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Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience

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Brené Brown

8 Hours 29 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

February 2022

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 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 eighty-seven 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

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  • Kristin B.

    This book is a life-changer for me. I've been trying to "map out" the trainwreck I call my life for a long time now. I cant say thank you enough for opening my eyes and my heart to taking that first step and then all the wonderful ones after that! Definitely beats walking on "eggshells!"

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  • Anonymous

    It's okay. I didn't know what I was expecting going in, as this was my first time reading or listening to Brene Brown book. She talks about naming emotions and then gives examples and family stories. I would have liked if the book had more depth, more science, more research of what emotions are. Because I don't feel like I gained much reading this book I give an average score of 3 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Life changing and with your narrative this gave me a completely new outlook!! Thank you

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  • Anonymous

    There are some helpful parts in this book, but it felt like I was attending lectures in a college classroom. I was struggling with reading the hard copy version, so I thought I'd try the audio one. Still difficult to get through all the quoted research.

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  • nothdtv818

    Definitely a book I plan to read at least once each season! Often times, I'm at a loss for words searching for the right thing to say that would accurately convey my emotions in the manner that I would like them to be portrayed. I usually find myself in situations where I say something, and it doesn't get interpreted the way I had intended. Unfortunately, miscommunication is very present in many of my relationships today; especially with the relationship I have with my immigrant parents. Don't get me wrong, I love my parents and we have an amazing relationship now, but there were struggles and still a few struggles now. Many things get lost in translation and many things get misinterpreted, but that is no one's fault but my own and it's something I'm still learning to navigate. Atlas of the Heart, took me on a huge trip down memory lane and made me relive through so many different experiences in my life. It touched on so many emotions that I have often generalized under happy, sad, or mad. I started asking myself questions - What makes me... me? Why did I feel that way? Why did I react that way? Was I the only one going through that at the time? Society and social media perpetuates this fantasy of what our life should be at certain time periods in life - its overwhelming and lonely. Even now, we slowly isolate ourselves and subconsciously compare ourselves to the other person on the other side of the screen. Some of us sink away even deeper into thoughts of worth. Am I enough? It's scary thinking about raising kids right now and wondering what they must be feeling and wondering will they be okay. I can only hope that more people take the time to read this book and learn to navigate through their emotions by themselves and with others. Emotions and language are important. The emotions we feel and the words we use to express those emotions help us to feel whole. This book made me feel whole. It made me feel present and heard. I live by a philosophy: Treat others the way I would want someone to treat my future kids. Carrying this mentality keeps me optimistic about the future. So in an effort to pay it forward and spark more conversations about the importance of emotions and language, I wanted to post a review on this book in the hopes that whoever is reading this review gives it a chance. It's worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Simply amazing. What Brown brings to her book, as narrator of the audiobook was exponentially impactful for me and provided me with insight that I otherwise would not have had. This book has helped me immensely in defining, understanding, and as a direct result, finally being empowered to effectively communicate my feelings in my relationships that has immeasurably created positive results. Best book I’ve read (listened to) in…forever. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone and certainly to adults that struggle with the after effects and triggers resulting from childhood parental/sibling/peer trauma. Many, many thanks to Brené Brown.

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  • Roxanne

    I like the book and have found it very helpful for sorting through past events in my life. I’ve read some of the authors work in the past as well as watched her on TED tv so when I saw this book I knew it would be a good read.

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  • Rebecca B.

    There is a magical quality to Brena Brown. Pretty much everything about her touches my soul, speaks to my heart and transforms my thinking. I absolutely love the way she thinks, the way she talks and especially the way she laughs. I've come to the conclusion that Bernie Brown is addicting to me. But this is a good addiction - I can't seem to get enough of her knowledge through her books. I honestly believe she is genius. Let's just say I "get" her. I remember the exact intersection I was at in Sacramento about 12 years ago when I first heard of her on the radio and I remember thinking I'll have to check her out! I'll be forever glad I did.

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  • Badger

    just download it. just do it!!. it's excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Another winner

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