Book Group

Book Discussion Group on “How to Live a Good Life”
This is a book discussion group by Paul Baier that meets in Newton, MA
Readings and meeting times listed on this Meetup website.

Group Goal and Meeting Format
  • The goal is to understand different views on how to live a good life. The group is aimed at adults age 45+. The key questions
    • What is a “good life”? How is it defined?
    • How do others advocate for finding happiness, contentment, and serenity?
    • Practically, how should one best manage career, family, friendships, community?
    • What can one learn from others about managing one’s life in their 40s, 50s and 60s?
    • What are different concepts of the meaning of life?
    • How does one age vibrantly and gracefully?
  • Format
    • 7p-8p Part 1: Moderated discussion 60 min
      • Goal is to understand what the author is saying. Start with 3-5 written questions
    • 8:p Part 2: Open discussion  30 min
      • Do I agree or disagree with the author? Why?
      • How does this reading change my view?
    • 8:30p end

Readings (aim for <2hours of reading time)

We aim to use the same version of each reading to make it easier when referring to page numbers and to avoid translation issues (the links below are to a version sold on Amazon)

Completed Readings
  1. On Contentment, by Plutarch. Ask Paul for PDF version 
  2. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  3. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  4. On Friendship by Cicero and Aristotle's 3 Types of Friendship
  5. Living a Life that Matters by Harold Kushner
  6. On Old Age by Cicero
  7. Wait, What? by James Ryan
  8. The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
  9. Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
  10. Letters to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
  11. The Manual or Enchiridion by Epictetus
  12. A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf

Other reading candidates