The Latest Book from Bruce

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

Read Bruce’s cancer diary.

Bruce's latest news

The Secrets of Happy Families featured and tested on ABC’s Nightline. Watch the video here.

A great review of ‘The Secrets of Happy Families’ in the Washington Post!

How Happy is Your Family? Take the quiz in Parade Magazine and check out the feature on NPR and in USA Today.

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