Al-Ghazzali's The Alchemy of Happiness Abridged

Translated by Claud Field As a practical mystic, Ghazzali's aim was to make man better by leading him from a merely rational acquiescence in the stereotype creed of Islam to a real knowledge of God. The first four chapters of his monumental The Alchemy of Happiness (Kimiya-i-Sa'adat) are a commentary on the famous Hadith: "He who knows himself knows his Lord"

A Hologram for the King

In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment — and a moving story of how we got here.