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Random House Publishing Group, Spring 2019

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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics
A 10% Happier How-to Book
By (author): Dan Harris By (author): Jeffrey Warren By (author): Carlye Adler
9780399588969 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SELF-HELP / Meditations Dec 31, 2018
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.14 x 7.98 x 0.67 in 304 pages 9 B/W PHOTOS & 9 LINE DRAWINGS THROUGHOUT Spiegel & Grau
From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller 10% Happier—this book will get you to meditate! With the same humor, candor, and practical advice that made him one of the freshest, most inspiring voices to come along in years, ABC News anchor Dan Harris now debunks all the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that keep you from meditating so you’ll quit procrastinating and get your butt on the cushion.

Interested in meditation, but allergic to woo-woo? Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who drank kombucha, played ultimate frisbee, and used the word “namaste” without irony. Then he had a full-blown panic attack on live television (5mm views on YouTube!) and on his way to sanity, discovered meditation. His memoir about this experience, 10% Happier, became a #1 bestseller and made readers (fidgety skeptics like himself) curious about meditating. But then…in his travels, Dan encountered a lot of people who said they wanted to meditate, but couldn’t quiet their mind, didn’t have time, felt weird and culty doing it, etc. So he set out on a cross-country trek with Jeff Warren, a master meditation teacher (a “Meditation MacGyver”), to get to the root of the problem. The result is a book that, with irony and insight, confronts and dismantles all the reasons you’re not meditating—and provides a range of meditation practices that meet you where you are in your life and offer you the chance to become 10% happier, for real.

Publication History: Spiegel & Grau HC (12/17)


10% HAPPIER PODCAST: The 10% Happier podcast has been downloaded ~3.5 million times and is regularly a top-20 podcast in Health.

10% HAPPIER APP: The 10% Happier app has been downloaded 400K times. Readers of the book will have special access to the app.

GUIDED MEDITATIONS: As a bonus, the meditations in the book are also available as guided meditations on the app, to supplement the reading experience


AN IRONIC VOICE YOU CAN TRUST: As in his first book, Dan does not check his skepticism or sense of humor at the door. He is a hard-driving journalist, father, husband, and a hardcore meditator—and he knows how to drive a great narrative. This book is as fun to read as it is prescriptive and practical.

Dan Harris is the co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. He regularly reports for 20/20, World News with David Muir, and the weekday editions of Good Morning America. He is the bestselling author of 10% Happier.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Newton, Mass

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“If you’re intrigued by meditation but don’t know how to begin—or you’ve benefited from meditation in the past but need help to get started again, Dan Harris has written the book for you. Well researched, practical, and crammed with expert advice, it’s also an irreverent, hilarious page-turner.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“The ABC News anchor, a ‘defender of worrying’ who once had an anxiety attack on air, offers a hilarious and stirring account of his two-steps-forward-one-step-back campaign to sort ‘useless rumination’ from ‘constructive anguish’ via mindfulness, along with invaluable suggestions for following in his footsteps.”O: The Oprah Magazine
“If your mind has a mind of its own, this is the book for you! With humor, generosity, and devastating candor, Dan Harris makes meditation make sense. This is news we can all use.”—Mark Epstein, MD, author of Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself and Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart
“A gold mine of wise guidance for fidgety skeptics and experienced meditators alike…With Dan’s humorous, self-revelatory style and incisive questioning and Jeff’s down-to-earth, transforming wisdom, this book addresses the common obstacles people face as they begin and deepen their meditation practice…. Highly recommended.”—Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
“Part romp, part travelogue, part meditation manual, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics takes us along for the journey as Dan Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren traverse the country. We discover meditating police officers, moms, media figures, and the meditator on the street (literally, as they open a pop-up meditation booth). Dan discovers some things about himself as well. This book is fun, instructive, timely, and immensely helpful.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Real Love

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