The Dust Jacket: Hector is a young psychiatrist in Paris who does not understand why his patients in this most beautiful of cities are unhappy. So he decides to take a trip around the world–from Paris to China to Africa to the United States–and to keep a list of observations about the people he meets, hoping to find the secret to happiness.
Combining the winsome appeal of “The Little Prince” with the inspiring philosophy of “The Alchemist,” Hector’s journey around the world and into the human soul is entertaining, empowering, and smile inducing–as winning in its optimism as it is wise in its simplicity.
My Take: Hector and the Search for Happiness is a novel. It’s self -help. It’s….awesome. Even though I couldn’t manage to figure out where this should be shelved at a bookstore, it certainly didn’t confuse me with its message. Happiness. We’re all after it. Reveling in it. Lusting after it. It’s what every good parent wants for their child. But what makes a person happy … or unhappy for that matter?
Perfect For: Your self-reflective friend who’s always on the hunt for an ah ha moment.