Thursday, September 5, 2013

Susan Cain's QUIET - The Introvert's Manifesto

Happy Thursday! I don't know about you guys, but MAN...this week is zooming by at high speed. With the new look and new schedule, Thursday will continue to be dedicated to book reviews - all kinds of book reviews. Fiction, non-fiction. Adult, YA. Self-help, cookbooks...anything is game. Sometimes I will have links to other Bookanista reviews, sometimes not as the group re-organizes. The point is, Thursdays are all about whatever it is I am reading.

This that in mind I wanted to bring you Susan Cain's QUIET. As most of you know, I have a nonfiction book for parents and educators releasing next month entitled Quiet Kids. Part of the research for that book came from reading anything and everything related to introversion. Including this piece of pure mastery - QUIET:

Release Date: 1/24/2012


Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)
From the Introduction:
 At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society-from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.
Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.
Why I liked it: 

I will never forget finishing the book, rereading my manuscript for Quiet Kids and wondering why on earth I was bothering to write the book. I mean, Susan Cain had effectively said anything I wanted to say on the topic and done so with a level of pure brilliance. She is the epitome of the NF writer I would like to be. QUIET is a masterpiece, a manifesto giving voice to a often misunderstood segment of the population. Most important, she gives permission to every introvert to just be who they are!

Now obviously I figured out what to say in QUIET KIDS that would offer something new to the conversation, but I would be remiss if I didn't give a nod to the author and the book that has been the inspiration to so many introverts.

Thank you Susan Cain for your absolute brilliance. While I may not be in agreement with everything, I applaud your endeaver to bring into the light a conversation that most introverts would not have been able to have themselves!

Read this book - if only to see how a nonfiction book should be crafted.

What are you guys reading these days? Any suggestions for me?

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