If you have summer travel plans, our collection of guidebooks can definitely help with the planning. But, you might want to think about taking your trip abroad one step further by reading a work of fiction set in that country as well. Immerse yourself in a story, and you'll view your destination with an even broader perspective. Here are some guidebooks and fiction titles to consider if you are heading to any of these places:

France

Italy

     In 2012, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed March 20 to be the International Day of Happiness – a day when the world celebrates happiness as a fundamental human right and goal for all of humanity. The UN resolution was initiated by Bhutan, a country that measures wellbeing not by Gross Domestic Product but rather by Gross National Happiness.  Although the day is about increasing world happiness through equity, poverty eradication, and sustainable economic growth, it is also about developing joy and happiness in ourselves.

     If you would like to participate in this year’s celebration, the library has options for you:

The art of happiness : a handbook for living by 1935- Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho
Also available in: e-book