May 2010 Indie Next List
“The book is an incredibly personal, extremely moving account of Bruce coming to terms with cancer and his idea of gathering a group of men to act as”
— Susan Weis, Breathe Books, Baltimore, MD
Now a major NBC primetime drama
The uplifting story that touched the world and inspired families everywhere to rethink what matters most in their lives
As a young dad, Bruce Feiler, New York Times bestselling author and television host, received shattering news. A rare form of cancer was threatening not only his life but his family's future as well. A singular question emerged: Who would be there for his wife and daughters if he were gone?
Feiler reached out to six extraordinary men who helped shape him and asked them to be present in the lives of his daughters. The Council of Dads is the unforgettable portrait of these men, who offer wisdom, humor, and guidance on how to live, how to love, how to question, how to dream.
The source for NBC's blockbuster series, here is a singular story that offers lessons for us all—helping us draw closer to the ones we love, appreciate what's most precious, and celebrate the power of community.
About the Author
Bruce Feiler is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Abraham, Where God Was Born, America's Prophet, The Council of Dads, and The Secrets of Happy Families. He is a columnist for the New York Times, a popular lecturer, and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.
“Candid and moving. The Council of Dads exemplifies the mysterious process by which bad news can alter our perspective and reorder our priorities, and it celebrates the ever-expanding level of emotional intimacy that men are increasingly free to engage.”
— Washington Post
“Thoughtful....From other men close to him, Feiler gleaned the qualities of curiosity and the urge to travel and learn, of taking care of things and people that matter, of remembering those who matter and casting them in a positive light.”
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Reading The Council of Dads made me wonder at the great opportunity we miss....I’d like my daughters to have a Council of Dads, a Council of Moms...to remind us which values we value most, and help us make sure we transmit them.”
— Time magazine
“It’s hard not to get swept along and cheer Feiler on as he fights for his life and his daughters.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Feiler tackles personal hardship with inquisitive and heartfelt eloquence.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“A book that will touch many.”
— Daily News
— Savannah Morning News
“Feiler’s council brings us all closer.”
— Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia)
“A thoughtful, candid story of how the humdrum of everyday life can suddenly give way to upheaval, and of coming face to face with mortality....A triumph.”
— The Age (Melbourne, Australia)