Nunchi: The Korean Secret to Happiness and Success

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Penguin US (5 Nov 2019) Penguin UK (5 Sep 2019) Hugo et Cie (France, 5 Sep 2019). Pre-sold in 17 regions, including: Finland, France, French Canada, Germany, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Brazil, Romania, Russian, Spain, Turkey, the Ukraine, Vietnamese…

“I’ve been using The Power of Nunchi in all aspects of my life and I’ve been truly kicking ass. I even canceled my Headspace subscription and fired one of my shrinks. The best twenty dollars you’ll spend all year!” —GARY SHTEYNGART, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story 

“I haven’t enjoyed —and learned from —a book this much in ages!” —AMY CHUA, New York Times bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother 

“A must-read for anyone interested in the art of intuitively knowing what others feel.” —HAEMIN SUNIM, bestselling author of The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down and Love for Imperfect Things 

“A life-changer. . . Beautifully written and filled with actionable advice . . . It really feels like having a superpower!” —HÉCTOR GARCÍA, coauthor of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

“Given how powerful nunchi can be in our relationships and careers, I’ve often wondered whether it could be taught. Putting a modern spin on an ancient concept, Euny Hong shows that it can be, and had me laughing at and relating to her observations in this wise and witty guide.” (Juju Chang, co-anchor of ABC News’s NIGHTLINE)

“Euny Hong just taught me what I what I really want to be when I grow up: a nunchi ninja!” —Zoe Chance, Yale School of Management

“Deceptively simple yet profoundly wise”–Publishers Weekly

“It’s certainly a more profound way of looking at life than hygge or Marie Kondo’s obsession with tidying sock drawers…It should also be read by all politicians, as Brexit negotiations drag on, and by those struggling in fractious relationships, or families squabbling on holiday.”–The Times (UK)

“Move over hygge and lagom, nunchi is the new Korean wellness concept in town”–Evening Standard (UK)

“Nunchi is the Korean superpower you need now” (Evening Standard, UK)

We could all help ourselves by practising the ancient art of Nunchi” (The Times, UK)

“I love it. It’s beautiful to look at, it’s beautiful to have and to hold . . . it’s very calming. A lovely book to have in your home and your lives.” (Breakfast Show)

“In her practical and care-full guide, Euny Hong shows us how nunchi – the beautiful, still practice of mindfully reading people – can help us to live a more considered life in our distracted, digitally disconnected culture. The Power of Nunchi is the self-help bible we need.” (Sarah Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of FIRST, WE MAKE THE BEAST BEAUTIFUL)

“This book is my essential reading for 2019; it’s the golden buzzer – a simple, but life-changing, book for society” (Sunday Independent (Ireland))