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April 3rd, 2013
12:42 PM ET

ESPN anchor's first novel focuses on women's relationships in face of adversity – Mike Greenberg explains why

Fans know him as one-half of ESPN's popular "Mike & Mike in the Morning". Now the sportscaster is adding title to his resume, that of novelist.

Mike Greenberg's first novel is titled "All You Could Ask For". Chances are sports fans will be surprised by the story, which focuses on the relationships of women during time of adversity.

Greenberg talks with John Berman and Brooke Baldwin on "Starting Point" about his book, and explains why he has decided to donate 100% of the book proceeds to fighting cancer.

Filed under: A little fun • Books
January 11th, 2013
10:05 AM ET

'Your Killer Emotions' author and life coach Ken Lindner on 7 steps to a happier life

Ever had a moment where you have gotten upset and made a poor decision? “The Life-Choice Coach,” Ken Lindner says he knows how to control those urges which will ultimately lead to success, personally and at work. Lindner, author of "Your Killer Emotions: 7 Steps To Mastering The Toxic Emotions, Urges, And Impulses That Sabotage You" joins “Starting Point” this morning to discuss his new book and how it will help others make life-enhancing personal and professional decisions.

Linder who has counseled people for over three decades on making positive life choices says, “The one thing that has stood out is that you can be brilliant, you can have the best life strategies but if you make a decision when you’re angry, when you’re hurt, when you feel resentful, jealous – you can make a toxic decision.” He says people make that that toxic decision “because you want to opt for a quick fix, you want to retaliate quickly, you want to feel good.”

When it comes to keeping you emotions in check Linder says “you never want to make a life choice when you are overwhelmed with emotions.” To deal with the emotions properly, Linden says you should “step back, you want to be cognitively clear and you want to make a strategic choice.” He adds figuring out ahead of time what you want out of every interaction is one of the best things you can do in an emotional state.

“Fear can be positive, anger if it catalyzes you to do something positive can be very very good,” says Linder. He goes on to say that “emotions per say aren’t positive or negative. It’s the expression of the emotion which is positive or negative.” He says there are certain life steps that can be taken to achieve any goal but the key to acting them out is being “cognitively clear.” Linder says his book explains just how to use your emotions to get to a level of clearness.

Filed under: Author • Authors • Book • Books • Happiness • Inspiration • Optimism
December 27th, 2012
09:23 AM ET

"Devil Meets Prada" meets Washington; former Senate staffers dish on D.C. culture in new novel: "Capitol Hell"

Alicia Long and Jayne Jones are the authors of "Capitol Hell"; a book they’re calling "Devil Wears Prada" meets Washington D.C. Inspired by life on Capitol Hill, the novel follows a naive young girl who goes to work for a demanding boss and gets in way over her head. Except this time the young girl is working for a newly elected senator who's seen as a rising political star. The writers are former Capitol Hill staffers, who both worked for former Republican Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota. Alicia Long and Jayne Jones come to the studio to dish on the new book this morning.

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Filed under: Books • D.C. • D.C. culture
December 20th, 2012
11:32 AM ET

What would it be like to grow up with a chimp? Jenny Lee explains in 'Project Nim'

When Jenny Lee was 13, an unusual guest joined her family: a chimpanzee.

Nim, the 3-year old chimp, became "like a brother" to her, Lee says, while he lived and played with her family in a controversial experiment to teach the chimp sign language.

Lee joins "Starting Point" Thursday to discuss Nim's stay with her family, which is featured in an HBO documentary "Project Nim," debuting Thursday on HBO at 9 p.m.

Filed under: Books • Documentary • Science