• Persuasive attack on the idea that happiness is the goal we should aim for... elegant...valuable.
    Wall Street Journal
  • An intelligent page-turner… In a world that seems caught between pure hedonism and divisive sectarianism, the book mounts a timely challenge.
    Prospect (UK)
  • Beautifully written, The Power of Meaning speaks to the yearning we all share for a life of depth and significance.
    Susan Cain, author of Quiet


About Emily

Emily Esfahani Smith is a writer in Washington DC. Her book The Power of Meaning was published in 2017 by Crown and has been translated into 16 different languages. The former managing editor of The New Criterion, Smith’s articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and other publications.



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