Better Apart: The Radically Positive Way to Separate


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Harper Paperbacks
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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Mama, teacher, artist, bestselling author, and host of the Practice You Podcast, Elena Brower has taught yoga and meditation since 1999. Her first book, Art of Attention, has been translated into seven languages, and her second, Practice You, is a bestseller. Her third book, Being You, was released in early 2021. Elena's yoga and meditation classes are on and her Essential Mentorship is beloved for bringing analog creativity to online coursework. She oversees a global team of teachers with doTERRA, and her spoken word work can be heard on Above & Beyond's Flow State albums.

Gabrielle Hartley served as co-chair of the American Bar Association Mediation Week Committee and is a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, the Hampshire Bar Association, and the New York Bar Association family law section. Gabrielle's works and contributions are available across media channels including the Woolfer and Thrive Global, and she has been quoted as an expert on television, podcasts, and in the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Post. She divides her time between NYC and Northampton, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and three sons. Learn more about Gabrielle's online services including mediation, strategic legal consulting, representation, and the Better Apart Professional method for divorce practitioners at


"Potent, accessible tools for your family and your future." -- Gwyneth Paltrow, New York Times Bestselling Author and Founder of GOOP

"Addressing the practical, emotional, and spiritual, Better Apart is a major paradigm shifter. As a child of divorce, the lessons within this book resonated deeply with me and I'm hopeful for the future of separating families who'll have access to this wisdom."
-- Kate Northrup, bestselling author of Money: A Love Story

"By encouraging parents to forget perfection and establish clear rules and workable schedules, this book demonstrates that some families can truly be better apart." -- Dr. Sharon Saline, clinical psychologist and author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life

"Gabrielle and Elena provide a warm and thoughtful approach to divorce that includes both legal wisdom and healthy psychological principles. Their discussion of custody and co-parenting leads you on the path toward a calmer and happier future for you and your children." -- Robyn Landow, PhD, psychologist and parenting coordinator

"Gabrielle inspires and educates with a practical, accessible approach, empowering readers to think beyond blame, shame and anger, and instead focus on personal growth, financial integrity and a peaceful reorganization of the family unit. This book is a must read for those looking for a roadmap to a better, happier, healthier life Post-divorce." -- Marcelle Kott, Esq., Partner, Berger Schatz, Chicago, IL

"Better Apart is my top recommendation for anyone who is wrestling with the "divorce" question but feeling shame or fear around it. Gabrielle sets out a do-able approach to not just survive divorce - but thrive emotionally, financially and spiritually in life after separation. Her thoughtful but practical book lays out a roadmap for using "crisis" as a unique opportunity for mindful living and personal growth. An amicable divorce truly is possible and Gabrielle lays out the steps to get there without sacrificing your well-being." -- Erin Levine, Esq. CFLS, CEO of Hello Divorce and Levine Family Law Group