Books by John Leland

HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE YOU MAKE by John Leland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"In this edifying and often quite moving book, Leland presents the 'lessons' taught by his subjects even as they themselves are learning them, and he does so with an empathy and thoroughness that deserve our gratitude."
New York Times reporter Leland (Why Kerouac Matters, 2007, etc.) chronicles the year he spent communing with the "oldest old," gleaning as much of value about his own life as about those he followed. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2007

"A harmless enough entertainment, but vaporous and rather frivolous—an attempt, one suspects, to ride the crest of an anniversary wave that has yet to take shape."
A pop-culture trifle that tries too hard to make its already accessible subject au courant among the 20-somethings. Read full book review >
HIP by John Leland
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"Codifies underground myths for both academe's cult-studs and the trucker-hat set."
Comprehensive but overwrought account of how American-style coolness became the purported universal ideal. Read full book review >