Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blurbs about 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Featuring a blurb(s) about a book I have either read or will read that has some real representation to the book, or has had some impact in my reading the book.  After all, what are blurbs for, if not for influencing our decision to read the book? 

This week's blurb selections comes from a book I have just started reading.  It actually just came out in paperback today! :).  The book is:

Just before the Author's Note in 'Quiet' there are quite of few impressive blurbs.  As I was reading them I knew for sure that I wanted to read this book.  A few in particular struck me as very representative of what I have heard the book to be about, or what I would like to gain from reading the book.

"Briliant, illuminating, empowering! Quiet gives not only a voice, but a path to homecoming for so many who've walked through the better part of their lives thinking the way they engage with the world is something in need of fixing."  
 -JONATHAN FIELDS, author of Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Briliance

There are plenty of us who have gone through this struggle.  At one point or another in our lives we've had to doubt who we are because we thought we were in need of fixing ourselves. I, myself, have experienced this.  I am not an introvert by nature, actually.  I am naturally an extrovert.  Somehow, though, over the period of time I have experienced the need and even a more natural progression to being more of an introvert.  So I know very closely the struggle of 'needing to fix' something you feel you're gravitating towards. And even a little bit about the struggle between between extrovertedness and introvertedness.

"Shatters misconceptions... Cain consistently holds the reader's interest by presenting individual profiles... and reporting on the latest studies.  Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic has richly paid off."  
 -ADAM M. GRANT, Ph.D., associate professor of management, the Wharton School of Business

This shows that it's not a book based on some whimsical opinions, but on basis of research and a philosophy of thoughts that she has studied over time.  I am excited to read her book knowing this.

"Once in a blue moon, a book comes along that gives us starting new insights. Quiet is that book: it's part page-turner, part cutting-edge science.  The implications for business are especially valuable: Quiet offers tips on how introverts can lead effectively, give winning speeches, avoid burnouts, and choose the right roles.  This charming, gracefully written, thoroughly researched book is simply masterful."  
 -Publisher's Weekly

Yes, there is a larger picture at play with this book.  That is seven more fascinating.  The impact of a such a book moves from the individual to the larger society as a whole.  The theme of introvertedness is implicated at the individual level as well as the societal level, and I was happy to learn that this book covers both. 

One last blurb I'd like to share with you all about this book is the following. It summarizes pretty much all of that it is supposed to do first and foremost, it fills the gap that exists today about introverts, first and foremost.  A groundwork for conversation is the first place to start to change the way something works in this society.  And if this book can have any impact, it is first and foremost at this level, to bring to surface a topic of our lives we have somehow left behind but is in needs of serious attention.

"Quiet elevates the conversation about introverts in our outwardly oriented society to new heights.  I think that many introverts will discover that, even though they didn't know it, they have been waiting for this book all their lives."  
 -ADAM S. McHUGH, author of Introverts in the Church

What's your blurb of 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking' by Susan Cain?

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