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The Council of Dads: A Story of Family, Friendship & Learning How to Live

The Council of Dads: A Story of Family, Friendship & Learning How to Live

by Bruce Feiler

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061992384
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,025,938
File size: 3 MB

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.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

October 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Savannah, Georgia


B.A., Yale University, 1987; M.Phil. in international relations, Cambridge University, 1991

Table of Contents

1 The Orange Sting-Ray 1

2 The Council of Dads 9

3 Twenty Fingers and Twenty Toes 14

4 Chronicles of the Lost Year: Volume I 24

5 Jeff: Approach the Cow 33

6 Twentieth-Century Two-thirds 45

7 Chronicles of the Lost Year: Volume II 55

8 Max: Pack Your Flip-Flops 64

9 The Lesson of the Dunes 74

10 Chronicles of the Lost Year: Volume III 86

11 David Don't See the Wall 93

12 Use Your Words 103

13 Chronicles of the Lost Year: Volume IV 112

14 Ben: Tend Your Tadpoles 120

15 Be a Collector 132

16 Chronicles of the Lost Year: Volume V 142

17 Ben the Second: Live the Questions 152

18 The Last Few Steps 164

19 Chronicles of the Lost Year: Volume VI 175

20 Joshua Harvest Miracles 186

21 Always Learn to Juggle on the Side of a Hill 196

22 Chronicles of the Lost Year: Volume VII 206

23 Take a Walk with a Turtle 217

24 Hug the Monster 227

Afterword: The Council Convenes 237

Say Please and Thank You 243

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