Recently, a I came across an YouTube channel: The School of Life while browsing YouTube for videos on Stoicism. I was astonished by the content in the channel and variety of topics it consists with enough focus on graphics. It might be not new to many of you but I say its worth of checking out if you are hearing it for the first time.
After some time, browsing through their videos and stuff I went to their website and to satisfy my curiosity to know more. Looks like they have a dozen books published under the succession of The School of Life. You can check the list of books published by them here on Goodreads.com.
Some of the titles are really fascinating and are written by authors such as Alain De Botton and Sara Maitland. I picked few the most fascinating ones and started to read. How to be Alone by Sara Maitland & How to Stay Sane by Philippa Perry. After reading them, I concluded that the books are short in length, merely the length of a novella, around 120 to 140 pages each. There is an element of simple approach by authors to keep the book simple. You can certainly finish one of these in one sitting.
These books are a great introduction to the various other books (if you pick, don’t forget to check the bibliography section at the end of each book), and philosophy, psychology, visual arts and a bit of pragmatic approaches that one can adapt to enhance the living. One can learn a little from them but it can turn out to be a start of something big, an another dimension of knowledge that you are yet to explore.
Another thing that made me curious about this project is their Bibliotherapy section. The have detailed amount of information on their website. They even provide one on one sessions, physically if you are in London, UK or through phone or Skype. I was first introduced to this term in the book The Novel Cure: an A-Z of Literary Remedies by Ella Berthoud, Susan Eldurkin which is a great example of Bibliotherapy. The blurb of the book is enough to define what Bibliotherapy is:
Structured like a reference book, it allows readers to simply look up their ailment, whether it be agoraphobia, boredom, or midlife crisis, then they are given the name of a novel to read as the antidote.
Bibliotherapy does not discriminate between pains of the body and pains of the heart.
I remember reading it last year and I think it will be good addition to your TBR list. There is no straight way to read this book, it is meant for to be use as a reference.
That’s all for now, I’ll be reviewing some of the books or at least sharing some of my learning from them, here on this blog soon. Till then, Happy Reading!
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