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With incisiveness, passion, and humor, Joe Moran offers an eclectic and original exploration of what it means to be a "shrinking violet."

Full Synopsis
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.

"Whether you're boldly outgoing or reticent and self-effacing, you'll find something to inspire, inform, or surprise in this thoughtful, beautifully written, and vividly detailed cultural history.” ---Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet

"Beautifully written, appealingly candid, and thoroughly engaging, Shrinking Violets deserves a very wide readership.” ---Christopher Lane, author of Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness

"Shrinking Violets is an intriguing, poignant, and passionate story about shyness in humans and animals. I was captivated from start to finish.” ---Joanna Bourke, author of What it Means to be Human

Shrinking Violets

The Secret Life of Shyness

Author Joe Moran

Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Publication date Feb 21, 2017

Running time 8 hrs 20 min

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