Lost in the Cosmos by Walker Percy
The Last Self-Help Book

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For all his chiding Percy never loses a kind of existential optimism. We may not know our Selves, but we certainly can embrace their journey, the romantic encounter with our own mystery that fills us with meaning.
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“A mock self-help book designed not to help but to provoke; a chapbook to inveigle us into thinking about who we are and how we got into this mess.” —Los Angeles Times Book ReviewPublished at the height of the 1980s self-help boom, Lost in the Cosmos is Percy’s unforgettable riff on the trend that swept the nation. Filled with quizzes, essays, short stories, and diagrams, Lost in the Cosmos is a laugh-out-loud spin on a familiar genre that also pushes readers to serious contemplation of life’s biggest questions. One part parody and two parts philosophy, Lost in the Cosmos is an enlightening guide to the dilemmas of human existence, and an unrivaled spin on self-help manuals by one of modern America’s greatest literary masters.
 

About Walker Percy

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Walker Percy wrote several books, many of them bestsellers, and is considered one of the greatest American writers of our time. He dies in 1990.
 
Published March 29, 2011 by Open Road Media. 271 pages
Genres: Self Help, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Adam Frank on Jul 30 2012

For all his chiding Percy never loses a kind of existential optimism. We may not know our Selves, but we certainly can embrace their journey, the romantic encounter with our own mystery that fills us with meaning.

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