Given the ecstatic (U.S.) press reviews for this, I opened it with high expectations. Sadly, I was to be disappointed: the writing style is dry and uninspiring, the texts chosen, even though 'cherry-picked' for content, are quite unable to bear the weight of interpretation put upon them, and much of the analysis given is of questionable worth.
I also found the choice of 'Western Classics' debatable, given it begins and ends with David Foster Wallace, who according to the authors is the "greatest writer of his generation; perhaps the greatest mind altogether." (p.22) Wallace and his concept of nihilism, plus Melville's 'Moby Dick' comprise the bulk of this book's focus, though Homer & Aeschylus, and Dante and Kant are also used to illustrate 'Western' society's drift from Polytheism, via Monotheism to Wallace's (and hence our!) Nihilism.
It sounds an interesting premise, even if you question how representative the authors selection might be, but the notion that "this inspirational book offers (advice) on how to live" would be frankly laughable, were it not for the fact that this is an expensive volume purporting to offer us new meaning for our lives. All this dull, and badly proof-read, volume offered this reader, was an increasing sense of the 'Emperor's New Clothes', and a much greater sense of nihilism than I had before opening it.
If you want to add greater meaning to your life, go for a walk in the countryside, or in the park, relax with some tranquil/meditative music, tell someone you care about how important they are for you, but avoid this shining disappointment.