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Géraud Guillet leads us step by step toward seven universal pillars of happiness we can rely on to help us greet life with joy: Meaning, Truth, Strategy, Love, Body and Mind, Trust, and Giving. Guillet had the idea for the book after taking part in a humanitarian mission in the Philippines. He asked himself how it was possible that the people he encountered there faced every day full of joy, despite the most adverse circumstances. With accounts of extraordinary destinies and through striking statements and numerous references to literature, philosophy, and film, Guillet offers readers a unique experience, immersing them in a process that, page after page, shows how to distinguish between those things that cause personal unhappiness and those that are crucial for happiness. Simple but effective tasks embedded between the chapters challenge readers to grapple directly with their own happiness. The goal is a deep engagement with the self and the design of a valuable life strategy that allows nothing to stand in the way of personal happiness. ‘Everyone is the architect of their own happiness’, says the adage; and Géraud Gillet manages to support us in our search for happiness in an encouraging and inspiring way.
Géraud Guillet
Happy in 41 Minutes
Kommode Verlag
128 pages, 15×21 CM
flexo cover, thread binding

After searching for literature to help her understand her own autistic perceptions, Maria Zimmermann decided to write a book about the subject herself. In the process, she learned how much the language we use to talk about something shapes our relationship with it. She speaks of ‘discovery’ rather than ‘diagnosis’; ‘traits’ rather than ‘symptoms’; ‘being autistic’ rather than ‘having autism’; ‘in the spectrum’ rather than ‘on the spectrum’; ‘sensory sensitivity’ rather than ‘sensory processing disorder’; ‘peculiarities’ rather than ‘difficulties’. In short: ‘Different’, not ‘wrong’.
Maria Zimmermann
Different, Not Wrong
Kommode Verlag
220 pages, 15×21 CM
flexo cover, thread binding

In her debut novel, Shubhangi Swarup narrates an epic love story, following the interconnected lives of diverse protagonists searching for real connection and intimacy as they venture across the Indian subcontinent. We follow a scientist who studies trees and a clairvoyant who talks to and understands them; a geologist who wants put an end to senseless wars over a glacier; a pair of 80-year-old lovers; a mother struggling to free her revolutionary son; a yeti seeking human companionship; a turtle that undergoes miraculous transformations; and the spirit of an evaporated ocean as restless as the drifting continents. All are united by a vision of life as vast as the universe itself.
Shubhangi Swarup
Breadths of Desire.
Kommode Verlag
350 pages, 11×18 CM
hardcover, thread binding, with ribbon