Books That Inspire 2011

The Moviegoer
Walker Percy

"The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair."

Binx Bolling, a successful New Orleans stockbroker and Korean war veteran, lost track of his search and spends his time seeking pleasure. Fifty years ago, the book questioned the American Way of Life as a route to happiness, and reminds us that only if we involve ourselves fully into meaningful activities and use our strengths towards something larger than us, can we achieve a full life.

Brigitte Steinheider
Associate Professor