Book Review: Mess

08/08/2015

 
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Author Barry Yourgrau wasn't a hoarder, but he was getting close. Mess  is a thoughtful and highly entertaining memoir chronicling his deep dive into his mess and the psychology behind it. Read my review here

 
 
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Emotional eating gets a bad rap; all eating is emotional in some way. It's emotional overeating that's a problem. In Mindful Emotional Eating, author Pavel G. Somov, PhD explains the difference between mindless and mindful emotional eating and provides useful strategies. Read my review here.


 
 
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Emily White, who wrote the interesting memoir Lonely seeks community in Count Me In. Read my Psych Central review here.

 
 
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Introverts don't necessarily need to learn how to be alone, but if you're like to read (or share) an interesting manifesto on the benefits and mechanics of solitude, perhaps this book is for you. Click here to read my review of How To Be Alone by Sara Maitland.

 
 
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Do you tell yourselves stories about your life and the people around you that don't serve you? Click here to read my review of The Stories We Tell Ourselves, by R. Scott Gornto, on the website Psych Central.

 
 
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If you can, then click here to read an interview I did with a magazine in Switzerland. I can't read it, but I'm told it's very nice. 

(P.S. No offense to all the very cosmopolitan Swiss people--the cow photo is a memory of a really lovely hiking trip I took in the Swiss alps. I paused to eat lunch in a high meadow where it was just me and the cows. Introvert bliss.)

 
 
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Two new translations of The Introvert's Way have been released. I always love seeing foreign editions. Makes me feel so international.  Now it's available in Korean, French, German, and Dutch.  Introverts in Love will soon be available in French.

 
 
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I'm writing an advice column about relationships of all kinds on Quiet Revolution, a website created by Susan Cain author of the best seller Quiet. Come visit The Social Introvert, and if you have questions you would like addressed, send them to me at lifeadvice@quietrev.com

 
 
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I had the fabulous opportunity last week to talk to two of NPR's best interviewers.

First I chatted with Brian Lehrer on WNYC. You can listen to that here.

Then I spent an hour with Krys Boyd on the KERA show Think. That's posted here

After I finished the second interview, I hopped in my car and zoomed down to Austin for an appearance at BookPeople, which was great fun. Thanks to all who came out!

Two funny stories : One of the Think producers said she got a few phone calls from people who said that they didn't want to go on the air but would she ask me a question for them. (No--so they emailed their questions.) And a guy who works at BookPeople said he'd never seen so many people lurking around the edges of the area where I was speaking, watching from a distance. I could see people peeking around bookshelves. My people. 

 
 
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I've got all kinds of radio happening this week. On Thursday, February 12, I'll be talking to Brian Lehrer on WYNC from 11:20 to 11:40 a.m. ET. It streams here and will eventually be posted here.

That same day, I'll be talking to Krys Boyd on Think, KERA, from 1 to 2 p.m. CST. It streams and will be posted here.

And the next day, Friday, February 13, I'll be on the Jefferson Exchange in Oregon--check it out here.

(PS: This photo was taking at the Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue in NYC. Sweet!)