New Nonfiction Taking Off: 10% Happier – Dan Harris

I just heard from one of my wholesale customers that this one’s flying out the door. I’m not surprised. It’s a fascinating story and it’s a got a lot of media oomph behind it.

Written by ABC news reporter Dan Harris and incorporating his own personal experience, this book looks at meditation in a way that will be eye-opening to the majority of Americans. For instance, did you know that Bill Clinton meditates? How about 50 Cent? How about school kids, medical patients and prison inmates? Even the Marine Corps has conducted large-scale tests to see if meditation can help make more effective and resilient soldiers. The read is a great ride through  worlds as different as neuroscience and New Age. It’s a curious, skeptical and often funny inquiry how a simple, ancient practice can improve our everyday lives.

Here’s Harris’s Nightline report. It’ll give you a good sense of the book:

10% Happier is on sale today and media includes the aforementioned Nightline as well as GMA, World News with Diane Sawyer, The View, Katie, Parade, USA Today, GQ, Entertainment Tonight, The O’Reilly Factor, Men’s Journal, The Huffington Post, and more. 

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story (9780062265425) by Dan Harris. $25.99 hardcover. 3/11/14 on sale.

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