving and beloved husband, Ficre, at the age of 50.  The book is about a great loss which inevitably gives it a sad theme, and yet it's full of the joy of living. As she remembers, rejoices and mourns, we get to witness glimpses of their lives. It's so uplifting and heartwarming to see that such beautiful lives could be lived - caring, loving, and filled with friendship, hospitality, community, art and creativity. To show the spirit of the book, it's enough to quote "Lizzy" from one of the last chapters when she asks her teenage sons "How can we be so happy when we have been through so much, the forest is not denuded. The trees are standing tall."


The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life Cover Image
By Lynne Twist, Jack Canfield (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393353976
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 14th, 2017

Told through personal and work-related stories, mostly from the time Lynne worked as a global activist and fundraiser to end world hunger at Hunger Project, she highlights the main concepts of sufficiency and abundance and how they could replace scarcity mindset and the relentless need for more. Her incredible stories include a life-changing meeting with Mother Teresa at her orphanage in India, the story of women finding an underground lake in a patriarchal community in the dry and hot Sahel Desert in Senegal, the impoverished Bangladeshi villagers who became successful farmers, the story of Lynne's mom in her final weeks of life, and the story of Gertrude in a Harlem church and her powerful lesson: "money is like a river". After reading many books on money over the years, this was like a breath of fresh crisp morning air.


We Want What We Want: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525654636
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Published: Knopf - July 27th, 2021

With author's sharp observations, each story in this collection seizes a passing, seemingly ordinary moment of life of the characters- a moment that would've been lost forever in the sea of moments that came before and after it-and tells an elaborate, compelling story of how it came to be. It's a great read, one of those books that make you ponder about the story behind everything and the significance of every "minute" feeling and thought in one's life.


The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812983456
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 26th, 2013

Have you ever wished to embark on a journey of hundreds of miles that would, through its ups and downs, make you stronger so you could, eventually, face the confusion, heartbreak, fear or the trauma you've been running away from for decades? And better yet, what if you could find yourself effortlessly on such a path when you thought you were just going to the corner mailbox to post a letter? No time for second guessing, no long time preparations and no laborious planning not even to choose the best pair of walking shoes or the most appropriate travel jacket. You'd just go.
If you have- well, even if you haven't- this novel is your chance to vicariously revel in Harold's journey.


The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812989816
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 1st, 2016

This is the story of Queenie, the other main character in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
Queenie has sent a letter to Harold to inform him that she's dying. She expects no answers, but soon the news of Harold's walk toward the hospice reaches her and Queenie, afraid she may die before his arrival, starts writing him another letter to tell her side of the story, of all that happened years and years ago. It's a heartbreaking, poignant tale that dives deep into humans' regrets and despairs as well as hopes and resilience. And, it's a consolation to see Queenie finally being able to "write it all down" and get to the peace she'd long longed for.


Convenience Store Woman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802129628
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Published: Grove Press - September 17th, 2019

Keiko works at a convenience store in Tokyo, a job she started when she was eighteen and has kept for eighteen years. She's happy and satisfied with her work and is very good at it. She knows the rules and fits in, something she's never felt anywhere else. But, the judgments from her friends and family and the pressure to find a "real" job and get married are constant and although for a long time she seems to be impervious to them, she reaches a tipping point and decides to conform to society's norms. 
It's a short book that manages to pose a powerful question that could occupy the mind long after the book is finished.


A Bright Ray of Darkness: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804170529
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Published: Vintage - January 18th, 2022

Characters, characters, characters... Ethan Hawk plays well here into one of his impressive strengths: creating well-rounded characters. You may not like many of them at first - or any of them for that matter- as they all seem so messed up and hopeless on the surface, but then, gradually, as the intriguing plot unfolds, you'll enjoy discovering their individual quirks and idiosyncrasies, unexpected nuggets of wisdom each shares, as well as their fears, self-knowledge and longings, and perhaps you'll be surprised to find yourself liking them, sometimes a bit too much:) It's one of the joys of reading... And the ending is so good too.


Olympus, Texas: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385545211
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Published: Doubleday - May 4th, 2021

A colossally dysfunctional family...and don't they make for the best novels? 
Things happened a couple of years ago that shook all members of the family - mother, father, grown children and their families- but not enough to propel them into a real transformation. They just did enough to create a lousy patch-up work to cover up the stink so everyone could go about their lives as if not much had happened until now. Now, something huge happens and almost everyone finds themselves at life-altering cross-points that are impossible to ignore...


On the Move: A Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804170932
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Published: Vintage - February 23rd, 2016

I still mourn the loss of Oliver Sacks, the beloved neurologist, physician and writer. His wisdom, knowledge and kindness toward his fellow humans are greatly missed. The honesty and vulnerability he shows throughout this book combined with his great sense of gratitude for life make it an unforgettable memoir of a long life well lived. 


Thinking, Fast and Slow Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374533557
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2013

Written by the 2002 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences, the book describes two brain systems, fast (intuitive) and slow (logical), and the heuristics and biases humans use to make decisions. It also covers how our minds are not evolved to grasp statistical concepts and what could be done to improve our understanding of statistics. At the end, it talks about the distinctions between experiencing and remembering selves. This is a highly influential, informative and potentially life-changing book.


Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143117285
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Published: Penguin Books - May 25th, 2010

A memoir of the time when Novella and her partner moved to a run-down neighborhood in Oakland and created a community garden in the abandoned, squatted lot next door. Through Novella's intelligence, enthusiasm and sense of humor, the book gives an intimate look at the adventures, triumphs, defeats and struggles of creating a community garden and raising animals- goats, rabbits, chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, pigs and bees- in their small backyard or on their balcony. The book is also the story of people: Lana, the neighbor who runs a speakeasy at her place, Bobby, who lives in abandoned cars across the street, the monks who live in the neighborhood monastery, the Vietnamese neighbors with their memories and special farming tools from their country, among many others.


Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984822185
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Published: Hogarth - February 18th, 2020

What a great title and what a story. A story of normal people in which the decency, kindness, dignity, and sense of self-worth of one touch and transform the other in a subtle yet profound way. As I was reading it, I started finding myself dreading the ending, as bad endings have ruined many an otherwise good novel for me. I didn't need to worry, the beautiful bitter-sweet ending indelibly imprinted the characters and their story on my mind.


I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525436058
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2019

I wasn't convinced that one could tell the story of their life well by recounting the times they almost died and then, aren't seventeen brushes with death - for a person in their forties- too many anyway? I wasn't too far into the book when I got the answers to my doubts and questions: yes it's possible, and no, apparently not too many. I came to truly enjoy this creative way of writing a memoir, the brilliant writing of Maggie O'Farrell and the smart way the stories are laid out- NOT chronologically; When there were burning questions like why she was so restless in her youth or why anyone would volunteer to become a target for a knife-throwing show at a fair with at least one knife landing too close, you'll get "sort of an answer" in some brushes with death in her childhood told later in the book. Not that anything is said directly by the author about these links... some dot-connecting and psychological speculation are needed on the part of the reader which always add to the pleasure of reading and discovery.


The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781451697728
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

This is a book I had no idea I'd love to read. A book about octopuses? But Sy Montgomery makes it such a riveting subject that I quickly finished the book and as quickly moved up the octopus to (almost) the top of my favorite animals list. Read about their intelligence, playfulness and their consciousness, be amazed and then head to the Cabrillo National Monument during low tide hours right here in San Diego and if you are observant and if you are lucky, you'll get to see one under a rock (or more likely an arm or two poking out). 


The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345804341
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Published: Anchor - June 30th, 2020

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780385528757
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Published: Currency - February 16th, 2010

The Rosie Project: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781476729091
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 2014

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section:
$20.00
ISBN: 9780812973815
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 11th, 2010

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto #3) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780812979688
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 28th, 2014

84, Charing Cross Road Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780140143508
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 1990

The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060932138
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

The Shipping News Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780671510053
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Published: Scribner - June 1st, 1994

Angela's Ashes: A Memoir Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780684842677
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Published: Scribner - May 25th, 1999

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812981223
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 30th, 2010

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781607747307
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 14th, 2014

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work Cover Image
By Mason Currey (Editor)
$25.95
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ISBN: 9780307273604
Published: Knopf - April 23rd, 2013

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Crown - January 29th, 2013

The Bean Trees: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062277756
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2013

Olive Kitteridge: Fiction Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812971835
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 30th, 2008

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2016

Me Talk Pretty One Day Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316776967
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 5th, 2001

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984818324
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 7th, 2020

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143127741
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Published: Penguin Books - September 8th, 2015

The Island of Sea Women: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501154867
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Published: Scribner - March 10th, 2020

The Elegance of the Hedgehog Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781933372600
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2008

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328662057
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Published: Harper - April 2nd, 2019

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307949332
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

For You, Mom. Finally.: Previously published as Not Becoming My Mother Cover Image
$14.00
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ISBN: 9780143117346
Published: Penguin Books - April 6th, 2010

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616208684
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

The Enchanted April Cover Image
By Elizabeth von Arnim, Brenda Bowen (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143107736
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 2nd, 2015

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250076229
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Published: Picador - September 5th, 2017

My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780848757465
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Published: Southern Living - May 15th, 2018

Life After Life: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316176491
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062963680
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812981605
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 7th, 2014

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211292
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Published: Avery - October 16th, 2018

Letters to a Young Poet Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780393310399
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 1993

The Lowland (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307278265
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Published: Vintage - June 17th, 2014

Interpreter Of Maladies Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358213260
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Published: Mariner Books - October 22nd, 2019

Cutting for Stone Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375714368
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Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2010

The Almost Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062105721
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 29th, 2018

Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781416573166
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Published: Scribner - June 10th, 2008

Blue Nights Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307387387
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Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2012

My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

The Story of a New Name: Neapolitan Novels, Book Two Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609451349
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Published: Europa Editions - September 3rd, 2013

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Neapolitan Novels, Book Three Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781609452339
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2014

The Story of the Lost Child: Neapolitan Novels, Book Four Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609452865
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2015

Angle of Repose Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101872765
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Published: Vintage - November 4th, 2014

The Four-Story Mistake (Melendy Quartet #2) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780312375997
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Published: Square Fish - January 22nd, 2008

Norman Didn't Do It!: (Yes, He Did) (Mother Bruce Series) Cover Image
By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368026239
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 7th, 2021

Norman the porcupine is VERY jealous. His best friend Mildred the tree has found another friend. What could he do? 
Mistakes are made, but they could be fixed. Attitudes could be changed, and sometimes everyone could win.


The Rabbit Listened Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229358
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Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

When I first read this, my reaction was to go back and count the words. In less than 350 words (and with the help of beautiful illustrations) this book had shown the art of listening, consoling and helping a sad friend far better than much wordier books for adults on the subject.