Book of the Week

Does Santa Exist by Eric Kaplan.  PA Photo/Handout/Little, Brown
Does Santa Exist by Eric Kaplan. PA Photo/Handout/Little, Brown

Does Santa Exist? by Eric Kaplan

At first glance, Eric Kaplan’s Does Santa Exist? looks like a perfect fit for the “toilet book” genre - a whimsical “philosophical investigation” from a comedy screenwriter whose credits include

On closer inspection, we have something rather odder and deeper. Kaplan turns out to be a Berkeley-trained philosopher and former Buddhist monk.

Kaplan wears his learning lightly and has some very good jokes.

Compassionate and enlightened, here is a Christmas book that offers compelling answers to life’s biggest questions.