Monthly Nonfiction: A “Quiet” Review

8520610Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Crown, January 24, 2012 (Nonfiction)

My rating: Liked the place, but the food was bad (2/5)

So here we are, another month, another nonfiction read. Normally, I’m not a non-fiction reader, but since I do moderate the nonfiction book club and work in the nonfiction department at my library, I try to make an effort. This October, the nonfiction book club took on Susan Cain’s Quiet.

I had heard Cain speak at the Ontario Library Association’s Superconference a couple of years ago and was intrigued. She was a great speaker and highly valued a number of personality traits that I felt I possessed. So when it was suggested that the nonfiction book club read Quiet, I was all for it.

I really wanted to love Quiet. It’s about introverts and much of what Cain points out is really powerful stuff. This book is filled with quotes and facts to back up Cain’s claim of the value of the introvert personality. Unfortunately, I did not find the written format as dynamic as I did when I first saw Cain at that conference. (more…)