Book Therapy: Reading is Life
What can books do for us? Is reading useful? Is it therapeutic? Can it make us happy? Can it provide us with the spiritual resources necessary to shield ourselves from adversity? Can literature be prescribed? Does it benefit both body and soul? Science increasingly acknowledges the benefits of books. Studies show that the effects of reading can be equated with those of meditation and medicine.
Readers sleep better, they experience lower levels of stress and depression and have higher self-esteem than non-readers. Reading prolongs life and changes us in an essential way; good fiction expands our horizons, it helps us to understand others better, it teaches us empathy. Each chapter of Book Therapy is a formula for getting closer to the authors, the contexts, the fragments and the reflections that have provided Jordi Nadal – author and editor of these and many other pages – with a soothing balm in difficult moments and which have acted as a guide for each important decision. This is a recipe book for living more lives than just our own, and which serves to confirm the validity of Montesquieu’s words: “I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.”
Jordi Nadal is a distinguished Publisher, Editor and Founder at Plataforma Editorial in Barcelona, regular contributer to Spanish National Newspaper, La Vanguardia, and author of Book Therapy.
Nadal was born in Lliçà d’Amunt (Barcelona) in 1962 and holds a degree in Germanic Studies from the University of Barcelona. In 1998 he completed his studies in Stanford Professional Publishing Course.
He began his career at Vicens Vives and continued at Herder (Germany). Among other positions, he has been director of EDHASA, editorial and publications director of Círculo de Lectores, consultant at Random House in New York, general director of corporate development for Spain and America at Grupo Plaza & Janés and assistant director at Ediciones Paidós, as well as Deputy General Manager at Planeta Agostini Profesional and Formación.
He is co-author of the book Meditando el Management… y la vida (Planeta, 2007, Plataforma Editorial, 2012) and Libros o velocidad. Reflexiones sobre el oficio editorial (Fondo de Cultura Económica, Madrid and Mexico, 2005), and author of Todo tan cerca (Poliedro, 2005) (translated into 6 languagues), El paraíso interior (Plataforma, Editorial, 2011), Todo lo que tengo es el silencio (Estrella, 2020), Libroterapia (Plataforma, 2020) and La invención de la bicicleta (Plataforma, 2020).