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Bruce Feiler Bestselling Author and New York Times Columnist

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  • Council of Dads The Power of Community - How to Survive and Thrive in Difficult Times
  • Happiness, Meaning and A Better Life - THE ABCs of MEANING: Agency, Belonging, and Cause – What Every Organization Needs to Know
  • Sacred Journeys – Lessons from Retracing the Roots of Spirituality and the Path to Coexistence Around the World
  • Secrets of Happy Families - The New American Family - 12 Trends
  • Secrets of Successful Families – Surprising New Ways to Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More
  • The Life Story Project - Mastering LifeTransitions – A New Model for Navigating the Disruptions, Transformations, and Reinventions of Work and Life
  • The Life Story Project - THE POWER OF STORY – How to Harness the Science of Storytelling to Connect, Persuade, and Thrive

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  • 2020 LIFE IS THE STORY YOU TELL YOURSELF: Mastering Transitions in a Nonlinear Age
  • 2017 The First Love Story Adam, Eve and Us
  • 2013 The Secrets of Happy Families
  • 2011 The Council of Dads: A Story of Family, Friendship & Learning How to Live
  • 2009 America's Prophet: Moses and the American Story
  • 2009 Learning to Bow: An American Teacher in a Japanese School
  • 2005 Abraham
  • 2005 Walking the Bible

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Bruce Feiler is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers; the presenter of two prime-time series on PBS; and the inspiration for the upcoming NBC drama series COUNCIL OF DADS. Bruce’s two TED Talks have been viewed more than two million times. Employing a firsthand approach to his work, Bruce is known for living the experiences he writes about. His work combines timeless wisdom with timely knowledge to allow people to live with more meaning, passion, and joy. His new book, LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS: Mastering Change in a Nonlinear Age, will be published in May 2020 along with the debut of his accompanying podcast, THE LIFE STORY PROJECT.

For more than a decade, Bruce has explored the intersection of families, relationships, health, and happiness. His book THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES collects best practices from some of the country’s most creative minds. The book was featured on World News, GMA, and TODAY and excerpted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Parade. THE COUNCIL OF DADS describes how, faced with one of life’s greatest challenges, he asked six friends to support his young daughters. The book was profiled in PEOPLE, USA Today,and Time and was the subject of a CNN documentary hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Bruce has also been one of the country’s preeminent thinkers about the role of spirituality in contemporary life. WALKING THE BIBLE describes his 10,000-mile journey retracing the Five Books of Moses through the desert. (“An instant classic,” Washington Post). The book spent a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into fifteen languages.

His book, ABRAHAM recounts his search for the shared ancestor of the monotheistic religions. (“Exquisitely written,” Boston Globe). WHERE GOD WAS BORN describes his trek visiting biblical sites throughout Israel, Iraq, and Iran. (“Bruce Feiler is a real-life Indiana Jones,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution). AMERICA’S PROPHET is the groundbreaking story of the influence of Moses on American history. THE FIRST LOVE STORY is a journey across four continents exploring how Adam and Eve shaped our deepest feelings about relationships. (“A miraculous thing—the literary equivalent of breathing new life into a figure of clay,” New York Times Book Review; “Feiler’s best work yet,” Publishers Weekly).

Bruce is the writer/presenter of two prime-time series on PBS: WALKING THE BIBLE (“Beguiling,” Wall Street Journal) and SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER, in which he retraces pilgrimages in France, India, Japan, Israel, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia. (“Feiler is the perfect guide,” Newsday).

Bruce Feiler has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Gourmet, where he won three James Beard Awards. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television. A former circus clown, he has been the subject of a Jay Leno joke and a JEOPARDY! question, and his face appears on a postage stamp in the Grenadines.

In 2013, Bruce wrote an article in the New York Times called "The Stories That Bind Us" about the power of personal stories to give us strength in challenging times. The article became a viral sensation and inspired him to start a weekly personal history project with his ailing father. Feiler has since gathered hundreds of life stories in all 50 states. Bruce analyzed these stories for 52 different variables and has developed the first original model for how we navigate life transitions in over 50 years.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bruce lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their identical twin daughters.

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