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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 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.

Under the Big Top

A Season with the Circus

Under the Big Top Book CoverBoth a great American adventure and a rare entry into a sheltered world, UNDER THE BIG TOP describes one man’s pursuit of every child’s fantasy: running away to join the circus. Bruce Feiler’s unforgettable year as a clown will forever change your view of one of the world’s oldest art forms and remind you of how dreams can go horribly wrong — and then miraculously come true.

Critical Praise

“A stunning collective portrait of an ingrown community with its own history, hierarchy, and traditions.” —The New Yorker

“Inspirational.” —New York Times

“Bruce Feiler is a keen and thoughtful observer . . . he forces circus goers to see the familiar spectacles anew.” —New York Times Book Review

“A colorful, sometimes unsettling, pageant of circus life.” —Entertainment Weekly

“As irresistible as cotton candy, as attention-grabbing as the death-defying trapeze act.” —Indianapolis Star

“A gritty, haunting story.” —People

“Sure-handed . . . dark-hued . . . extraordinary.” —Christian Science Monitor

“Startling . . . romantic . . . seductive.” —Denver Post

“Spellbinding . . . captivating . . . truly touching.” —Princeton Times

“A mud and sweat-filled, but ultimately loving portrait of the circus.” —New York Post

“Incredible . . . exciting . . . unbelievable . . . ” —Chattanooga Free Press

“Writing beautifully. . . Bruce Feiler penetrates the heart and soul of circus life with such stark clarity.” —Douglas Brinkley, author of The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey

“A three ring triumph . . . the best book ever written about the circus.” —Jim Foster, editor of The White Tops