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Number one New York Times best seller

In her latest book, Brené Brown writes, “If we want to find the way back to ourselves and one another, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories and to be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection.”

In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through 87 of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances - a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.

Over the past two decades, Brown’s extensive research into the experiences that make us who we are has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be courageous with our lives. Atlas of the Heart draws on this research, as well as on Brown’s singular skills as a storyteller, to show us how accurately naming an experience doesn’t give the experience more power, it gives us the power of understanding, meaning, and choice.

Brown shares, “I want this book to be an atlas for all of us, because I believe that, with an adventurous heart and the right maps, we can travel anywhere and never fear losing ourselves.”

Includes a downloadable PDF of illustrations from the book 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Brené Brown (P)2021 Random House Audio

Editor's Pick

How many emotions can you name
Happiness, sadness, anger, and...then? In surveys taken by 7,000 people over five years, Brené Brown and her team found that on average people can identify only those three emotions as they are actually feeling them. In Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, Brown unpacks 87 distinct emotions, gathered into 13 land masses—including such biggies as lonely, jealousy, love, hopelessness, and despair—and backs it up with research. As fans of her popular Ted Talks, best-selling books, podcasts, and Netflix lectures series already know, this cartographer of the human experience delivers an actionable guide to healing and making better decisions, especially when it comes to shame and guilt. In her latest, Brown goes beyond her previous works to mine her personal biography, revealing new layers of vulnerability despite all the logic and intense study. So I'm looking forward to hearing her share her battles—she’s a recovered alcoholic, a committed swimmer, a former waitress, a perfectionist from a dysfunctional but high-performing family—all punctuated with her big laugh and Texas twang. —Jerry P., Audible Editor

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Perfect

This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to where the author/narrator recognized that listening to a book is not the same as reading. Dr Brown repeated several passages so the listener could really grasp what she was saying. I loved that so much. Thank you for doing such wonderful work

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Wish more authors would present audiobooks like Brene

I haven’t finished listening to this book yet, but wanted to write a review to encourage others to join this audiobook experience because, in addition to the great content, it’s the best audiobook I’ve listened to. I did a deep dive into Dr. Brown’s work over the last month and have listened to four of her audiobooks and many podcasts. They keep getting better. What I really enjoy about this book is that Brene—an audiobook listener herself—stops and rereads sections to connect the text for understanding for those of us who (like me) are walking, biking, cooking, etc., while they listen. It’s effective for me, and I’m really enjoying the experience, especially the little extra comments and reflections she inserts. Thank you, Brene, and great job presenting your audiobook as a conversational learning experience for listeners.

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As a college librarian that teaches information literacy, I am so grateful to Brené Brown for citing where she’s getting her information. In a world of misinformation and disinformation, I applaud and am grateful to her weaving in her storytelling with showing her references. Oh, and teaching me to name my feelings and shit. Love you, Brené.

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good enough. super political.

it's good because I love words and theres no denying brenes education. she speaks a lot about social justice and because of that I dont actually like the author. she pushes her agenda and continues to. I'm willing to learn from those who are a. much more educated then me and b. think differently. though, coming from someone like her. it comes across as unrelatable. also, trump takes a lot of this authors headspace, which is weird from a Houstonian researcher.

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If you have ever felt any emotion this book is a MUST***

Brene Brown
Offers a spell binding journey through the plethora of emotions that we all experience. She holds our hand and encourages us to go to the best and scariest places,continuously reminding us WE CAN DO THIS. She reassured us we will all be better off. The prize is authentic connection and a deeper experience of Love with ourselves and all others.

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Brene Brown has helped me navigate some awfully difficult times in life. In some ways I feel indebted to her research and writing. However, this book kinda felt like a bad counseling session. Somewhere along the line Brene has found enough justification to insert her political ideology into her writing. I found it
So strange that she was willing to join the public pile-on for people who deviate from the mainstream narrative. After all, aren’t we all here to grow and be better to each other in love and sacrifice? Is there room to accept people who hold different ideals? I hope in the future that Brene does not use her research as a weapon to divide but to redeem and unite.

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The etymology of emotion is laid out with perfect grace and detail. I finally have the words…

Brené Brown has been a driving force for positive change in my life since 2014. I would dare to say she is THE conversation starter/leader for the catalytic power of vulnerability, shame, and connection in the lives of diverse, yet uniquely similar, humans worldwide. I will be forever grateful for the words to express things I have longed to say for years. These words have validated my feelings and brought meaning to confusing situations and emotions, and best of all — they help me make sense of myself and my relationships. I highly recommend this book

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Enjoyably self confronting master piece

I wish it was an international requirement for every household to have a copy of this book. It helps to re-educate myself and encourage others to do the same to better understand oneself and our behaviors towards each other. A true guide to re-define and dissect terminology regarding emotions and feelings, that will help to make each encounter and interaction with oneself and others more meaningful, effective, and purposeful.
It is so much more engaging when the author narrates his/her own story. Thanks for sharing you!

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Audio is the way to go for Atlas of the Heart!

The way Brené Brown narrates brings life. Her voice communicates - I far prefer her narration to reading her books. She made this an engaging book.

Atlas of the Heart covers emotions. For me, every minute of it evokes feelings. She eases the listener into an openness to others' true feelings, and this will improve the quality of one's life, I believe.

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A must read for everyone!

So great to get educated on what affects us everyday! I'm incredibly appreciative Brene leads us down a path we want to go but may not know how.

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