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De Botton, Alain

Works: 171 works in 1,301 publications in 27 languages and 23,158 library holdings
Genres: Humor  Miscellanea  Fiction  Pictorial works  Popular works  History  Love stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Essays 
Roles: Author, Creator, Interviewee
Classifications: BJ1595.5, 101
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alain De Botton
The architecture of happiness by Alain De Botton( Book )

93 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 13 languages and held by 2,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations. One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings, and streets that surround us. And yet a concern for architecture is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential."--Publisher's website
The consolations of philosophy by Alain De Botton( Book )

137 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 22 languages and held by 2,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, a work that proves that philosophy can be a source of help for our most painful everyday problems." "Dividing his work into six sections - each highlighting a different psychic ailment and the appropriate philosopher - de Botton offers consolation for unpopularity from Socrates, for not having enough money from Epicurus, for frustration from Seneca, for inadequacy from Montaigne, and for a broken heart from Schopenhaver (the darkest of thinkers and yet, paradoxically, the most cheering). Consolation for envy - and, of course, the final word on consolation - comes from Nietzsche: "Not everything which makes us feel better is good for us.""--Jacket
Status anxiety by Alain De Botton( Book )

84 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 1,930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing from the fields of history, psychology, politics, and economics, a look at the anxieties associated with a pursuit of status explains how humans have sought to cope with their fears and offers suggestions on ways to deal with the problem
The art of travel by Alain De Botton( Book )

96 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 16 languages and held by 1,923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the human desire to travel presents a series of essays on airports, museums, landscapes, holiday romances, and hotel mini-bars, offering suggestions on how to render travel more fulfilling
How Proust can change your life : not a novel by Alain De Botton( Book )

104 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 19 languages and held by 1,862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uses Proust's essays, letters, and fiction to humorously show how Proust "understood that the essence and value of life was the sum of its everyday parts."--Jacket
The pleasures and sorrows of work by Alain De Botton( Book )

55 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alain De Botton explores the world of offices and factories, convention halls, outdoor installations and transportation routes. He spends time in and around some less familiar work environments and discloses both the sheer strangeness and beauty of the places where people spend their working lives. Along the way, De Botton uncovers some of the most compelling questions that we rarely make time to consider: Why do we do it?
Religion for atheists : a non-believer's guide to the uses of religion by Alain De Botton( Book )

32 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? The long-running and often boring debate between believers and non-believers is finally moved forward by Alain de Botton's inspiring book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are entirely false--but that it still has some very important things to teach the secular world. Religion for Atheists suggests that rather than mocking religion, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from it--because the world's religions are packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies. Blending deep respect with total impiety, de Botton (a non-believer himself) proposes that we look to religion for insights into how to, among other concerns, build a sense of community, make our relationships last, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, inspire travel and reconnect with the natural world.--From publisher description
The news : a user's manual by Alain De Botton( Book )

25 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The news is everywhere. We can't stop constantly checking it on our computers, but what is this doing to our minds? We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton, but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. Here, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories--including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal--and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age. He raises such questions as: Why are disaster stories often so uplifting? What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting? Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down? Why are upheavals in far-off lands often so boring? De Botton has written the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, certain to bring calm, understanding and a measure of sanity to our daily (perhaps even hourly) interactions with the news machine.--From publisher description
Art as therapy by Alain De Botton( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that the works of art can be useful, relevant--and even therapeutic
A week at the airport by Alain De Botton( Book )

28 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the bestselling author of The Art of Travel comes a wittily intriguing exploration of the strange "non-place" that he believes is the imaginative center of our civilization. Given unprecedented access to one of the world's busiest airports as a "writer-in-residence," Alain de Botton found it to be a showcase for many of the major crosscurrents of the modern world'from our faith in technology to our destruction of nature, from our global interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the exotic. He met travelers from all over and spoke with everyone from baggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving together these conversations and his own observations'of everything from the poetry of room service menus to the eerie silence in the middle of the runway at midnight'de Botton has produced an extraordinary meditation on a place that most of us never slow down enough to see clearly. Lavishly illustrated in color by renowned photographer Richard Baker, A Week at the Airport reveals the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and'yes'even beauty. From the Trade Paperback edition
How to think more about sex by Alain De Botton( Book )

