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The Book of Times


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Lesley Alderman is a writer and editor on health and finance. She cowrote the Patient Money column for the New York Times for three years and is a former deputy editor of Real Simple and staff writer for Money. Alderman has contributed articles to a variety of national publications, including Barron's, Bloomberg Businessweek,, Parenting, Prevention, and Time Books. She edited First Impressions: What You Don't Know About How Others See You (Bantam), which was translated into twenty-four languages. Alderman is also a certified yoga instructor. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.


"Fascinated by how we spend-and waste-our most precious commodity, journalist Lesley Alderman gathered the sometimes-surprising stats for her debut, The Book of Times"--People
"...a compendium of surprising measurements of everything from love affairs to mental functions. How much of our waking time do we spend daydreaming? Nearly half. How long does it take to have sex, on average? A brisk 19.2 minutes."--Parade Pick
"...a fascinating foray into familiar terrain and a revealing look at how we really spend our lives."--Mental Floss
"Read this book and you'll find out how time impacts ... areas of life such as love, work, money, and family."--The Columbian
"This handy-dandy little volume encourages us to consider [time] hundreds of fascinating ways. ... Burrowing down into the many interesting factoids of this infinitely browse-able tome, no matter how long you stay at it, makes for time well spent."--American Profile
"The Book of Times is informative and entertaining and a marvelous way to while away the time on a business commute or a lazy afternoon."--Iron Mountain Daily News
"A new book confirms what most of us already suspect-timing is everything. In The Book of Times, which was published in early February, Lesley Alderman, a health and finance reporter, compiled data from hundreds of studies to offer insight into how we spend our time."--JESSICA FERRI for Yahoo!
"Alderman's greatest achievement is the continual delivery of quirky knowledge that our collective curiosities crave."--Forbes
"Brooklyn journalist Lesley Alderman collects hundreds of surprising surveys from around the world revealing how we spend our hours."--New York Post
"This clever and entertaining compendium contains everything you'd want to know about the ticking away of seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, decades and centuries."

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