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This review is from: Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life (Paperback)
I bought this book because I'd borrowed Gretchen Rubin's first book from the library and really enjoyed it and the reservation queue for this book was so long; but also, because I felt that I had freeloaded enough on her blog and it seemed fair to reciprocate in buying the book (plus there is a lot of promotion of the book on her blog, which is fair enough!)
I don't think that this book adds all that much to the first and, indeed, some of the paragraphs are practically identical. That said, I found it a very compelling read and finished the book in two sittings over a couple of days. I think part of the fascination for me is that you get a really detailed insight into the lives of an extremely privileged, well-connected family (apparently) living a dream life in Manhattan.
It would be easy to dismiss the books as the self-involved complaining of someone who has never known any real hardship (a fact the author acknowledges herself multiple times). However, the fact that she deals with the same inner turmoil and petty grievances as the rest of us is reassuring. I like her very frank and honest style (sometimes too frank in writing about the short-comings of her husband and some of her friends)and feel that she writes with a complete truth that hooks you in.