TBR Thursday #9

Happy Thursday! I’m still unable to understand how today is only Thursday after the hard week we’ve had, but apparently it is, so here we are for another edition of TBR Thursday.

TBR Thursday is my (semi) weekly column where I feature a book from the TBR. This week’s pick is…

Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole by Susan Cain


Bittersweetness is a tendency to states of long­ing, poignancy, and sorrow; an acute aware­ness of passing time; and a curiously piercing joy at the beauty of the world. It recognizes that light and dark, birth and death–bitter and sweet–are forever paired.

With Quiet, Susan Cain urged our society to cultivate space for the undervalued, indispensable introverts among us, thereby revealing an un­tapped power hidden in plain sight. Now she em­ploys the same mix of research, storytelling, and memoir to explore why we experience sorrow and longing, and how embracing the bittersweetness at the heart of life is the true path to creativity, con­nection, and transcendence.

Cain shows how a bittersweet state of mind is the quiet force that helps us transcend our personal and collective pain, whether from a death or breakup, addiction or illness. If we don’t acknowledge our own heartache, she says, we can end up inflicting it on others via abuse, domination, or neglect. But if we realize that all humans know–or will know–loss and suffering, we can turn toward one another.

Bookshop.org synopsis

Why It’s On My TBR

I never actually read Cain’s well-known book about the power of introverts, Quiet, but I always liked that it existed. As someone who loves reading about how people process grief and sadness, this book definitely stuck out to me as one I needed to read.

What about you, book friends? Is this one on your list?


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