Bittersweet

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In this inspiring masterpiece, bestselling author Susan Cain shows the power of ‘bittersweetness’ – a tendency toward sorrow and longing, an acute awareness of passing time, and a piercing joy when beholding beauty. But what are the powers of a bittersweet, melancholic outlook? she asks. And why has our culture been so blind to its value? Bittersweetness recognises that light and dark, birth and death – bitter and sweet – are forever paired. As ‘Bittersweet’ shows, our obsession with happiness is not making us happy, healthy, or whole. It’s only by embracing our darker emotions – as well as the light – that we discover our deepest meaning and connection, love and joy. It can change the way we work, the way we create and the way we love – for it is the hidden source of our love stories, moonshots and masterpieces.

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AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING

“Amazing and profound . . . every single person should read it” Johann Hari

“Moving and eloquent” Sunday Times

Whether you long for the partner who broke up with you, or the one you dream of meeting; whether you hunger for the happy childhood you’ll never have, or for the divine; whether you yearn for a lost person, an unborn child, the fountain of youth, or unconditional love: These are all manifestations of the same great ache…

In this inspiring and genre-bending work, Susan Cain – author of the international bestseller Quiet – shows us the power of a “bittersweet” outlook: the overlooked tendency to states of longing and poignancy, and a piercing joy at the beauty of the world.

Embracing the bittersweet means understanding that light and dark, birth and death – bitter and sweet – are forever paired, and that by recognising this we can find the true path to creativity and connection.

Bringing to light the ideas of artists, writers and thinkers from all over the world, and her own quest for answers over the course of a lifetime, Susan Cain fundamentally shifts our understanding of life by teaching us how to turn sorrow into an enriching superpower.

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Weight 260 g
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.6 × 3.6 cm
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Paperback

Pages

296

Language

English

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Dewey

155.2 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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