Shrinking Violets by Joe Moran
A Field Guide to Shyness

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The result is not only a guide (and the breadth of Moran’s reading is astonishing). It’s a feat of empathy. Every page radiates understanding; every paragraph, its (shy) author’s gentle wit.
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Shyness is a pervasive human trait: even most extroverts know what it is like to stand tongue-tied at the fringe of an unfamiliar group or flush with embarrassment at being the unwelcome center of attention. And yet the cultural history of shyness has remained largely unwritten—until now.
 
With incisiveness, passion, and humor, Joe Moran offers an eclectic and original exploration of what it means to be a “shrinking violet.” Along the way, he provides a collective biography of shyness through portraits of such shy individuals as Charles Darwin, Charles Schulz, Garrison Keillor, and Agatha Christie, among many others. In their stories often both heartbreaking and inspiring and through the myriad ways scientists and thinkers have tried to explain and “cure” shyness, Moran finds hope. To be shy, he decides, is not simply a burden it is also a gift, a different way of seeing the world that can be both enriching and inspiring.
 

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Published August 25, 2016 by Profile Books. 288 pages
Genres: History, Self Help, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Sep 04 2016

The result is not only a guide (and the breadth of Moran’s reading is astonishing). It’s a feat of empathy. Every page radiates understanding; every paragraph, its (shy) author’s gentle wit.

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