January 31, 2016

Gretchen Rubin spoke about her book, Better Than Before, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Rubin published The Happiness Project in 2009 when she was a not-unhappy wife, mother of two, and successful writer. The book documented her serious—and often humorous—effort to become happier; an updated version, with an interview and new lessons drawn from both old wisdom and recent discoveries, such as that money can buy a little happiness sometimes, is now available in paperback, as is Rubin’s account of a second project: her efforts to harness the power of habit to enhance her life. Better than Before identifies four basic temperaments: upholder, questioner, obliger, and rebel, and Rubin show how people of each type can develop habits that lead to happiness and discard those tendencies that hold them back.

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385348638
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Published: Broadway Books - December 15th, 2015

December 1, 2015

Sarah L. Kaufman spoke about her book, The Art of Grace, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Kaufman, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning dance critic, devotes her first book to defining, seeking out, and exemplifying grace in today’s often clumsy world. Starting with the Three Graces of the ancients—goddesses of charm, beauty, and creativity—Kaufman locates these qualities in a variety of arts, sports, and activities like hosting a party; her meditation on this virtue reveals many often overlooked opportunities for being at ease in the world.

The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393353181
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 25th, 2016

November 18, 2014

Roman Krznaric spoke about his book, Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday November 18, 2014.

A popular speaker and co-founder of The School of Life, Roman Krznaric has traveled the world researching and lecturing on the subject of empathy. In this lively and engaging book, he argues that our brains are wired for social connection. Empathy, not apathy or self-centeredness, is at the heart of who we are. By looking outward and attempting to identify with the experiences of others, Krznaric argues, we can become not only a more equal society, but also a happier and more creative one.

Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399171406
Availability: Backordered
Published: TarcherPerigee - November 3rd, 2015