Books about Social Interaction

  1. The Importance of Being Earnest

    by Oscar Wilde
    A lighthearted comedy of manners, full of witty dialogue and satirizing Victorian society.

    Oscar Wilde's madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The ... (Goodreads)

  2. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

    by David Foster Wallace
    Collection of stories exploring male relationships and the complexities of human behavior.

    In his startling and singular new short story collection, David Foster Wallace nudges at the boundaries of fiction with inimitable wit and seductive intelligence. Venturing inside minds and ... (Goodreads)

  3. Northanger Abbey

    by Jane Austen
    A young woman's journey of self-discovery, navigating the complexities of high society.

    Seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland is one of ten children of a country clergyman. Although a tomboy in her childhood, by the age of 17 she is "in training for a heroine" and is excessively fond of ... (Wikipedia)

  4. Sodom and Gomorrah

    by Marcel Proust
    Fourth volume of "In Search of Lost Time" exploring the complex relationships and social dynamics of high society in early 20th century France.

    Sodom and Gomorrah – now in a superb translation by John Sturrock – takes up the theme of homosexual love, male and female, and dwells on how destructive sexual jealousy can be for those who suffer ... (Goodreads)

  5. Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour

    by Kate Fox
    An anthropological study of English culture, revealing the hidden rules and social codes that govern their behavior.

    In WATCHING THE ENGLISH anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. She puts the English national character under her anthropological ... (Goodreads)

  6. How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

    by Leil Lowndes
    Guide to developing and maintaining successful personal relationships.

    "You'll not only break the ice, you'll melt it away with your new skills." – Larry King "The lost art of verbal communication may be revitalized by Leil Lowndes." -- Harvey McKay, author of "How to ... (Goodreads)

  7. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

    by Maya Van Wagenen
    A teenage girl follows a 1950s popularity guide for a year, learning valuable lessons about self-confidence and acceptance.

    A touchingly honest, candidly hysterical memoir from breakout teen author Maya Van Wagenen, Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t ... (Goodreads)

  8. The Garden Party and Other Stories

    by Katherine Mansfield
    A collection of short stories exploring the complexities of human relationships and societal norms in early 20th century New Zealand.

    Written during the final stages of her illness, "The Garden Party and Other Stories" is full of a sense of urgency and was Katherine Mansfield's last collection to be published during her lifetime. ... (Goodreads)

  9. Barchester Towers

    by Anthony Trollope
    Social satire of Victorian England, exploring hypocrisy and ambition in a small cathedral town.

    Barchester Towers concerns the leading clergy of the cathedral city of Barchester. The much loved bishop having died, all expectations are that his son, Archdeacon Grantly, will succeed him. Owing to ... (Wikipedia)

  10. The Truelove

    by Patrick O'Brian
    Captain Aubrey and Dr. Maturin embark on a perilous mission to rescue a British agent from French-controlled territory during the Napoleonic Wars.

    Surprise sails eastbound from Port Jackson in New South Wales . Jack Aubrey is in an ill-humour as a result of the frigate 's visit to the abysmal penal settlement – firstly, because Stephen ... (Wikipedia)

  11. Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

    by John Elder Robison
    An honest account of a man's life with Asperger's, exploring his unique perspectives.

    Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, ... (Goodreads)

  12. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    by Carson McCullers
    Exploring the lives of diverse characters in a small Southern town, unearthing secrets and desires.

    The book begins with a focus on the relationship between two close friends, John Singer and Spiros Antonapoulos, deaf-mutes who have lived together for several years. Antonapoulos becomes mentally ... (Wikipedia)

  13. Anything But Typical

    by Nora Raleigh Baskin
    A story about a boy with autism who finds solace in writing stories, but struggles to connect with others in the real world.

    Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world. Most days it’s just a matter of time before something goes wrong. But Jason finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes ... (Goodreads)

  14. A Gentleman in Moscow

    by Amor Towles
    A Russian aristocrat's life of imprisonment in a grand hotel, discovering the beauty of life in confinement.

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel With his breakout debut novel, ... (Goodreads)

  15. The Sociopath Next Door

    by Martha Stout
    An exploration of sociopathic behaviour and how to identify it in individuals.

    Who is the devil you know? Is it your lying, cheating ex-husband? Your sadistic high school gym teacher? Your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings? The colleague who stole your idea and ... (Goodreads)

  16. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

    by Kathleen Rooney
    An elderly woman's journey through the streets of New York, reflecting on her extraordinary life.

    It’s the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk. As she traverses a grittier Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she ... (Goodreads)

  17. The Wisdom of Crowds

    by James Surowiecki
    Examining the power of collective intelligence to solve problems, make decisions and drive innovation.

    In this fascinating book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant–better at ... (Goodreads)

  18. The Disconnected

    by Oğuz Atay
    Explorations of the inner self and the everyday life of a group of university students.

