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Index card 014 - Books about books
Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton & John Amstrong

Can reading make you happy? Some years ago, while working in the library of a botanical garden in Culiacan, Mexico, a good friend of mine sent me an article from the New York Times that had the same question as the title. The article talks mainly about Bibliotherapy and an internet project I was unfamiliar with, at the moment, called The School of Life. I remember I immediately went to their website and booked a Bibliotherapy session. One of my main interests was to understand the weird relationships behind books and feelings. This opened me to a new set of possibilities when thinking about public libraries. I immediately started a small collection, trying to “cure” some of the emotional scars of the city I lived in: high violence index and a civil culture polluted by druglords.

Alain De Botton is a philosopher, essayist, and one of the persons behind The School of Life. John Armstrong is also a philosopher and a writer. Together they wrote an extraordinary book on how art affects our life. They explore the emotional scars that art can heal and how it relates to love, sex, money, and politics.

So, can reading makes us happy? With all sincerity, I think it does. But most importantly, it can help us feel our sadness more profoundly, amplifies our memory, gives us balance and perspective, gives us new clues about who we are, and let us appreciate our surrounding. Art can help us forgive and move on. Art as therapy. In this book, you will find how and why this process happens and how everyone can apply the idea to their lives.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful book as much as I did when I first encountered it. And if you want a complimentary Bibliotherapy session, shoot me an email, and we can schedule a date. 

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A book can also exist as an autonomous and self-sufficient form, including perhaps a text that emphasizes that form, a text that is an organic part of that form: here begins the new art of making books. (Ulises Carrion)

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