Quiet, the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain (Crown Publishers), is a non-fiction book, which would be located in the Personality-Psychology section of our local bookstore – if we still had local bookstores. Cain, a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, and corporate lawyer, took five years to write this book about the power of quiet people – including Rosa Parks, J. M. Barrie, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Dale Carnegie and Barack Obama. Cain’s book explores the process and strength of the quiet individual, comfortable with himself, and not swayed by a pressing need for the comfort, complicity, and constancy of companionship. Cain also argues that collaboration kills creativity, and that the best work of isolation is undervalued in our culture. Cain asserts that introverts have their own ways of resolving conflict and making decisions. Whether you are the introvert, live with an introverted partner or child, or work with the estimated one third or more of individuals who are introverts, Cain shows how to best hear and honor the “voice” of the individual who doesn’t start talking until others have finished, and maybe never starts at all. This book helps us remember to collect and respect our thoughts before dialogue begins, and also to respect those individuals who may not be talking at all, but hold the best ideas like cards pressed against their chests. I place this book in the “highly recommend” category. It will change the way you parent, conduct meetings, and solicit opinions of others. I have referred to this book in conversation more times in 2012 than any other book I’ve read.