From Bestselling Author Kerry Patterson Comes The Gray Fedora: Lessons on Life, Business, and Everything In Between

Provo, Utah June 15, 2015 – After nearly two decades of both educating and entertaining a worldwide audience with his New York Times bestselling books and monthly column, Kerrying On, author Kerry Patterson today released a new book, The Gray Fedora: Lessons on Life, Business, and Everything In Between (VitalSmarts Press; Hardcover; June 15, 2015; $19.99).

Comprised of forty of his readers’ favorite stories from Kerry’s personal experiences, The Gray Fedora includes Kerry being nearly dragged from a moving car, blown to pieces, burned up, and eaten by sharks. But he somehow manages to escape in order to share stories about these fascinating places, wonderful people, and the lessons they teach us.

The Gray Fedora stories include:

  • Kerry’s disastrous first date in The Marshmallow Massacre
  • Hidden dangers faced by today’s youth in He Glows in the Dark
  • Abuse of corporate power in The Captain’s Fireplace
  • The warm glow of a holiday tale in A Christmas Gift.

“My life’s work has culminated in books like Crucial Conversations that rely on social science and decades of consulting experience — so, as you can imagine, it was a bit of a departure to essentially write a bathroom book,” joked Kerry. “Each story runs four pages so the book fits nicely into a ‘one-story-per-sitting’ environment. The hope was to make it accessible to all readers — no matter their age or background. In essence, what I try to provide in The Gray Fedora are insightful, touching, and often humorous stories from the life of a baby boomer who stumbles his way through equally confusing childhood, teenage, and adult years — en route to a looming dotage.”

The book, published by VitalSmarts Press, is available in hardcover (192 pages) and can be ordered on

Note to Editor: Kerry Patterson is available for interviews. Copies of the book for review are also available upon request.

About Kerry Patterson:

Kerry is a prolific writer who has coauthored numerous articles and award-winning training programs. Kerry is coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers Change Anything, Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability, and Influencer. Kerry is a recipient of the OB/HR Teacher of the Year Award, Mentor of the Year Award, and the 2004 William G. Dyer Distinguished Alumni Award from Brigham Young University. Kerry, a father of four and grandfather of fourteen, resides in Provo, Utah, with Louise, his wife of more than forty years. There, the two are holed up in their basement designing custom-fitted drool cups for their dotage.

About VitalSmarts:

Named one of the Top 20 Leadership Training Companies, VitalSmarts, a TwentyEighty, Inc. company, is home to the award-winning Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability, Influencer, and Change Anything Training and New York Times bestselling books of the same titles. When used in combination, these courses enable organizations to achieve new levels of performance by changing employee behavior. VitalSmarts has consulted with more than 300 of the Fortune 500 companies and trained more than one million people worldwide.


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