20 Years of Powerful Storytelling


NEW YORK, July 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Since its inception, Chicken Soup for the Soul's books have touched hundreds of millions of readers and have been translated into more than 40 languages. The book series is sold in over 100 countries. As part of its 20th anniversary, Chicken Soup for the Soul celebrates the original book that started the phenomenon, and shares personal insights from people whose lives have changed forever after reading a "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book.

"Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reader's Choice" (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, June 25, 2013, 978-1611599121) contains moving accounts from readers like the military wife who was mentally prepared for the phone call she got from her injured husband the morning after she read a story about a soldier who lost his limbs, the birth mother whose 23-year-old daughter found her through a "Chicken Soup for the Soul" story, and the Vietnam vet who discovered decades later through a "Chicken Soup for the Soul" story that one of the soldiers he rescued as a medic went on to win the Super Bowl four times. The stories in this book are presented in pairs – the new story, written just for the book, followed by the original story or poem that changed the reader-turned-author's life. They are tales of epiphanies, attitude adjustments, motivation, doing good, and the amazing connections that people have made.

In "Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition" (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, June 25, 2013, 978-1611599138) a new generation of readers can read everyone's favorite original stories, plus "20 bonus stories for the next 20 years" from today's top thought leaders. "Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition" contains not only new stories from Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and current "Chicken Soup for the Soul" co-author and publisher Amy Newmark, but also powerful and uplifting stories from MK Asante, Reverend Michael Beckwith, Gabrielle Bernstein, Kris Carr, Deepak Chopra, Lori Deschene, Eric Handler, Darren Hardy, Robert Holden, Tory Johnson, Mastin Kipp, Nick Ortner, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Anthony Robbins and don Miguel Ruiz.

In the foreword to the book, public relations expert Heidi Krupp – who during her extended career has gone from a television producer to igniting and managing some of today's most impactful self-help and personal development thought leaders and brands – reflects on the success of Chicken Soup for the Soul and how this powerful book resonated with her as a young publicity assistant. "Storytelling has always been a great way to pass on advice and wisdom," Heidi writes. "And that's where 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' comes in, as a useful, wise friend, sharing stories with you that will make a difference to you and yours."

"We're extremely proud of what Chicken Soup for the Soul has accomplished in its first 20 years," said Amy Newmark, publisher and co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Soul." "We get thousands of letters every year about the impact of our books. For our 20th anniversary we felt it would be great to give our fans a chance to share how our powerful, positive stories have changed their lives, which they have done in our 'Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reader's Choice' collection. And with the addition of 20 bonus stories from today's thought leaders to the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition' we have created a powerful new version of our classic book, one that will remain relevant for the next 20 years."

About Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes the famous "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series. In 2007, USA Today named "Chicken Soup for the Soul" one of the five most memorable books in the last quarter century. With over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, almost 250 titles in print and translations into more than 40 languages, "chicken soup for the soul" is one of the world's best known phrases. Today, 20 years after it first began sharing readers' experiences, Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to provide extraordinary stories through its new books but has also evolved beyond the bookstore. Chicken Soup for the Soul is known for high quality products including wholesome and balanced pet food that recognizes the unique relationship between pets and people and a new line of delicious nutritious comfort food inspired by the connection between food and feelings. Chicken Soup for the Soul is "always there for you™." For more information visit www.chickensoup.com

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