The World's Religions (Plus) by Huston Smith. Explores the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and native traditions. Emphasizing the inner—rather than the institutional—dimension of these religions; attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and Jesus; conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Argues we dramatically undervalue introverts; shows how much we lose in doing so; charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture; introduces us to successful introverts. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people.