26 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to sexual behavior for the twenty-first century argues that modern sexuality must strike a balance between love and desire, and between adventure and commitment, and discusses such topics as rejection, pornography, and adultery
Essays in love by Alain De Botton( Book )

110 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 21 languages and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak. Previous ed.: London: Macmillan, 1995
The romantic movement : sex, shopping, and the novel by Alain De Botton( Book )

64 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in 12 languages and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on two young people in love who are trying to make a science of it. The protagonists are Eric and Alice, both in their twenties. He is in banking, she is in advertising. With graphs and charts
Kiss & tell by Alain De Botton( Book )

55 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 15 languages and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man accused by women of narcissism tries to show more interest in his next one, only to discover women don't like too much attention either. A romantic comedy set in Britain by the author of On Love
On love by Alain De Botton( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Plotting the course of an affair from the initial delirium of infatuation to the depths of suicidal despair, through a fit of anhedonia--defined in medical texts as a diseae resulting from the terror brought on by the threat of utter happiness--and finally through the terrorist tactics employed when the beloved begins, inexplicably, to drift away, this 'tour de force pelasure ... [is] a dissertation/novel on romantic narcissism that's both intellectually stimulating and emotionally touching" (Kirkus Reviews)."--Cover
The art of travel by Alain De Botton( Recording )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alain de Botton takes us on a journey with some of the world's greatest artists, writers and philosophers to the most inspiring destinations. Guides include Picasso, Wordsworth and Flaubert, as de Botton dexamines the art of travel with thought-provoking humor
The essential Plato( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato is indisputably one of the most important philosophers of all time, forming with Socrates and Aristotle the trio of great figures at the heart of classical philosophy. The Essential Plato brings together the thinker's writings with an accessible, informative, and entertaining introduction from Alain De Botton, which puts Plato in a historical context and explains why his life and work are still relevant today. Using the 1871 Benjamin Jowett translation, this volume includes the entire Republic; The Apology, which explores the trial and execution of Socrates; The Symposium, Plato's plunge into the nature of love and emotion;and the Laws, an updating of The Republic, focusing on specific social issues such as education, alcoholism, and of course, "The Evils of Retail Trade."
Status anxiety by Alain De Botton( Recording )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a book about an almost universal anxiety that rarely gets mentioned directly: an anxiety about what others think of us, about whether we're judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. This is a book about status anxiety. Alain de Botton, best-selling author of "The consolations of philosophy" and "The art of travel", asks, with lucidity and charm, where our worries about status come from and what, if anything, we can do to surmount them. With the help of philosophers, artists and writers, he examines the origins of status anxiety (ranging from the consequences of the French Revolution to our secret dismay at the success of our friends) before revealing ingenious ways in which people have been able to overcome their worries in the search for happiness. We learn about sandal-less philosophers and topless bohemians, about the benefits of putting skulls on our sideboards, and about looking at ancient ruins
The consolations of philosophy by Alain De Botton( Recording )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an enlightening look at how philosophy can console, inspire and motivate us by considering the philosophical theories of such Western philosophers as Socrates on unpopularity, Epicurus on not having enough money, Seneca on frustration, Montaigne on inadequacy, Schopenhauer on having a broken heart, and Nietzsche on difficulties
The art of travel by Alain De Botton( Visual )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A philosophical look at the ubiquitous but peculiar activity of travelling 'for pleasure'. This documentary by best selling author Alain de Botton mixes personal thought with insights drawn from some of the great figures of the past
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The consolations of philosophyStatus anxietyThe art of travelHow Proust can change your life : not a novelThe pleasures and sorrows of workA week at the airportEssays in loveThe romantic movement : sex, shopping, and the novel