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The Secrets of Happy Families

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

The Secrets of Happy Families book coverBest-selling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler found himself squeezed between aging parents and rising children. He set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest ideas, cutting-edge research, and novel solutions to make his family happier. READ MORE


The Council of Dads

A Story of Family, Friendship & Learning How to Live

The Council of Dads book coverWhen bestselling author Bruce Feiler was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his leg, he could only imagine all the walks he might not take with his daughters, the ballet recitals he would miss, the art projects left undone, and the aisles he might not walk down. READ MORE

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Five years ago, PBS asked me if I wanted to make a show on pilgrimage. I said I was interested in something you hear a lot, “I’m not religious; I’m spiritual. I’m on a journey.” Last year I went on six pilgrimages in 12 months–bathing with 100 million people in the Ganges, walking the Jesus Trail in the Galilee, trekking on a 700-mile Buddhist trail in Japan. The experience was life-changing and life-affirming, and the footage is mind-blowing. The series kicks off with 40 American wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan bathing in the sacred waters of Lourdes, something never seen on TV before. The six, hour-long films premiere in December and are available for streaming on pbs.org/sacredjourneys. I hope you are moved as much as we were traveling with American pilgrims to some of the most historic places in the world. I know the experience will trigger some meaningful conversations with your loved ones.

Learning to Bow

Inside the Heart of Japan

Learning to Bow Book CoverLEARNING TO BOW has been heralded as one of the funniest, liveliest, and most insightful books ever written about the clash of cultures between America and Japan. With warmth and candor, Bruce Feiler recounts the year he spent as a teacher in a small rural town. Beginning with a ritual outdoor bath and culminating in an all-night trek to the top of Mt. Fuji, Feiler teaches his students about American culture, while they teach him everything from how to properly address an envelope to how to date a Japanese girl.

Critical Praise

“A refreshingly original look at Japan . . . this book is a revelation.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A hilarious and revealing book [that] marks the debut of a formidable talent.” —James Fallows, Washington Editor of Atlantic Monthly

“Always fascinating and often funny . . . one of those rare books that shows the Japanese as fully rounded human beings.” —Washington Post

“Mark Salzman fans and other aficionados of things Eastern will love . . . Bruce Feiler’s LEARNING TO BOW.” —Elle

“Gems of insight and understanding.” —Rocky Mountain News

“An engaging book, LEARNING TO BOW earns higher marks than the usual scholarly analysis.” —Business Tokyo

“Filled with rich anecdotes that tell far more than dry, academic tomes on the same subject.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“A charming and incisive close-up of the most important part of the Japanese miracle- the making of a Japanese.” —Robert Elegant, author of Pacific Destiny

“Feiler’s book is warm, intimate, and often very funny, bringing much-needed insight into the Japanese grass-root culture and the role of education in that land.” —Kirkus Reviews

“As fascinating an account of Japanese life as you could find anywhere. . . . Don’t miss this one.” —Grand Rapids Press