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I am in the middle of reading this book,and so far the author comes off as just another ivy league educated privileged woman who enjoys advising sad people on how to not be so sad. There are some good passages however, I feel like a woman who has lived the type of life she has is not the right person to address the overall topic of suffering. And the fact that she conducted some of her interviews at Princeton (her alma mater) of all places, which is like the epitome of American privilege, shows how tone deaf she really is. I also downloaded her other book, "quiet...," Because I was interested in reading a book by another introvert like myself, but she comes off as self-centered and even uppity at times, with a "woe is me" attitude...when I am pretty sure this woman wouldn't know true woe if it smacked her in the face. She is a gifted writer, but should use her talents to address topics more appropriate to herself and her lifestyle.
I enjoyed Susan Cain's book Quiet a lot, so I expected to love this book, too. I barely got one chapter in before I gave up. This book talks a lot about mysticism and various other "isms", so it wasn't what I was expecting at all. In my opinion, it's not very "down to earth", and I found myself plodding through it. Disappointing.
There are no takeaways here, no insights, really. The book is all over the place and the questions asked by the chapter titles are not definitively answered. Fairly depressing and I don't think that is the author's intention.