Author Nikki Stern brings us Hope in Small Doses
Her new book shares a version of hope that accepts uncertainty and embraces possibility
(Washington, DC – June 4, 2012) – In Nikki Stern’s first book, Because I Say So: the Dangerous Appeal of Moral Authority, she used her experiences as a 9/11 widow to examine a culture that supports unequivocal moral certainty. Hope in Small Doses, released May 31 by Humanist Press, takes a natural next step in exploring how hope might be sustained, even in the wake of tragedy and uncertainty.
Hope in Small Doses embarks on a journey to find meaning, purpose and a measure of happiness. Rejecting hope that relies on divine providence or the infallibility of the human mind, Stern ultimately embraces a version driven not by expectation but by possibility, grounded in reason and fueled by faith in our capacity to learn and change. Feisty, erudite and deeply moving, this is an uplifting book offering a workable blueprint for a reasonably happy life.
“We could all use hope right now,” Stern suggests. “The notion of hope in small doses may seem unnecessarily cautious, but we can always ask for seconds.”
Following the death of her husband on 9/11, Stern served as executive director of Families of September 11 (FOS11) and shared an award from the conflict transformation group Search for Common Ground. She has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, Humanist Magazine, Princeton Magazine, and a number of online publications. She’s also appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and CBS’s Sunday Morning, among other outlets.
Hope in Small Doses is available in print and ebook versions. The latter takes full advantage of many available features, including interactive reader commentary, author videos, and useful web links. Information on the book and where to buy either the print or ebook version is included on the website HopeInSmallDoses.com.
Fun and insightful videos related to the book can be found on our Vimeo channel.
Excerpts from Hope In Small Doses can be found here: http://www.archive.americanhumanist.org/system/storage/63/74/9/3124/Hope_In_Small_Doses_Excerpts.pdf
Upcoming Humanist Press titles will include Damned Good Company by lawyer Luis Granados; and Make the Break (If You Can) by retired NASA scientist Reginald J. Exton.
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