Synopses & Reviews
Something to be happy about: This mesmerizing bestseller is revised and updated. Originally published 25 years ago (happy anniversary!) from a list that Barbara Ann Kipfer started making as a child, it's the book that marries obsession with happiness. And it now has 2,000 fresh and more current reasons to be happy:
Rabbit tracks in the snow.
Kiteboarding and kitesurfing.
Scoring super-high on a Scrabble turn.
White cupcakes with multicolored sprinkles.
Big red barns.
20 minutes all to yourself.
No opinions, no explanations, no asides, no footnotes, editorializing, or proselytizing. Just the simple premise of a list of things that make us smile. With its chunky shape, striking black-and-white cover, and 100 whimsical illustrations by Pierre Le-Tan, the new 14,000 Things is an irresistible catalog of good thoughts completely updated to reflect today's world--and an uplifting gift for people of all moods and all ages.
It's pure happiness, expressed in its myriad shapes, colors, and textures. For every day, here's a list of five little things that will fetch a smile, warm the soul, and turn a routine moment into a special one. Illustrated. Shrink-wrapped. Boxed.
No opinions, no explanations, no asides, footnotes, editorializing, or proselytizing. And all in a plain white cover with large black type. With over one million copies in print, 14,000 Things to Be Happy About
is the mesmerizing bestseller that celebrates all the little things that make life worth living. Any random page is an instant pick-me-up, and reading it is as irresistible as popcorn:
• new babies
• a well-crafted chair
• having a sense of your own space
• a real person answering the phone
• leaves snuggled around the foundations of old country houses
• staying home on New Year’s Eve
Now revised and updated, with 1,500 new entries—the feel of the fur in Ugg boots, a favorite television program caught on TiVo—14,000 Things to Be Happy About is a panacea for a new time and a new generation, an antidote to the all-too-many things we might be unhappy about. Adding to the pleasure are 125 joyous and jewel-like illustrations from Pierre Le-Tan.
Smile lines, a Hawaiian beach shack, podcasting, children at recess, garden gnomes, downward facing dog in yoga, comfy chairs in large bookstores, pot stickers, bobsledding, painting the ceiling sky-blue, guitar lessons, and one perfect day.
NOW REVISED WITH 1,500 NEW ENTRIES
A quirky, compulsive, irresistible list of all the little things that make us happy. Items, places, thoughts, celebrations & our daily bread. 125 illustrations.
About the Author
Barbara Ann Kipfer is the author of more than 45 books, ranging from 14,000 Things to Be happy About to Roget's International Thesaurus, 7th Edition. She holds numerous degrees, including a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in linguistics, a Ph.D. in archaeology, and a Ph.D.. in Buddhist studies. She is a lexicographer and ethnographist and lives in New England.