Month: July 2014

I’ve Moved My Website

I’ve moved my website and blog to and will no longer be posting here at calmdowndear.  I hope you will come and join me over in my new home and sign up for email updates over there.  Thanks!


News: My book, Star Spangled Happy, just acquired by St Martin’s Press, Macmillan.

Exciting news!  My book about the American obsession with finding happiness, has just been sold to St Martin’s Press, for publication in late 2015.
Here is the listing from Publishers Marketplace.
July 25, 2014 – STAR SPANGLED HAPPY by Ruth Whippman

Non-fiction: Narrative

Ruth Whippman’s STAR SPANGLED HAPPY: Or How America’s Relentless Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks, the humorous pilgrimage of a cynical UK transplant who when she moves to the States with her family and encounters a country making itself crazy in its pursuit of contentment, decides to put herself through the paces of the multi-billion dollar American happiness machine; she attends cultish-sounding personal development courses, reads Eckhart Tolle, visits the rafters of Christianity’s mega-churches, explores the lengths to which American parents go to make their children happy, and in the end unveils a startlingly straightforward, rigorously researched, and universal answer to our relentless pursuit that requires no hot yoga and comes absolutely free of charge, to Jennifer Weis at St. Martin’s, in a pre-empt, by Steve Ross at Abrams Artists Agency (NA).

To read the original New York Times article on which the book was based, click below

New York Times:  America the Anxious