What a thoughtful and refreshing rejection of the various bad habits narrow-mindedness, intellectual laziness, self-pity, self-indulgence, free-floating rage that drives today's awful frenzy of self-righteousness in our national conversation. Nikki Stern is a model of the even-keeled grace, tolerance and common sense that Americans need to rediscover. --Kurt Andersen, host, public radio s Studio 360
Nikki Stern wields her enviable wit to tilt at society's windmills in a voice empowered by her starring role in arguably the most seminal event of our lifetimes. The painful and public loss of her husband on September 11 and the changes to her life since that day mirror the patterns of loss, anger, despair and rebuilding that our nation as a whole continues to experience. Before you know it, you'll feel a sense of optimism born of the notion that if she can greet each day with humor, intelligence and yes, hope then it seems possible that we may all collectively as a nation be able to do so as well. --Christal Smith, The Huffington Post
In this impassioned and important book, Nikki Stern drawing on the personal tragedy that led to her own brush with the rabbit hole of fame asks us to reject preconceived notions about who we believe and what we decide is true. Stern makes a persuasive case that we can find new ways to reconnect to our moral and rational center, ones that are less reliant on the received opinion of famous or notorious Americans." --Leif Wellington Haase, director, California Program
About the Author
Nikki Stern worked as a public relations executive before the death of her husband in the World Trade Center on 9/11. While serving on the board and as the first executive director of Families of September 11, a national organization for families affected by the terrorist attacks, she was co-recipient of a Common Ground award in 2005 from the global conflict transformation group, Search for Common Ground. She has maintained advocacy roles on the advisory boards of Project Rebirth, Americans for Informed Democracy, and the Public Diplomacy Collaborative at Harvard University s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, and USA Today.<BR><P>Nikki retains an interest in public engagement and global diplomacy as well as topics concerning women, writing, and humor. She blogs regularly about politics, culture, entertainment, and other issues of both greater and lesser importance, 1 Woman s Vu.