Non-fiction – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking


Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. New York: Broadway Books, 2013.

Genre : Non-fiction
Target audience: Second Cycle Students

As described by the publisher

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams.

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions.

Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

QUIET has been translated into thirty-six languages, has appeared on many “Best of” lists, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its Most Creative People in Business


I discovered this author (Susan Cain) on the TED Talks web site where I listened to her talk (go and watch it !). It got me curious because I think I am an introvert myself although I occupy a very extraverted job. It explains what being an introvert really means (by the way it does not mean that you like being alone all the time and that you don’t like social activities).  It is a great read because it allows us to see quiet students in a different light. A must read for parents but also for teachers, especially language teachers since we expect our students to be talking a lot of the time !

The book also comes with a Teacher’s Guide. I think the topic of extravert / introvert would be a great one to use with Second Cycle Students.

– Published by Tanja Vaillancourt, Pedagogical Consultant

1 réflexion sur « Non-fiction – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking »

  1. Je le lis présentement en français et c’est très intéressant de voir le monde sur un autre angle. Plusieurs personnes pourraient se reconnaître et découvrir qu’ils apportent du positif à l’ensmeble.

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