Endangered Pleasures (Little, Brown, 1995; Harper Perennial, 2000)
"Subtly, in little ways, joy has been leaking out of our lives," writes Holland. She'd like us all to have a better time: "Indeed, pleasure may be almost as good for our health as broccoli ... Let us then strive to be merry. Gloom we have always with us, a rank and sturdy weed, but joy requires tending. Pleasure itself is endangered."
Scenery, bad words, praise, the songs of our youth, whistling, gardening, bare feet and lunch are among the "small pleasures of the ordinary day," according to Holland.
"An engaging reminder of ... the simple pleasures of life that are slipping away as we move faster and work harder."
"...Marvel at the degree to which Ms. Holland captures on paper the many delights in life."
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