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“I Dare Me” by Lu Ann Cahn is an Inspiring Tale of How Pushing Yourself to Try New Things Every Day Can Change Your Life

Veteran journalist looks back on a life changing “year of firsts” and offers practical advice and insight on how you, too, can get “unstuck”
Book is due out Nov. 5 from Penguin Group’s Perigee Books

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 3, 2013) – Beginning with an ice-cold plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 1, veteran journalist Lu Ann Cahn set out to rediscover herself. Over the next 365 days, she would try something new every single day and chronicle her journey on a vlog and through social media – no small feat for a woman who up until that point refused to even text and was terrified of the ocean.

I Dare Me cover FINAL 08-28-13In her new book, “I Dare Me,” due out Nov. 5 from Penguin Group’s Perigee imprint, Lu Ann looks back on that life-changing year and offers practical advice and insight on how you, too, can get “unstuck.”

2010 was to unchartered territory for the eight-time Emmy award winner who at 53 was facing an empty nest and a new media landscape in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. She was angry and frustrated. She knew she had to change her outlook on life, even as the world around her appeared to be falling apart.

It was her daughter who suggested she push herself to try doing something new every day, and Cahn readily accepted the challenge. As she tried new experiences, things started to quickly change. Life was no longer overwhelming. She was energized and excited; she found herself looking forward to each new day and the next rush. And surprisingly, she found that the little things, like going to the movies alone, had just as much impact as the extreme challenges – like zip lining over a crocodile-infested lagoon. There was a cumulative effect.

“I Dare Me” inspires readers to take charge of their life, to push themselves to try new things and gain a different perspective. And while it’s peppered with anecdotes and memories from her own One Year of Firsts, it also includes interviews with experts that focus on why this approach works.

“I know how I changed over the course of 365 days, but I’m still an investigative journalist at heart, so my professional training kicked in when I was writing the book. I wanted to know the science behind this – why did hula-hooping like a kid, or baking for hours on end, help me feel better about life?” explained Cahn.

And those who have read advance copies couldn’t agree more with her balanced approach.

“I love the bold and brave spirit of this book—along with its wit, warmth, honesty and endearing sense of fearless self deprecation. In these pages, the author has packed not only a year of courage, but also more than enough for a lifetime. I think (and hope) that her journey will inspire many others like it!” said Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love.”

The hardcover book sells for $22.95 and is currently available to pre-order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle and Nook.

About Lu Ann Cahn

Lu Ann Cahn is the author of the inspirational memoir “I Dare Me,” an entertaining look back on a year that changed everything for her. The book grew out of a blog called One Year of Firsts, which chronicled this veteran journalist, mother and survivor’s daily adventures as she pushed herself to try something new for every single day – an effort to get her life “unstuck,” as her daughter put it.

She approached the project the same way she does her work as a reporter at NBC10 News (WCAU-TV) in Philadelphia, where she’s won 8 Emmy awards over the last 26 years.

Cahn has filled many roles at WCAU TV – breaking news reporter, anchor and entertainment show host – but is mostly known as a hard-charging investigative reporter with a talent for uncovering scandals and scams. In 2005, Cahn won a National Emmy for her undercover investigative story “Dirty Little Secret” about an illegal bar run by elected officials in their dry town.

In 1991 Cahn made local and national news when she publicly told her story of battling breast cancer after a missed diagnosis when she was only 35. Her 1992 special report “Breast Cancer: My Personal Story” won her a national Clarion award and two Mid Atlantic Regional Emmys.

Cahn also had surgery for ulcerative colitis and kidney cancer. She regularly speaks on behalf of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, other area cancer support groups and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. She hopes it will inspire others.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Cahn grew up in Atlanta and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Georgia. She is married to NBC10 Photojournalist Phil Houser. They’re proud of their daughter Alexa, who dared herself to start her own company and is now the CEO of Bad Kids Clothing.

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  1. Hi-res images of Lu Ann and the book cover, as well as an excerpt and quotes from other authors, are available for download and publication in the MVPR Press Room, Username: press / Password: Ready2Print (case-sensitive)
  2. The book is currently available to pre-order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle and Nook.

“I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day”
By Lu Ann Cahn
Published by: Penguin Group
ISBN: 9780399161674
Pages: 240
Price: $22.95 US
Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2013