Kindness and Wonder: Out Now!

I am pleased to inform you that this week marks the publication of Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever.

If you’d like to buy a copy (which I recommend), this HarperCollins site can send you to your preferred retailer (including your local indie bookstore).

If you don’t trust me–after all, I wrote the book and I’m hardly objective, am I?—you might be interested in what some other people think about the book.

“[I]n Kindness and Wonder, Edwards fuses his reporter’s investigative and narrative ability with his vast interest in popular culture’s long shadow to tell a tale that is both gentle and wonderful, in a manner befitting its subject,” Cory Doctorow wrote at BoingBoing. “This is such a sweet and gentle and loving book; many times it brought tears to my eyes, and many more times it made me smile.”

USA Today named it one of their “five books not to miss” for this week, alongside Prince and Lee Child. Barbara VanDenburgh wrote, “This book pays tribute to the man who helped raise so many of us, and argues the case that his wisdom is more essential than ever.”

The BookTrib website dubbed it “fascinating” and said, “Looking back at the history of the show and the creative visionary behind it, pop culture aficionado Edwards reminds us of the indelible lessons and insights that Mister Rogers conveyed—what it means to be a good person, to be open-hearted, to be thoughtful, to be curious, to be compassionate—and why they matter.”

And my dear friend Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote in Salon, “One half biography, one half practical guide to life, Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever reads like a balm to the anxious soul. It’s a reminder of the courage that it takes to be decent, and a call to find the good neighbor inside all of us.” She also called me up to interview me about the book and why I wrote it: you can read the resulting conversation here.

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