Introducing Gretchen Rubin’s Podcast

rubin podcast

We’re very excited to share the news that Gretchen Rubin is launching a podcast with the Panoply network. In Happier, Gretchen brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively and thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s co-host and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully. You can listen to the first episode and subscribe to the podcast here.

Today, Jacob Weisberg, chairman of The Slate Group, announced the launch of the Panoply network, which holds 12 commitments for a total of 18 shows, including Gretchen Rubin’s, from media outlets and organizations, including programming from: The New York Times Magazine; HBO Documentary Films,  New York magazine/Vulture and more.

Listeners can access Panoply on iTunes as well as on Stitcher, SoundCloud, and on all major podcast apps. A Panoply app will be forthcoming but isn’t available as of yet.

The following podcasts, among others, will be offered through Panoply:

  • Slate’s podcasts: The Gist, Whistlestop with John Dickerson, Political Gabfest, Culture Gabfest and 12 others
  • The official insider podcast for FX’s critically-acclaimed spy drama The Americans
  • Four podcasts from HuffPost
  • Four podcasts from Real Simple
  • HBO Documentary Films
  • Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race with Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda, and Tanner Colby
  • The Ethicists from the New York Times Magazine
  • The Vulture TV Podcast and a podcast on sex from New York magazine
  • The National Constitution Center’s We the People
  • Popular Science’s FutureCast
  • Inc. Uncensored
  • Burnt Toast from Food52
  • WBUR’s The Checkup

Read an Excerpt from THE OPPOSITE OF SPOILED in NYT

You can catch an early glimpse at Ron Lieber‘s  forthcoming book, THE OPPOSITE OF SPOILED: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money (Harper, February 3rd) in the New York Times today. The piece will run in the print edition this Sunday, but is already available online. Share the article with parents, family, teachers, colleagues and friends! “Why You Should Tell Your Kids How Much Money You Make” by Ron Lieber.

The Opposite of Spoiled

Next week, Ron will kick off his book tour, and you can see him first at Brooklyn by the Book on Monday, February 2nd, in conversation with Jennifer Senior. Tickets are going fast right here (get $3 off if you’re a Brooklyn Public Library card holder!). Special bonus at this event: they will be serving two world premiere Ample Hills Creamery ice cream flavors, Want and Need. ‘Nuff said.. 

Visit his speaking page to see his stops all across the country. If you’re interested in having Ron speak in your community, please send a note

Finally– don’t forget about the pre-order partnership with! For every book you buy, you’ll get a $27 gift card that you can use with your family to pick out classroom projects to support, the online charity that helps public school teachers raise money to fund classroom projects.

Happy Publication Day, ELLA!

Sometimes self-awareness gets turned into pitch perfect satire like Portlandia, and sometimes it gets sculpted into a witty and wonderful parody like Mallory Kasdan’s new children’s book, ELLA. ELLA is a re-imagining of Kay Thompson’s Eloise, this time with the smart, highly evolved and lovable six-year-old urban girl living in a place she calls The Local Hotel. It’s a place, Ella tells us, that has a door “with no obvious signage.”

Today you can finally meet the ELLA: “the amazingly illustrated, totally hilarious, very modern parody of Eloise.” by Mallory Kasdan and illustrated by Marcos Chin. Bustle says, “Share it with your favorite hip parents. Keep it for yourself. Whatever you do, just get it.”

She has a nanny called Manny. He has tattoos for sleeves and he might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck. Sometimes Ella weaves purses out of Ziploc bags and reclaimed twine. (She is artsy of course.)

She has a dog named Stacie and a fish named Rasta and a scooter which is important for getting everywhere she needs to be.

Altogether she has been to 62 events including that Hillary Clinton fundraiser. She is NEVER bored. If Ella and Kay Thompson’s Eloise got together for a play date, they would have a very good time indeed.

9dbc0680-4b3f-0132-0b1f-0eae5eefacd9On Sunday, January 25th from 3:00-5:00 you can catch ELLA’s book launch at Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO!



