Conversations with Authors - Gretchen Rubin (Virtual Event)

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Online • Live • 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET

In conversation with Deborah Tannen

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


Gretchen Rubin's most recent release, Outer Order, Inner Calm is a lovely, easy-to-use illustrated guide to decluttering that shows us how to take control of our stuff—and, by extension, our lives.

Gretchen Rubin knows firsthand that creating order can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. But for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn't work. When we tailor our approach to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we can find inner calm.

With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what’s realistic for most people, Rubin suggests dozens of manageable tips and tricks for creating a more serene, orderly environment, including:

  • Never label anything “miscellaneous”
  • Ask yourself, “Do I need more than one?”
  • Don’t aim for minimalism
  • Remember: If you can’t retrieve it, you won’t use it
  • Stay current with a child’s interests
  • Beware the urge to “procrasticlear”

By getting rid of things we don’t use, don’t need, or don’t love, we free our minds (and our shelves) for what we truly value.

Gretchen is also the author of the bestselling books The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, Better than Before, and The Four Tendencies. She’s also written a bestselling biography of Winston Churchill, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill, and one of John Kennedy, Forty Ways to Look at JFK. She also hosts a popular, award-winning podcast, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” and a blog, where she writes about her daily adventures in happiness and habit-formation. She is also a regular columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine and makes regular appearances on CBS This Morning. Before turning to writing, Gretchen had a career in law. A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, she clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Deborah Tannen is the acclaimed author of the memoir Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow; You Just Don’t Understand, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly four years; the New York Times bestsellers You’re Wearing THAT?, about mothers and daughters and You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!, about sisters; and many other books. A professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, she appears frequently on national television and radio. She lives with her husband in the Washington, D.C., area.


Below, please find the link to purchase their books.



Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984822802
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harmony - March 5th, 2019

Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307886798
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harmony - December 31st, 2013

Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812971446
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 11th, 2004

Forty Ways to Look at JFK Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345450494
Published: Ballantine Books - October 25th, 2005

Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101885833
Published: Ballantine Books - September 15th, 2020

You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060959623
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 6th, 2007

You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812972665
Published: Ballantine Books - December 26th, 2006

You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345496973
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - September 7th, 2010