Virtual Book Club
THE HAPPY WOMEN
LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS
Mastering Change at Any Age
You are invited to a cross-country virtual party with Bruce Feiler and new friends (you’re one of them!)
A pioneering and timely study of how to navigate life's biggest transitions with meaning, purpose, and skill.
Book Club Dates are Two Saturday Mornings:
Bruce Feiler, NY Times Bestselling author author of Life is in the Transitions, will be meeting with the Happy Women Virtual Book Club over Zoom for 2 gatherings and moderated discussion.
Saturday, August 29th: 11:00 am PST
First session is a 20 minute Welcome Introduction to the group before we begin reading the book.
Saturday, September 26: 11:00 am PST
This session, after we have completed the book, is one hour.
A Zoom link will be sent to you a few days before each meeting.
“Crammed with cutting-edge research and compelling real-world examples, Life Is in the Transitions provides a framework of striking originality that explodes with thought-provoking insights. It has profound implications for how we view and handle the transitions—voluntary and involuntary—that increasingly disrupt our lives. And it’s one of the rare books that is a pleasure to read in the moment and impossible to forget once you’ve finished the last page.”
—Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies
“I don’t know what’s more astonishing, the range of stories Bruce Feiler has found in asking people about their lives, or the wisdom he extracts from them. There is no more powerful reminder that the stories we inherit define success—and that definition constantly needs updating. This beautiful book is an indispensable guide to accepting change—as it really is, rather than what it’s supposed to be—and becoming who we really are.”
—Charles Duhigg, author of bestsellers The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better
“One of those books that’s so profoundly aligned with the zeitgeist that you end up underlining the whole book. . . . Bruce Feiler is the perfect person to lead us on this journey.”
—Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global
Bruce Feiler is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including "The Secrets of Happy Families," "The Council of Dads," and "Walking the Bible." He's the writer/presenter of two primetime series on PBS, and his two TED Talks have been viewed more than two million times. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bruce lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their twin daughters.
Bruce has long explored the stories that give our lives meaning. Galvanized by a personal crisis, he spent the last few years crisscrossing the country, collecting hundreds of life stories in all fifty states from Americans who’d been through major life changes—from losing jobs to losing loved ones; from changing careers to changing relationships; from getting sober to getting healthy to simply looking for a fresh start. He then spent a year coding these stories, identifying patterns and takeaways that can help all of us survive and thrive in times of change.
What Feiler discovered was a world in which transitions are becoming more plentiful and mastering the skills to manage them is more urgent for all of us. The idea that we’ll have one job, one relationship, one source of happiness is hopelessly outdated. We all feel unnerved by this upheaval. We’re concerned that our lives are not what we expected, that we’ve veered off course, living life out of order. But we’re not alone.
"Life Is in the Transitions" introduces the fresh, illuminating vision of the nonlinear life, in which each of us faces dozens of disruptors. One in ten of those becomes what Feiler calls a lifequake, a massive change that leads to a life transition. The average length of these transitions is five years. The upshot: We all spend half our lives in this unsettled state. You or someone you know is going through one now.
Broadway Performer Alton Fitzgerald White, Author of “My Pride: Mastering Life’s Daily Performance”
(New York City)
Radio Show Host & Author Interviewer Diana Page Jordan (Portland)