The Wish List is a quirky little gift book that sounds an irresistible call to get out there and start living. In the same chunky format as the authorfs bestselling 14,000 Things to Be Happy About, The Wish List presents a compulsively readable list of unexpected goals. There are wishes largeretrace Odysseus' route around the Mediterraneanand wishes smallfind a genuine arrowhead. There are artistic wisheswrite a sonnet. Athletic wisheslearn to box. Practical wishesmaster the rudiments of plumbing. Whimsical wishesbecome a taster at Ben & Jerry's. And fantasy wisheslive in a Venetian palazzo. The Wish List is meant to plant seeds, jog us out of complacency, and articulate unspoken desires.
63,000 copies in print.
|Publisher:||Workman Publishing Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||4.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.94(d)|
About the Author
Barbara Ann Kipfer is the author of numerous Workman books including 14,000 Things to be Happy About. She is a lexicographer and author whose many works include thesauri and other reference books, spiritually themed books, and list books. She lives in New England. Her website is thingstobehappyabout.com.
Read an Excerpt
Invent a new Haagen-Dazs flavor
Bungee jump off a bridge
Teach a child to read
Sleep on the Acropolis
Fill my garden with perfumed geraniums
Live in a house with an unobstructed view of mountains
Drive a Mercedes on the German Autobahn
Ask for a miracleand get it
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We often get caught up in our day to day life and forget about our goals and dreams. This is a great book that helps you remember those gaols and dreams and create new ones. Couples can go through it together too and talk about things they want to do or places they want to go. I have given this as a gift and have recommened to several people.
this little book of life goals is very inspirational and inspiring to the soul. gets you thinking about ways to reach your dreams!
I gave this book as a college graduation gift a couple of years ago when I didn't have a lot of money. The graduate called me to express his thanks and told me how much he loved the book. Said it meant so much more than receiving money or a pen or the usual graduation gifts. Ran into him last week and he said he keeps the book close at hand and uses it constantly. He said he has started giving it as gifts. I too continue to give it as a graduation gift. Thoroughly enjoyable.
I was taught by Mark Scharenbroich, a motivational speaker, that everyone should have a wish list for their life, and to constantly update it and check on it to remind yourself what you should be working toward. Mine currently has 111 items on it, from professional awards I want to win to dogs I want to own to stars I want to meet to skills I want to learn. This book is a great way to start your own wish list, get ideas to add to your current one, or use as your own if you don't have time right now to make one!
Some wishes are better left unfulfilled. Remember how the genie's 3 wishes always seemed to backfire on the magic-lamp rubber? Did you ever read 'The Monkey's Paw'? Yeesh. You really have to watch out what you wish for--you might get it, goes the old saw. So in counterbalance to this relentlessly upbeat volume, I wish you'd read 'I Wish I Didn't.' A loose parody of The Wish List, it also has the virtue of being outrageously funny. And laughter's something worth wishing for!