Book of the Week 5/20/13

Quiet

Are you a quiet person or know one in your life? Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Crown, 2012), the New York Times best seller by Susan Cain reflects on the topic of the introvert, their struggles from everything from being told to “speak up!” to being undervalued in general.

Cain shows us a side of quiet people with a refreshing, bright perspective, including stories from actual introverts. The author shows that introverted people can be (and are) as intelligent as extroverts, how some have made differences in the world as we know it, and most important, Quiet is well-written and thoroughly researched.

I could easily relate to many contents in Quiet, being I was both a shy child and adolescent. To a degree, being an introvert played a role in my own writing. There are many “quiet” authors – among other professions – who managed to succeed.

As another reviewer pointed out, without introverts, the world would be devoid of:

The theory of gravity
The theory of relativity
W.B. Yeats’s The Second Coming
Chopin’s nocturnes
Proust’s In Search of Lost Time
Peter Pan
Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm
The Cat in the Hat
Charlie Brown
Schindler’s List, E.T., and Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Google
Harry Potter

If you’re looking for works of nonfiction that will help boost self-esteem of either yourself or someone you love, Quiet should be at the top of that list.

Advertisements