The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler

The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler

Publisher: William Morrow

Publication date: February 19, 2013

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Publisher's description

In The Secrets of Happy Families, New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler has drawn up a blueprint for modern families — a new approach to family dynamics, inspired by cutting-edge techniques gathered from experts in the disciplines of science, business, sports, and the military.

The result is a funny and thought-provoking playbook for contemporary families, with more than 200 useful strategies, including: the right way to have family dinner, what your mother never told you about sex (but should have), and why you should always have two women present in difficult conversations…

Timely, compassionate, and filled with practical tips and wise advice, Bruce Feiler’s The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More should be required reading for all parents.

My review (first shared on June 22, 2016)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author interviewed many people on how families can be happier... except for family psychologists. He wanted (and succeeded, I think) to show how ideas from outside psych circles can be applied to modern families. Now I plan to make my way through a few books from his bibliography. :-)

The one thing that drove me mildly crazy throughout the book though was the sense that only a spell checker was used for editing and not a real live editor. There were many instances of the wrong word but spelled correctly. Something a spell check wouldn't catch but any editor worth two cents should have.

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