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Author On The Street …


You’ve heard of the ‘man on the street’ !  Yesterday when Deb and I were in New York City we were approached by an ‘author on the street’ and her friend wielding a video camera.

Catherine Birndorf, MD author/psychiatrist is on the left… on the right is her friend with video camera.  They wanted to know if they could interview us for a book trailer they’re working on ! We were more than happy to stop and chat with them.

The book is called “The Nine Rooms of Happiness:  Loving Yourself, Finding Your Purpose and Getting Over Life’s Little Imperfections” written by Catherine Birndorf and co-authored by Lucy Danziger editor-in-chief of Self magazine. The premise of the book is that we all have emotional and metaphorical rooms – the living room is where we socialize, family room is where we join together with each other, kitchen is for nurturing, basement is where we hide our deepest thoughts etc, and the attic is for hope.  They explained that sometimes we think we are in one room but our brain is focused on another.   Their question to us was… what’s something menial and maybe trite that could happen to spoil our day.  Nothing big like death, moving, divorce…just that seemingly insignificant ‘thing’ that sends a happy mood down spiraling !  Deb’s answer was… people cutting in line.  Good answer.  They also asked where we GO, either physically or mentally to get away from it all.  Thought provoking questions ponder and answer in just a few minutes.

“The Nine Rooms of Happiness” will be coming out in a few months and I for one can’t wait to read it and review it here on my blog. Read a description of the book by clicking here.

So… what are the chances of being stopped on the street in NYC by a psychiatrist?? I’d say there should be more of them out there doing just that….LOL.  All kidding aside, it was an interesting conversation and I’m glad our paths crossed at the cross roads of America.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “Author On The Street …

  1. Joanie: WOW, what a GREAT idea in marketing. I’ll read the book too. I’ve written it down. It gave me an idea of when (IF) my book comes out this year. Hmmm, since my book is set in Mass, i.e., Cuttyhunk and the Vineyard, guess where I’ll just HAVE to do my book! (Ooooooh goodie!) Here’s the status so far: One of my co-authors has been contacted by the children’s division of RANDOM HOUSE. (I almost had a heart attack when I read that! Gave me the big head for sure.) Anyway, she is sending this editor back our edited version and Angeli said not only cross my fingers, but hope it means a YES. (I have two co-authors and an illustrationist – I never knew putting out a kids book could be so complicated. When I made that as a comment, Angeli told me to just wait on the contractural side of it! So, it’s a big maybe but more positive than the last two. Being it’s from Random House, I think I’ll frame the rejection letter that I assume is comingl

  2. It does sound like a great book, and it’s curious how you just “bumped” into the author! I love coincidences. I♥NY! What a great day.

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