The Secrets of Happy Families:

Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More

  • Read by: Bruce Feiler
  • Runtime: 7.7 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 2.19.2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Self-Help
  • 7.73 hrs2/19/2013Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9780062249715

A New York Times Bestseller

A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

A 2013 BookPage Best Book

A 2013 Library Journal Editor’s Pick

Bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler found himself squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children. So he set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family “experts,” he sought out the most creative minds—from Silicon Valley to the set of Modern Family, from the country’s top negotiators to the Green Berets—and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. Feiler then tested these ideas with his wife and kids. The result is a fun, original look at how families can draw closer together, complete with two hundred never-before-seen best practices.

Feiler’s life-changing discoveries include a radical plan to reshape your family in twenty minutes a week, Warren Buffett’s guide for setting an allowance, and the Harvard handbook for resolving conflict. The Secrets of Happy Families is a timely, counterintuitive book that answers the questions countless parents are asking: How do we manage the chaos of our lives? How do we teach our kids values? How do we make our family happier?

Written in a charming, accessible style, The Secrets of Happy Families is smart, funny, and fresh, and will forever change how your family lives every day. 

Editorial Reviews

“Makes even the most skeptical parent sit up and take note.”

Time

“Not your run-of-the-mill parenting manual…A practical, entertaining playbook that upends some of the most accepted wisdom in family rearing today.”

Outside

“Feiler has an engaging style…and his primary thesis—that people should work as diligently on their families as they do on their careers—is well worth exploring.”

Washington Post

“A good addition to the self-help bookshelf.” 

Kirkus Reviews 

Author Biography

Bruce Feiler is a columnist on contemporary families for the New York Times and is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham, and The Council of Dads. He is the writer-presenter of the PBS series Walking the Bible and Sacred Journeys. A frequent commentator on modern life on radio and television, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.

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Reader Biography

Bruce Feiler is a columnist on contemporary families for the New York Times and is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham, and The Council of Dads. He is the writer-presenter of the PBS series Walking the Bible and Sacred Journeys. A frequent commentator on modern life on radio and television, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.

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