Writing this from the plane — I’m finally returning to my family after a few days on the West Coast. If you were in the San Francisco airport early this morning, I was the one hauling gigantic, bleeping, honking toy garbage trucks through the terminal. The batteries from this trip’s batch of presents for the kids were, unfortunately, included.
During the past couple of days I gave talks at Microsoft and Google. Incredible experience — the audience at both companies was so keen and so thoughtful. If any of you are reading this: THANK YOU! Next week, I’m off to Washington D.C, to speak to the U.S. Treasury and Noblis.
And now, for my usual recommendations for the weekend:
1.Ward Sutton’s Drawn to Read, from the Barnes and Noble Review: This is a review and distillation of QUIET -in graphic novel form. And I swear I’d recommend it even if it had nothing to do with my book. It’s absolutely genius, and hilarious, and I am now Ward Sutton’s #1 fan.
So here are two more of his reviews:
2. Ward Sutton, on “That Used to be Us,” by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum.
3. Ward Sutton, on “Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead,” by Neil Strauss.
And now, here are some of the latest highlights from the QUIET media blitz:
—QUIET will debut at #4 on the New York Times Bestseller Lists and #3 on the Washington Post Bestseller List!
-My NPR interview (which I discussed earlier in the week) generated a lot of attention and turned out to be the station’s #1 most recommended segment. NPR’s All Things Considered hosts Melissa Block and Audie Cornish also highlighted QUIET again in a separate segment, reading aloud outspoken emails from introverts.
-The Washington Post: Q&A session with ‘On Parenting’ blog author Janice D’Arcy.
—Newsday: Q&A session I did with the fabulous Charlotte Abbott about QUIET.
—Fortune.com discusses QUIET in their article entitled Can Introverts Succeed in Business, and Andrew Keen praised QUIET in his very smart CNN.com opinion piece, We Must Avoid Facebook’s ‘Creepy’ Cult of Transparency.
—MediaBistro.com: Brief review of QUIET after its debut at #3 on the IndieBound Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List.
I’m also thrilled to report that QUIET debuted at the #2 hardcover nonfiction spot on the Heartland Indie Bestseller List!
Whew, that’s all for now. Hope you have a great weekend!
Moving on up the lists! I’d argue that It’ll climb to number one soon enough. I’m about half way though Quiet on my nook and I am loving it; how it has been organized flows beautifully and what you have to say is supremely engrossing!
I started Quiet this weekend and it’s been really interesting so far. I thought the Drawn to Read review captured the contrast between the Tony Robbins and Elaine Aron seminars quite accurately! Very funny. Congratulations on your debut on the bestseller lists, I hope the book stays on them for a long time. Thank you for your validation of introversion, so lacking these days.
I just started reading your book, Quiet, and as a life long introvert who has at times struggled to find a fit in a culture of personality, I am enjoying all those “aha” moments I come to, reading through the book. No doubt about it, I am a classic introvert.. and have probably fought against this my entire life. But if given the chance would I choose to give up those parts of myself (reflective, questioning, insightful) in order to be more gregarious and at ease in a crowd? Well, perhaps this question never even dawned on me until now, but the answer is a no without hesitation. Susan, whoever you are, and however you came to write this wonderful book, it has made me ravenous for understanding. I am quite sure you must get a hundred million responses like this, and so, no doubt you may never really see mine, I wish I could send a “thank you” technologically aided to be sure it gets to you…Thank you for your reflective and meticulous nature which brought this book to my eyes!
This note is for Rich, above. Susan really does read all of her e-mail and comments. So rest assured, she will see what you wrote and it will touch her greatly. Even though she’s now a New York Times bestselling author, I’m making a bet that seeing a comment like yours is still what is going to make her day! (aside from a few nights sleep and time with her family).
A fellow introvert and fan of Susan’s work!
Hi,Susan. I just finished your book and I LOVED it so much. For what it’s worth, I I have review up on my site:
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for such an intensely researched and in-depth work on this deeply neglected topic. I am an introvert working in a field custom-designed for extroverts, and your book has been a lifeline for me. It was a great read! I just hope it gets out there and starts to garner some attention to this topic so there can be a little more balance in the kind of interpersonal traits we value in American society.
I ordered a copy of QUIET before it’s release because I was (am!) very curious and excited to know more about this point of view. I have struggled with, and overcome, painful shyness, but continue to be an introvert in a extrovert’s world. I work as a librarian, and have often joked that I chose librarianship because it was one of the last professions where you could be respected as a quiet person. Over the 30-something years I’ve been involved in the field, however, it, too, has gone over to the cult of personality! I am actually proud of myself, that I’ve hung in there and been able to thrive in my chosen and loved profession. I’m approaching retirement, though, and while others long to travel, I long to stay home with a book or to go for a long walk and, well, just to not have to push myself to be more outgoing than is my nature. I think it’s probably exhausting for me in a way that it would not be were I an extrovert. Thank you for the fun-to-read and enlightening book!
I caught your interview on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane this morning, and listened as well as I could with two toddlers in the car. I am so excited to read your book, and will suggest it to my book club!
As I listened I wanted to make two comments, but would have never been able to call in, so I thought I’d post them here.
First (and I missed most of the part about childhood education, unfortunately), when I drop my 4-year-old off at PreK, I am simultaneously proud of and fearful for my daughter, who often goes in and plays quietly on her own while the other kids in the class play in their different groups. I admire her quiet confidence (although I’m sure she’s too young to realize this behavior is slightly unusual in our culture, and would probably require confidence later in life), and I hope it can always stay with her. I fear that social pressures will force her to become someone she’s not, or that she’ll be teased because she’s different.
Second, I struggle as an introverted parent because the constant noise (a kind of “stimulation,” I now realize) of small children can really get to me. I’m sure extroverted parents struggle with this too, but I long for the quiet that is rarely available to a mom who never gets a day off.
Thanks in advance for what sounds like a great book! I hope a lot of people read it, and that it makes a difference in how introverts are able to be in schools and the workplace.