“In the end,” writes author Chris Pavone, “The Expats is about the themes I chose from the start: marriage, and reinvention. But I deleted most of the passages about boring activities; it’s at least as boring to read about laundry as it is to do it. Instead I added some espionage, and then a large chunk of stolen money, plus an assortment of characters’ duplicities, not to mention the FBI and the CIA and Interpol, and for good measure a dubious gun bought from a Scottish pimp in the red-light district of Amsterdam….It’s still a book about real life, housework and all. Just a little bit more exciting.”
Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet, shares public speaking tips for introverts, including this one: “For many speakers – and especially for introverts – preparation is key. Take your time crafting your speech so that it flows logically and is illustrated with stories and examples. Practice it out loud, until you’re comfortable. If it’s an important speech, videotape yourself.”
Bestselling author Susan Cain shares tips for raising an introverted child. Her book Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves. If you’re the parent of a “shy” child, this list will help you treasure your child. As Susan Cain points out, “introverted children can be kind, thoughtful, focused, and very interesting company.”
Susan Cain shares tips for educators, to help them serve their entire classroom – both extroverts and introverts. Her book Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves. “Balance teaching methods to serve all the kids in your class,” Susan suggests. “Extroverts tend to like movement, stimulation, and collaborative work. Introverts prefer lectures, down time, and independent projects. Mix it up fairly.”
“I recently moved into an apartment with built-in bookshelves – best feature of the apartment and the main reason I moved in,” says Share Your Bookshelf grand prize winner RIFer Laurel M. “This is the bookshelf in my bedroom and one of three in the apartment. I’m going to miss these bookshelves when I move! My books are not necessarily in any order but most of these are ones I haven’t read yet. I keep the books I think I will read again or that have sentimental value; I give the rest away for someone else to enjoy.”
RIFers, happy 2013! Hope your holidays were peaceful and full of good books. We’re so excited about the books we’ll be sharing with you in the new year, and we wanted to give you a sneak peek at a few of them. From A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, the brilliant debut novel by Stegner Fellow Anthony Marra, to M.E. Thomas’s provocative memoir Confessions of a Sociopath, to new books by RIFer favorites Taylor Stevens and John Elder Robison, Read It Forward is bringing you some of the most talked-about books of the year – long before they hit the shelves. Is there a favorite book or author you’d like to see featured on Read It Forward this year? Let us know!
RIFers, as 2012 comes to a close, all of us at Read It Forward are grateful to have shared another year of fabulous books with you. We’re so glad you’re here, and we’re delighted to present the Read It Forward Best Books of 2012! Featured on Read It Forward and chosen by RIFers, these titles received the most “Likes,” shares, tweets, comments, and reviews from the Read It Forward community. Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel Gone Girl, Brian McGrory’s entertaining memoir Buddy, Gretchen Rubin’s inspirational new book Happier at Home, Sarah McCoy’s unforgettable novel The Baker’s Daughter, Susan Cain’s bestselling book Quiet, and Lawrence Osborne’s literary thriller The Forgiven, just to name a few. These novels, memoirs, and books that inspire really got you talking this year, and we want to continue the conversation – join us!
“Every book is a separate little journey that we take it because we want to see where it leads,” says novelist Kieran Shields. “But alongside that desire to discover something new is a competing force, the pull of the familiar, that urge to search for a familiar face in a crowd, even when you’re in a strange new place. As intriguing as it is to start down a new road, it can feel all the richer for knowing that you’ll see old friends along the way. I suppose that’s the answer to why I wrote a sequel. I’d spent a lot of time with these characters in The Truth of All Things. I wasn’t ready to part company from them just yet. I wanted to know what happens next.”