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Eric Weiner, author of The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers

We turn to philosophy for the same reasons we travel: to see the world from a different perspective, to unearth hidden beauty, and to find new ways of being. We want to learn how to embrace wonder. Face regrets. Sustain hope. Eric Weiner combines his twin passions for philosophy and global travel in a pilgrimage that uncovers surprising life lessons from great thinkers around the world, from Rousseau to Nietzsche, Confucius to Simone Weil. Traveling by train (the most thoughtful mode of transport), he journeys thousands of miles, making stops in Athens, Delhi, Wyoming, Coney Island, Frankfurt and points in between to reconnect with philosophy’s original purpose: teaching us how to lead wiser, more meaningful lives.

Week of August 9, 2021

Paperback releases for the week of August 9th include THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks, in which an injured Navy doctor meets two extremely important women whose secrets will change the course of his life; BROKEN, a collection of tales from Don Winslow that are connected by the themes of crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt and redemption; Gilly Macmillan's TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, a serpentine thriller that cleverly blends atmosphere, tarnished memories, mystery and twisty secrets from the past into a potent, intense read that will leave you questioning everything you believe; and THE SOCRATES EXPRESS, which finds Eric Weiner embarking on a rollicking intellectual journey, following in the footsteps of history’s greatest thinkers and showing us how each --- from Epicurus to Gandhi, Thoreau to Beauvoir --- offers practical and spiritual lessons for today’s unsettled times.