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Nonfiction

The Almost Nearly Perfect People

by Michael Booth

Quick take

Part travelogue, part sociological examination, The Almost Nearly Perfect People is a fascinating romp through Scandinavia punctuated by Booth's witty, sometimes acerbic, observations.

Why I love it

Happiness—that elusive condition of ideal human existence—has been the subject of a number of books over the last few years, but none, perhaps, has delved quite as deeply into the contentment of a specific people as Michael Booth's The Almost Nearly Perfect People.

The premise of the book is born out of this question, which seems to nag the author at every turn: Why are the Scandinavian countries ...