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The Art of Comforting Book Description and Audience

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Media Appearances

Print and Online

Coping with Cancer Magazine, The Language of Comforting: What to Say (and What Not to Say) to Someone Facing Cancer. (March/April 2014 and March/April 2016)

Good Housekeeping, Help a Friend Deal with Infidelity. Ginny Graves asks Val to weigh in on how to comfort to a loved one or friend who feels betrayed. (October, 2012)

Chicago Tribune, How to Offer Comfort Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy’s Q&A with Val. Reaching out can be one of the hardest things to do. Here are some tips from the author of The Art of Comforting. (March, 2011)

Marie Claire Magazine/blog, How Do You Help a Friend Who’s Grieving? by Maura Kelly (Followed by Do’s and Don’ts for Comforting a Friend Post-Breakup, and 4 Myths about Comforting Friends)

Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Bernstein asks Val for advice about how to offer support to grieving people in her article, When a Friend Grieves, How to Get Sympathy Right (January, 2011), Maia Szalavitz interviews Val about the art of comforting, noting how today’s college students may be 40% less empathetic than their predecessors thirty years ago. Mind Reading: The Art of Comforting. (January, 2011) >

USA Weekend Magazine, LiveSmart, Be There, Be All There for Them, an excerpt from The Art of Comforting, (January, 2011)

Good Housekeeping Magazine, How to Help a Friend, an excerpt from The Art of Comforting, offering do’s and don’ts for reaching out. (December, 2010)

Good Housekeeping Podcast Audio Internet Reading of How to Help a Friend article

AARP Bulletin Online, The Author Speaks, Interview with Val Walker, by Christie Findlay Learning to Soothe A Soul. (November, 2010)

Maclean’s Magazine, What Grieving People Need from You-Promising to “be there” doesn’t mean dropping off a casserole, then vanishing. Article about The Art of Comforting by Julia McKinnell (November, 2010)

Whole Living Magazine, How to Comfort Someone in Crisis, an excerpt from The Art of Comforting, (October, 2010)

Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Listen Closely A First Person Q&A with Val Walker by Nancy Heiser (October, 2010)

Commitment Now, Q&A with Val Walker by Paula Davis

Employment Times and (Maine), A 3-part series of articles devoted to job seekers, Helping a Friend or Loved One Who Has Lost a Job. 2011

TV and Radio Interviews, Podcasts
207 Maine TV News Magazine, November 2011


Planetary Spirit with host Jeff Ferrannini, Boston, October 2012

Your Money and Your Life with Hosts Amy Wood and Jane Honeck, Boston, September 2012

All Sides with Ann Fisher, WOSU Public Media, NPR Affiliate in Columbus, Ohio (Second appearance in 2012)

All Sides with Ann Fisher, WOSU Public Media, NPR Affiliate in Columbus, Ohio (First appearance, Broadcast July 2011)

The Unexpected Caregiver with Kari Barit, KYMN, Minnesota  (Two appearances, 2012 and 2011)

The Bill Moller Show WGN Radio, Chicago, Dealing with Grief (Broadcast April, 2011)

Positive Parenting with Armin Brott on Armed Forces Radio (Broadcast March 4, 2011)

The Jefferson Exchange, Jefferson Public Radio, Oregon (December 2010)

AARP Prime Time with Mike Cuthbert (November, 2010)

Positively Incorrect with Scott Cluthe  (October, 2010)

The Women’s Room with Gina Lemanowicz  WGLS-FM, New Jersey and Philadelphia (October, 2010)

Tuesday Night Talk Radio with Chris White   WMPG, Portland, Maine (October, 2010)

Living a Good Life with Terry Miller WRFR-LP, Camden, Maine (August 2010)


Publishers Weekly, Review and Praise

Library Journal Self-Help Books, Review and Recommendation

San Francisco Book Review Review and Recommendation by Grady Jones

Tucson Citizen Online -Shelf Life by Larry Cox

Advice Sisters Guide to Life, Success, and Happiness

Internet Review of Books

Bookend Babes, Cordes Psychiatry

Bookin’ It Staff Picks, Little Falls Minnesota Bookstore

Mom Blog Network-Recommendation

To Be Thode—Review

Joyfull Living—Review

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