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A decade ago, I found myself inside Quiet. With Bittersweet, Susan Cain has described and validated my existence once again! Bittersweet reaffirmed that my constant, achy awareness of life's brutiful is a way of life shared across the ages with artists, healers and anyone who pays deep attention. I'll place Bittersweet in the hands of all my feely, achy, beautiful friends -- Glennon Doyle, author of #1 NYT bestseller Untamed

Susan Cain's Bittersweet grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go. I've thought about the depth and beauty in Susan's research and storytelling every day since I finished the book. I will always be grateful for how much Quiet and Bittersweet have helped me understand myself and how I engage with the world -- Brené Brown, author of the NYT bestseller Atlas of the Heart

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the rare book that doesn't just open your eyes - it touches your heart and sings to your soul. Susan Cain gave a voice to introverts, and now she masterfully paints our heaviest emotions in a light that's long overdue. Bittersweet is the perfect cure for toxic positivity and a sparkling ode to the beauty of the human condition -- Adam Grant, #1 NYT bestselling author of Think Again

The stories are very moving . . . The bittersweet state can make us more compassionate and more artistic, [Cain] argues eloquently, and perhaps that's worth the price of the pain -- Laura Hackett ― The Sunday Times

Cain weaves together a huge range of references from neuroscience, music, religion, history and business management with ease . . .
her voice is sincere and clear as she tries to understand the value of the bittersweet . . . I was moved [and] fascinated . . . The world is beautiful and awful and this book helps us to accept that this has always been the case -- Marianne Power ― The Times

Beautifully written . . . she's so clever and so wonderful -- Chris Evans

I have found myself
loving her book, underlining whole paragraphs, reading bits out to my friends . . . Cain manages to be both pragmatic as well as poetic in her book and takes the reader on a journey to help you figure out what truly makes a life worth living -- Suzy Walker ―

Susan Cain does it again! As the author of the worldwide phenomenon Quiet she changed how the world sees introverts. Now she has written a book that will change how the world sees sorrow and longing. This book is an absolute triumph: it's for anyone who has ever really lived, loved, or lost -- Greg McKeown, author of NYT bestsellers Effortless and Essentialism

amazing and profound book about some of the most important feelings in human life - ones that our culture averts its gaze from, but now, thanks to Susan Cain, we can think about, and experience, with extraordinary clarity. Every single person should read it -- Johann Hari, bestselling author of Stolen Focus

Nourishing and wise, Bittersweet fills a gap in our culture that many of us have felt keenly: the need for sadness, poignancy and yearning as part of the full spectrum of human emotion. Just like Quiet, I felt like an aspect of myself was honoured in these pages -- Katherine May, author of Wintering

In Bittersweet, Susan Cain speaks to our souls, to our inner longing for connection and meaning. Her writing is a poignant and profound reminder that it is shadow that gives depth to our vision and transience that makes joy so sweet. Bittersweet is a homecoming for all of us who weep when our deepest sense of wonder is stirred -- Kathryn Mannix, author of Listen and With the End in Mind

In a profound new book set to be as influential as Quiet, Cain - who is obsessed with Leonard Cohen's music - argues that recognising the value of the "bittersweet" - that is, learning to weather times of pain and loss - is powerful and vitalThe Bookseller

Susan Cain finds what is undervalued, quiet, and precious. In Bittersweet she takes you to a room in your own heart full of treasures that you had forgotten about. This is a book to read, feel, and savour -- Jonathan Haidt, Professor of Ethical Leadership at NYU and author of The Righteous Mind

Bittersweet is astonishing -- one of the most gracefully written, palpably human books I've read in years. Its powerful case will reshape how you think about yourself and those you love. Its sheer beauty will linger in your heart long after you turn the final page -- Daniel H Pink, #1 NYT bestselling author of WHEN, DRIVE and A WHOLE NEW MIND

Bittersweet feels like a natural follow up to Cain's 2012 blockbuster Quiet and deserves just as many readers . . . a timely and welcome read for so manyBusiness Insider, 10 best books of April

eye-opening take on the underestimated virtues of melancholy . . . this ambitious work impresses in its dexterous integration of disparate thought traditions into a cohesive, moving, and insightful whole. Like a more intuitive Malcolm Gladwell, Cain delivers a deeply felt study of the profound uses of sorrow and melancholy, a perfect manual for coping with tough times ― Publishers Weekly

With a mix of research and memoir,
Cain uncovers the value of sorrow as an essential component of creativity, empathy and wonder. Artistic, brooding types everywhere will feel seen by Cain's thoughtful analysis, and appreciated for their superpower of transforming pain into art and connection ― BookPage

By the author of the 2012 phenom
Quiet, this timely and timeless exploration of the "melancholic direction" of how "the tragedy of life is linked inescapably with its splendor" is both an antidote for our uncertain times and a toolbox for using angst and yearning as a means of transforming pain into "creativity, transcendence, and love" -- Oprah Daily: The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2022

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beautifully crafted - and well-researched - passages on creativity, sorrow and longing, mortality and grief, and personal redemption . . . This is an intriguing book that takes a profoundly compassionate tilt at connections within the human condition -- Ian McFarlane ― Canberra Times

I can't get Quiet out of my head. It is an important book - so persuasive and timely and heartfelt it should inevitably effect change in schools and offices -- Jon Ronson on 'Quiet'

About the Author

Susan Cain is the author of the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking, which has sold over 2 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. Since her 2012 TED talk was posted online it has been viewed over 40 million times. Her writing on introversion and shyness has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Oprah magazine and Psychology Today. Cain has spoken at the Royal Society of Arts, Microsoft and Google, and has appeared on the BBC, CBS and NPR. Her work has been featured on the cover of Time, in the Daily Mail, the FT, the Atlantic, GQ, Grazia, the New Yorker, Wired, Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, the Washington Post, CNN and She is an honours graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking (21 April 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241300665
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241300664
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 550 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.2 x 3.3 x 24 cm
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SUSAN CAIN is the author of the bestsellers Quiet Journal, Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages, is in its seventh year on the New York Times best seller list, 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.

LinkedIn named her the 6th Top Influencer in the world. Susan has partnered with Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant and Dan Pink to launch the Next Big Idea Book Club and they donate all their proceeds to children’s literacy programs.

Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 30 million times on and YouTube combined, and was named by Bill Gates one of his all-time favorite talks.

Cain has also spoken at Microsoft, Google, the U.S. Treasury, the S.E.C., Harvard, Yale, West Point and the US Naval Academy. She received Harvard Law School’s Celebration Award for Thought Leadership, the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership, and was named one of the world’s top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. Magazine. She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons.

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Bittersweet is an intensely intimate and enlightening exploration of the power of sorrow and longing to make us whole. I defy anyone not to want to read on, having experienced the prelude, the cellist of Sarajevo. Starting from the intense pleasure of music in minor keys, and passion for creation which transcends the brutal destruction of war, the reader is taken by the hand through conversations, ideas and experiences which all enhance understanding and provoke questions.

This book unlocks ideas which have been lurking quietly below the surface. The bittersweet state of mind; poignant, healing, and above all, enlightening
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