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De Botton, Alain

Works: 413 works in 1,721 publications in 19 languages and 26,369 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Romance fiction  Humor  Miscellanea  Pictorial works  Educational films  Internet videos  Popular works  History  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Creator, 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 )

72 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,942 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 )

103 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 1,891 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 8 languages and held by 1,729 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 )

66 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,668 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
Religion for atheists : a non-believer's guide to the uses of religion by Alain De Botton( Book )

38 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,611 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
How Proust can change your life : not a novel by Alain De Botton( Book )

35 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,560 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 )

43 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,536 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 )

27 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,298 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 news : a user's manual by Alain De Botton( Book )

35 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The news is everywhere. We can't stop constantly checking it on our computes, 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
The course of love : a novel by Alain De Botton( Book )

28 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 1,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does it mean to live happily ever after? At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next? Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning. From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is the story of modern relationships and how to survive them. Playful, wise and profoundly moving, The Course of Love is a delightful return to the novel by Alain de Botton, twenty years after his debut Essays in Love
A week at the airport by Alain De Botton( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the bestselling author of "The Art of Travel" comes a wittily intriguing exploration of that strange "non-place"--The airport-- that he believes is the imaginative center of our civilization
How to think more about sex by Alain De Botton( Book )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 553 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
On love by Alain De Botton( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and Turkish and held by 439 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 romantic movement : sex, shopping, and the novel by Alain De Botton( Book )

26 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 398 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
Essays in love by Alain De Botton( Book )

39 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 391 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
Kiss & tell by Alain De Botton( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man accused by women of narcissism tries to show more interest in his next one, only to discover that women don't like too much attention either. A romantic comedy set in Britain
The essential Plato by Plato( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 313 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 art of travel by Alain De Botton( Recording )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 261 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
Status anxiety by Alain De Botton( Recording )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 257 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. With the help of philosophers, artists, and writers, Alain de Botton examines the origins of status anxiety before revealing ingenious ways in which people have been able to overcome their worries in the search for happiness. The result is a book that isn't just highly entertaining and thought-provoking but genuinely wise and helpful, too
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
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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 airportOn loveThe romantic movement : sex, shopping, and the novel