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De Botton, Alain

Works: 462 works in 1,888 publications in 24 languages and 26,819 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Romance fiction  Humor  Miscellanea  Pictorial works  Educational films  Internet videos  Popular works  Humorous fiction  Drama 
Roles: Author, Creator, Narrator, Other, Interviewee, Contributor, Editor, 605
Classifications: PR6054.E1324, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alain De Botton
The architecture of happiness by Alain De Botton( Book )

70 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of architecture examines how we both shape and are shaped by our private homes and public edifices and explains how our stylistic choices can be used to increase our chances of happiness
The consolations of philosophy by Alain De Botton( Book )

99 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in 11 languages and held by 1,858 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 )

68 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,748 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
Religion for atheists : a non-believer's guide to the uses of religion by Alain De Botton( Book )

39 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,734 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 art of travel by Alain De Botton( Book )

67 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation, the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow
How Proust can change your life : not a novel by Alain De Botton( Book )

38 editions published between 1997 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 1,627 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 )

42 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,544 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?
Art as therapy by Alain De Botton( Book )

32 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,386 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
The course of love : a novel by Alain De Botton( Book )

51 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 13 languages and held by 1,375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children but no long-term relationship is as simple as happily ever after. "The Course of Love" is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence
The news : a user's manual by Alain De Botton( Book )

38 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,278 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
Essays in love by Alain De Botton( Book )

129 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in 21 languages and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Essays in Love will appeal to anyone who has ever been in a relationship or confused about love. The book charts the progress of a relationship between a man and a woman, from their first kiss to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak. The work's genius lies in the way it minutely analysis emotions we've all felt before but have perhaps never understood so well: it includes a chapter on the anxieties of when and how to say 'I love you' and another on the challenges of disagreeing with someone else's taste in shoes. While gripping the reader with the talent of a great novelist, de Botton brings a philosopher's sensibility to his analyses of the emotions of love, resulting in a genre-breaking book that is at once touching and thought-provoking."--BOOK JACKET
How to think more about sex by Alain De Botton( Book )

21 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... [In] this rigorous and supremely honest book Alain de Botton helps us navigate the intimate and exciting yet often confusing and difficult experience that is sex. Few of us tend to feel we're entirely normal when it comes to sex, and what we're supposed to be feeling rarely matches up with the reality. This book argues that 21st-century sex is ultimately fated to be a balancing act between love and desire, and adventure and commitment. ..." --Back cover
A week at the airport by Alain De Botton( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 537 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
On love by Alain De Botton( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best-selling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Art of Travel revisits his utterly charming debut novel, On Love. The narrator is smitten by Chloe on a Paris-London flight, and by the time they've reached the luggage carousel he knows he is in love. He loves her chestnut hair, watery green eyes, the gap that makes her teeth Kantian and not Platonic, and her views on Heidegger's Being and Time -- but he hates her taste in shoes. Plotting the course of their affair from the initial delirium of infatuation to the depths of suicidal despair, through a fit of anhedonia -- defined in medical texts as a disease 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, On Love is filled with profound observations and useful diagrams, examining for all of us the pain and exhilaration of love
Oak : one tree, three years, fifty paintings by Stephen Taylor( )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kiss & tell by Alain De Botton( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 375 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
The essential Plato by Plato( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 324 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."
The romantic movement : sex, shopping, and the novel by Alain De Botton( Book )

22 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and Turkish and held by 315 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
The art of travel by Alain De Botton( Recording )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 257 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
TEDTalks : Alain de Botton - Atheism 2.0( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists"--Call it Atheism 2.0 - that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual, and transcendence. Through his witty and literate books and his School of Life, Alain de Botton helps others find fulfillment in the everyday
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How Proust can change your life : not a novel
The consolations of philosophyStatus anxietyThe art of travelHow Proust can change your life : not a novelThe pleasures and sorrows of workEssays in loveA week at the airportOn love
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