“Start right away.” — That’s Gretchen Rubin’s advice for creating new habits, as quoted in “Turning a New Year’s Resolution Into Action With the Facts” in this past weekend’s New York Times. We’ve blogged a bit about Gretchen’s new book, BETTER THAN BEFORE: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, and are really thrilled to share Shelf Awareness “Maximum Shelf” today, which profiles Gretchen and her new book.

Check out Shelf Awareness for more on the Better Than Before, a great Q&A with Gretchen, and a chance to get a free ARC of the book ahead of its publication date, March 17, 2015.

In a world where we are constantly reminded of the good habits we should follow, yet simultaneously bombarded with temptations to do the opposite, Rubin’s latest brainchild serves as a refreshingly sane touchstone. Smart, supportive and breezily honest about her own flaws, Rubin encourages us to get in touch with what we truly value, not impose challenging regimens in pursuit of unrealistic ideals.–Jaclyn Fulwood

“In Better Than Before, Gretchen identifies the many strategies that we can use to change our habits. The funniest strategy? Loophole-spotting. The trickiest strategy? Reward. The most familiar strategy? Hmmmm….probably Accountability. The most funstrategy? Treats! Definitely, Treats.”

If you visit pre-order the book by February 17th (or already have), you are eligible for Gretchen’s great pre-order gift package (visit her site to learn more):

  • A Better Than Before cell-phone case (for the iPhone 5 or 6, or Samsung 5)
  • A wallet card with the Habits Manifesto
  • A bookplate signed by Gretchen


Gretchen also has habits downloads for working, exercising, and reading Better Than Before, and BTB images you can share on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Happy New Year: Three New Titles Out Today!

We’re starting off 2015 the best way possible: with three fantastic books–all quite different–publishing in hardcover today, as well as a very exciting paperback publication. First, we have Krassi Zourkova’s gorgeous debut novel, WILDALONE (William Morrow/HarperCollins)–if you’re in Los Angeles, you can join Krassi for the book launch at The Last Bookstore (more details in the flyer below). Join the conversation about this January Indie Next Pick on Goodreads, and follow Krassi on Twitter for more updates on the book, reviews, and more.

Flyer (Wildalone)

Next up: HER by Harriet Lane (Little, Brown), which is the People Magazine book pick of the week! Kirkus called it “a domestic thriller of the first order”, and HER has also gotten terrific mentions in USA Today’s  “New & Noteworthy” and Vanity Fair’s “Hot Type!”

HER captivates right up to its shocking denouement.” –People Magazine 

HER by Harriet Lane

Harriet is on Twitter @HarrietLane_ (check for her posts of the beautiful UK cover as well!).

We also have more good news: you can keep to your New Years resolutions and still buy a cookbook with “chocolate” in the title. CHOCOLATE-COVERED KATIE by Katie Higgins (Grand Central). When Katie’s sugar habit went too far in college and left her lacking energy, she knew something needed to change. So she began developing her own naturally sweet recipes and posting them online. Soon, Katie’s healthy dessert blog had become an Internet sensation, with over six million monthly visitors. Now, in her first cookbook, Katie shares over 80 never-before-seen recipes.

We’re very happy to announce that CHOCOLATE-COVERED KATIE is an Amazon Pick for Best Cookbooks of January– check it out here. Follow Katie on Twitter for more updates, and Instagram (warning: it WILL make you hungry).


Finally, a special paperback publication today. Maggie Shipstead‘s ASTONISH ME (Knopf/Vintage). Maria Semple called it “dazzling”, Ron Charles says it is “A novel you must read”, and Maureen Corrigan called it “flawless”! It was also one of Curtis Sittenfeld’s favorite reads of 2014 (see the Guardian interview here). We think the paperback cover is pretty special–we’d trade this snowy NYC day for Paris, no problem.
Psst.. this is a great book club pick, if yours is meeting soon. BookPage confirms!

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