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The Passion for Life

By Kay Redfield Jamison

    Ms. Jamison, in her latest book, Exuberance: The Passion for Life, draws heavily on her love of nature. She incorporates many experiences from her studies and love for two naturalists: John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt. She can take a simple thing like the study of a snowflake (as recorded by Wilson Bentley, who was obsessed with them) and creates a world of peace, beauty and complete rest within oneself. She uses many different animals to drive her points home.

     If you have ever suffered from depression or discouragement, this book can shake your being to the core. She will get you giggling and laughing over the simplest things, and that laughter will soon spread to others.

     Exuberance: The Passion for Life is not a deep, psychological textbook. It is written for the common person who needs to learn how to appreciate life to the fullest. I highly recommend this book for anyone, no matter what your present state of mind. It is guaranteed to improve your life, wherever you are.

The Book

Alfred A. Knopf
Nonfiction/ Misc. / Psychology and Psychiatry
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The Reviewer

Janet Elaine Smith
Reviewed 2005
NOTE: Janet Elaine Smith is the author of 12 published novels, as well as a well-known magazine writer of over 25 years. Her next Patrick and Grace Mystery, Old Habits Die Hard, should be out this spring.
© 2005