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The book of hygge : the Danish art of contentment, comfort, and connection
2017
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Brits, who's half Danish and half English, considers the Danish practice of hygge (pronounced HYOO-guh), a word that can be used as noun, verb (hygger), or adjective (hyggelig), in this inviting book that painstakingly explains how the Danes, "among the happiest people in the world," have woven the concept into their lives. She divides the book into sections on belonging, shelter, comfort, well-being, simplicity, and observance, with photos by Susan Bell used as appealing accents throughout. Hygge, Brits explains, can cover a wide variety of experiences, both private moments such as relaxing with a cup of tea and public moments joining friends for a candlelight dinner or walk on the beach. Brits shares insights about Danish culture; children are taught hygge early on, and raised with egalitarian values. Danish furniture also reflects the concept (practicality, simplicity, and quality) and homes are often low-rise buildings (many Danes, she explains, also own modest summer cottages). In this cultural environment, pomposity, ostentation, and aggression are neither encouraged nor admired. In increasingly fast-paced and competitive America, hygge has considerable appeal; readers may very well find reading Brits's compact and enjoyable book the literary version of the practice. Agent: Sophie Hicks, Sophie Hicks Agency (U.K.). (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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"One of the best guides to creating a more socially connected and rewarding life." --Shelf Awareness <br> <br> Hygge (hoo-gah) is a Danish word but a universal feeling of being warm, safe, comforted, and sheltered--an experience of belonging to the moment and to each other. When life gets hectic, work grows stressful, and the days fly by, unplug and tune in. <br> <br> Hygge anchors us, reminding us to slow down, to connect with place and with one another, to dwell and savor rather than rush and spend. <br> <br> When you curl up by the fire with a blanket, or have a simple meal with friends, that is hygge. When you acknowledge the sacred in the secular, or focus on people rather than things, or when you express love through small gestures, that is hygge. <br> <br> The Book of Hygge is an invitation to welcome abundance and contentment into your life. It is a call to live more fully by focusing on what moves you.<br> <br> With beautiful full-color photographs and instructive meditations on relishing the everyday, it is your essential guide to cultivating the coziness that has made Danes the happiest people in the world. A perfect gift, The Book of Hygge is designed with an unjacketed, textured cover and crisp, clean interiors.<br> <br> As seen in the The New Yorker .
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