Search for books, people and lists
Read This Twice
HomePeopleBooksSonaLibrariesSign in

Alain de Botton

Recommended Books

Alain de Botton, FRSL is a Swiss-born British philosopher and author. His books discuss various contemporary subjects and themes, emphasizing philosophy's relevance to everyday life. He published Essays in Love, which went on to sell two million copies.
4 books on the list
Sort by
Latest Recommendations First
The Arab of the Future book cover
The Arab of the Future
A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984
Riad Sattouf - 2015-10-20 (first published in 2014)
Goodreads Rating
This graphic memoir depicts Riad Sattouf's nomadic childhood under the shadows of three dictators – Gaddafi, al-Assad, and his father. Through his striking and virtuoso graphic style, Sattouf enraptures readers in his family's pursuit of grand dreams for the Arab nation. Despite the hardship they endure, the family tightly holds onto their vision of paradise. Full of dark humor and life, The Arab of the Future paints a vivid picture of an absurd Middle East and introduces a master cartoonist in a work that is sure to stand alongside Maus and Persepolis.
Alain de Botton
This book by @RiadSattouf is truly wonderful and very much recommended.      source
The Unbearable Lightness of Being book cover
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
A Novel (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Milan Kundera - 2009-10-27 (first published in 1984)
Goodreads Rating
Explore the complexities of love, lust, and fidelity in a story of a young woman caught in between the affections of a womanizing man and his devoted mistress. Milan Kundera's masterful writing presents a tale that spans across different locations, thought-provoking philosophies, and various literary styles. A must-read from a celebrated author.
Alain de Botton
A book that I gave out a lot.      source
Recommended by
Justin Boreta
Montaigne book cover
Complete Essays
Michel de Montaigne - 1993-09-07 (first published in 1580)
Goodreads Rating
Discover the essay mastermind, Montaigne, through his collection of reflections. In these essays, Montaigne shares honest, humorous, and skeptical views on unexpected themes like sexuality, religion, cannibals, intellectuals, and more. A must-read, featuring renowned works such as "On Solitude," "To Philosophize Is to Learn How to Die," and "On Experience."
Alain de Botton
I’ve given quite a lot of copies of The Complete Essays to people down the years.      source
Swann's Way book cover
Swann's Way
Marcel Proust - 1988-03-01 (first published in 1913)
Goodreads Rating
This collectible edition in the Penguin Drop Caps series features "P" for a preeminent novel of childhood and sexual jealousy. Swann's Way by an acclaimed author is an incomparable study of human condition and a perfect rendering of life in art. Get lost in the sensitive boy's impressions of family and neighbors brought to life years later by a taste of a madeleine. Perfect to showcase on your shelves or give as an elegant gift.
Alain de Botton
About a search for how you can stop wasting your life and start to appreciate life and live fully.      source
Recommended by
Susan J. Fowler