Author's Biography 


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Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most thoughtful voices on contemporary life. He is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers, includingLife Is in the Transitions, The Secrets of Happy Families, and Council of Dads. His three TED Talks have been viewed more than four million times, and he teaches the TED Course How to Master Life Transitions. His latest book, The Search: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World (May 2023), is a bold new roadmap for finding meaning and purpose at work, based on insights drawn from hundreds of life stories of all vocations and backgrounds.

Employing a firsthand approach to his work, Bruce is known for living the experiences he writes about. His work combines timeless wisdom with timely knowledge to encourage people to live with more meaning, passion, and joy.

Life Is in the Transitions describes his journey across America, collecting hundreds of life stories, exploring how we can navigate life’s growing number of life transitions with purpose and skill. “One of those books that’s so profoundly aligned with the zeitgeist that you end up underlining the whole book,” Arianna Huffington wrote in Thrive Global. “Bruce Feiler is the perfect person to lead us on this journey.” The book was a Top 10 New York Times bestseller.

For two decades, Bruce has explored the intersection of families, relationships, health, and happiness. His book, The Secrets of Happy Families, collects best practices from some of the country’s most creative minds. The book was featured on World NewsGMA, and TODAY and excerpted in the Wall Street JournalNew York Times, and ParadeThe Council of Dads describes how, faced with one of life’s greatest challenges, he asked six friends to support his young daughters. The book was profiled in PEOPLEUSA Today, and Time, and became a CNN documentary hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and an NBC drama series. 

A longtime contributor to New York Times, Bruce now writes the popular newsletter THE NONLINEAR LIFE. He has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Gourmet, where he won three James Beard Awards. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television. A former circus clown, he has been the subject of a Jay Leno joke and a JEOPARDY! question, and his face appears on a postage stamp in the Grenadines.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bruce lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their identical twin daughters.

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Welcome Weekend Schedule of Events

The Distinguished Lecture Committee has invited Bruce Feiler to address our students as our 22nd Summer Reading keynote speaker.
This event kicks off the new school year and all MTSU students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Saturday, August 26, 2023
Murphy Center, 2pm

Meet the author for a book signing at the President's Back to School Bash.

Friday, August 25, 2023

Student Union Commons, 7pm