"Philosophy made Simple" an oxymoron?

Robert Hellenga has come out with a new novel, Philosophy Made Simple. If you liked The Sixteen Pleasures, Margot, the book conservator in that story is back but not as the main character. Rudy, her father, a Chicago wholesaler, moves to Texas where he buys an avocado farm. He also reads a book called Philosophy Made Simple and begins to ponder life's big questions. He finds his area of Texas is inhabited by a strange lot of people and other beings including a radio station proclaiming the Second Coming and a painter elephant named Norma Jean. On trips to Mexico, he meets his next love. Full of wit, suspense and gentle insights, Hellenga's latest is not to be missed.

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Sounds a bit like Sophie's World. I'll have to take a look!