Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

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

“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.

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ISBN-13: 9781453216347
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 243,877
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Walker Percy (1916–1990) was one of the most prominent American writers of the twentieth century. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he was the oldest of three brothers in an established Southern family that contained both a Civil War hero and a U.S. senator. Acclaimed for his poetic style and moving depictions of the alienation of modern American culture, Percy was the bestselling author of six fiction titles—including the classic novel The Moviegoer (1961), winner of the National Book Award—and fifteen works of nonfiction. In 2005, Time magazinenamed The Moviegoer one of the best English-language books published since 1923.

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Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly the most effective "Self Help" book, because it points out that the "Self" cannot be understood.  Most of the problems in modern life are not due to our "selves" but due to our environment.  Walker Percy may not have said it in this way, but humans were not made for happiness, but for virtue.  Few people can disagree with that statement b/c barely anyone knows what it means anymore.  "It's all in Plato" - C. S. Lewis
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Lost in The Cosmos is just as relevant now in the age of Dr. Phil and Fear Factor as it was in 1983. A word to the timid, however: Percy's explanation of Semiotic theory may take more than one reading to fully grasp. For what it's worth, those who understand are more likely to never pick up another self-help book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this brilliant book does not make you think and laugh, then you are rather homuorless and thoughtless, like Francine Plessix du Gray--in her humorless, witless shallow review.