When Napoli met the handsome Sebastian at a cookbook party in New York City, she was intrigued by this man who traveled to Bhutan regularly. And when the accomplished L.A.-based journalist (MSNBC, CNN, public radio's Marketplace) researched the country about which he spoke so enthusiastically, she became entranced with Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom that sits between India and China. This country--dubbed "the happiest on earth" because of its focus on environmental and social progress--is hard to get to, with its remote location and governmental deterrents to tourism, like a per-person, per-day tourist tax. But a friend of Sebastian's needs help with startup radio station Kuzoo FM, so Napoli leaves L.A. and goes to Bhutan for six weeks. She writes, "After more than two decades of reducing even the most complex issues to 1,000 words or less, I was tired of observing life from a distance." While the author turns an eye on her own motivations (nothing further developed with Sebastian), she refrains from tortured navel-gazing and instead shares and reflects on Bhutan's people, history, and customs (from painting phalluses on houses to repel evil spirits to Buddhism's role in daily life). Napoli's adventures at home and abroad, in nature and career and spirit, will delight readers. (Feb.)
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A successful journalist working for public radio in Los Angeles, Napoli hit a wall. Burned out and overwhelmed by regret, she wondered how to recharge her life. Enter a friend of a friend with connections to the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan. In 2006, this Buddhist kingdom, long cocooned against the outside world, launched a new youth radio station, Kuzoo FM (kuzoo zampo means hello). Would Napoli like to volunteer as a consultant? So begins a love affair with a land unlike any other, a bond that lifts Napoli out of her blues and enriches the lives of the young people with whom she works. The stories of the wildly popular station are charming and gracefully revealing as Napoli shares her experiences of Bhutan�s magnificent landscape, fiery cuisine, and openhanded daily life in a society that measures its achievements not with a Gross National Product but, rather, with Gross National Happiness. Napoli�s engaging, keenly observed, and informative chronicle captures Bhutan midmetamorphosis as it transforms itself into a democracy and as media and the Internet redefine the Bhutanese concept of contentment. --Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I have always been interested in Bhutan and when I met the author last month it awakened my interest so I purchased the book. Read morePublished 17 days ago by D Breen
Light reading and interesting, especially when describing Bhutan. Somewhat repetitive, but take it to the beach..and enjoy!Published 3 months ago by Nancy R. Gray
I read this book quickly because I couldn't get enough of it. I wanted to be in Bhutan on Napoli's adventure. She's filled the story with details of place, food and personalities. Read morePublished 10 months ago by MEL RYANE
This was a good read, I am in a book club and we have not reviewed it yet.Published 10 months ago by Margaret Linderman
It was interesting, but would like to have read more about country and the people. Felt the author was searching in wrong place for happiness. It is within oneself not a country.Published 10 months ago by Pat C.
The author, an American radio journalist, looks back over her life in her forties: she thinks she has failed everything and doesn’t feel happy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tatiana
This is not a book about Bhutan...this is a book about the author. Wikipedia will give you more information about the country and its people. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Poot728
Read it for my Book Club and we had a woman speak to us that had also read it and been to Bhutan.Published 16 months ago by Joan P. McLean