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23 Signs You’re Emotionally Intelligent & Destined for Success


Soft skills — what are they, anyway? And which ones are essential to a successful career? Dan Schawbel has the answer in his new book, Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success.


Your Feedback Needed — Please Take This Poll About The QUIET Online Book Club

Hi everyone, In place of my usual Friday reading/listening recommendations, this week I’d like to ask for your feedback on the QUIET Online Book Club. We’ve had some terrific Book Club meetings, and I’d like to make this a regular monthly event, on a set day and time that works for as many of you […]


Welcome to the QUIET Book Club Meeting!

Hi everyone, we’re discussing People of the Book tonight! I’m going to kick off with a simple question: Did you like the book? Why or why not? Please answer in the Comments section below, and then we’ll take it from there — feel free to add your own questions, observations, and so on. Looking forward […]


Reminder: The QUIET Book Club is Wednesday Evening…

…at 8 p.m. EST. We’ll be discussing the fabulous “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks. The meeting will be held right here on the blog. I hope you can make it!


OK, you have to read “People of the Book,” by Geraldine Brooks,

not only because it’s our next QUIET Book Club selection (the meeting to discuss it will be on Wed. September 28, at 8 pm EST) but because it’s an incredible read. It’s really six or seven page-turning stories in one, and each is set at a different (tragic) moment in history, from World War II […]


A Reading Idea for the Weekend

Here’s something you don’t know about me. I am crazy about home décor. Actually, even if you lived right next door to me, or in my own house for that matter, you wouldn’t know this, because for the past few years I’ve been pregnant with babies and books and had no time to think about […]


The Votes Are In, and The Next QUIET Book Club Selection Is…

…People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks. I’m not so surprised by this choice, since I think that many people who are attracted to this blog ARE people of the book (not in the Biblical sense, but in the bibliophilical one). In fact, when my husband and I got married, we made up Hebrew surnames […]


Please Vote for the Next QUIET Online Book Club Selection! (The Next Meeting Will Be Held Right Here on the Blog)

Hi everyone, It’s time to organize the next meeting of the QUIET Online Book Club. The first meeting was really interesting — lots of you joined in to discuss Marilynne Robinson’s GILEAD. I must report that I have since been obsessed with all things Marilynne Robinson — just finished HOME, which is a companion piece […]


Want to Suggest Our Next Book Club Pick?

Hi everyone, Wanted to report that on Tuesday night, we had a terrific inaugural meeting of the QUIET Online Book Club! I was inspired by how enthusiastically everyone participated, and what useful things you all had to say about “Gilead,” our first book selection. I’ve been thinking about the book differently since hearing your perspectives, […]


Welcome and Instructions for Tuesday Night Book Club

Here are instructions for joining the QUIET book club discussion of Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.


Reading for the Weekend

Hi everyone, In lieu of my usual reading suggestions for the weekend, here is a passage from Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, which we’ll be discussing this Tuesday in the inaugural session of the Quiet Online Book Club. “I went up to the church to watch the dawn come, because that peace does restore me better […]


Book Club Reminder: We’ll Be Discussing “Gilead” This Tuesday!

Hi everyone, just a reminder that the first meeting of the Quiet Online Book Club will take place this coming Tuesday, August 16, from 8 to 9 pm E.S.T., on my Facebook page (log-in instructions to come). I’m really excited about this event and hope that as many of you can join as possible. It […]


Reading Ideas for the Weekend: Stage Fright in Hollywood, A Golden Age for Introverts, and More

Hi everyone, Here are some reading picks for the weekend: 1. New Study Investigates Stage Fright in Elite Actors: This is an article describing interesting research on 136 elite actors. One key takeaway: “The things we normally think might affect stage fright simply don’t. Confidence was the only predictive variable…Professional status, experience, success, age, or […]


The Quiet Book Club Selection Votes Are In, and the Winner Is…

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson! Last Thursday, I asked you to vote on which of three books you’d like to read for the first meeting of the Quiet Online Book Club. Thank you so much for your enthusiastic response. The results were: Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson: 29 votes Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart: […]


The Quiet Book Club is Here — Please Vote For Your First Book Selection!

We’ve been talking for a while about launching a Book Club on this site. It’s time finally to get started! Every month we’ll choose a paperback book, and give ourselves three weeks to read it. During the fourth week, we’ll meet back on this site, or perhaps on my Facebook page, for a great discussion. […]

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Bill Gates names "The Power of Introverts" one of his all-time favorite TED Talks.

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QUIET has been voted the best nonfiction book of 2012


1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

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