    Türk edebiyatının en önemli eserlerinden biri olan Tutunamayanlar'ı Berna Moran, "hem söyledikleri hem de söyleyiş biçimiyle bir başkaldırı" olarak niteler. Moran'a göre "Oğuz Atay'ın mizah gücü, ... (Goodreads)

  19. The Robots of Dawn

    by Isaac Asimov
    Detective story set in the future, unraveling mysteries of robotic behavior and morality.

    Detective Elijah Baley of Earth is training with his son and others to overcome their socially ingrained agoraphobia when he is told that the Spacer world of Aurora has requested him to investigate a ... (Wikipedia)

  20. The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better

    by Gretchen Rubin
    A framework to better understand yourself and others, and the best way to get along with different personalities.

    In this groundbreaking analysis of personality type, bestselling author of, Better Than Before, and, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin reveals the one simple question that will transform what you ... (Barnes & Noble)

  21. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

    by Amy Cuddy
    Uncovering the power of body language and how to use it to create success.

    Have you ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over? Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation? The very moments that require us to be ... (Barnes & Noble)

  22. Is It Just Me?

    by Miranda Hart
    An exploration of the joys, challenges and complexities of everyday life.

    10th Anniversary of hit TV show. A Sunday Times Number One Bestseller, Miranda Hart will carry you along with the sheer force of her charm, bumbling cheer and charisma. -, Sunday Express, Well hello ... (Barnes & Noble)

  23. The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country

    by Helen Russell
    A British woman's experience immersing in the culture of Denmark, learning lessons on living a better life.

    Denmark is officially the happiest nation on Earth. When Helen Russell is forced to move to rural Jutland, can she discover the secrets of their happiness? Or will the long, dark winters and pickled ... (Goodreads)

  24. I Suck at Girls

    by Justin Halpern
    A humorous and honest account of a young man's awkward and often hilarious attempts to navigate the world of dating and relationships.

    "Growing up, every time I saw a men's magazine cover that had a headline about '73 Ways to Please Your Girlfriend', all I could think was 'I'm good with one; just tell me one way to please her. Also, ... (Goodreads)

  25. Dibs in Search of Self

    by Virginia M. Axline
    An exploration of the inner world of a troubled child, seeking self-worth and acceptance.

    The portrait of a little boy achieving, under therapy, a successful struggle for identity. ... (Goodreads)

  26. A Big Guy Took My Ball!

    by Mo Willems
    Piggie's ball is taken by a big guy, but Gerald stands up for his friend and gets the ball back.

    Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is ... (Goodreads)

  27. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

    by Jen Campbell
    Lighthearted collection of humorous conversations between bookshop customers and staff.

    A simple Twitter question posed by John Cleese—“What is your biggest pet peeve?”—inspired Jen Campbell to start a blog collecting all the ridiculous conversations overheard in her bookstore. “Did ... (Barnes & Noble)

  28. Games People Play

    by Eric Berne
    A psychological exploration of the ways people interact, creating meaningful relationships.

    We think we’re relating to other people–but actually we’re all playing games. Forty years ago, Games People Play revolutionized our understanding of what really goes on during our most basic social ... (Goodreads)

  29. The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

    by Matt Ridley
    Examines how evolutionary biology shapes human behavior and sexuality.

    Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass , a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for ... (Goodreads)

  30. What Every Body is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People

    by Joe Navarro
    A guide on interpreting body language to understand people's thoughts and intentions.

    Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and ... (Barnes & Noble)

  31. The Definitive Book of Body Language

    by Allan Pease
    Comprehensive guide to understanding nonverbal communication and its implications.

    Available for the first time in the United States, this international bestseller reveals the secrets of nonverbal communication to give you confidence and control in any face-to-face encounter–from ... (Goodreads)

  32. Cotillion

    by Georgette Heyer
    A romantic comedy of manners, as an unsuspecting young woman navigates a world of intrigue.

    Heroine Kitty Charing has been brought up in rural isolation by her rich and eccentric guardian, Matthew Penicuik (pronounced PENNY-cook), whom she calls Uncle Matthew. Uncle Matthew makes the ... (Wikipedia)

  33. I Will Surprise My Friend!

    by Mo Willems
    Elephant and Piggie are best friends, but Elephant wants to surprise Piggie. Will his plan work?

    Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Will Surprise My Friend! , Gerald ... (Goodreads)

  34. Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book

    by Richard Scarry
    A fun and educational book that teaches children the importance of manners and being polite.

    Join Richard Scarry's beloved characters Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, and more as they learn about the importance of manners. From how to behave at school, to sharing, to important safety rules - and ... (Goodreads)

  35. The Homecoming

    by Harold Pinter
    A family reunion turns into a power struggle as secrets are revealed and tensions rise.

    After having lived in the United States for several years, Teddy brings his wife, Ruth, home for the first time to meet his working-class family in North London, where he grew up, and which she finds ... (Wikipedia)

  36. How to Be Popular

    by Meg Cabot
    A high school girl transforms herself from a social outcast to a popular girl, but realizes the true value of friendship and being true to oneself.

    Steph Landry has been the target of jokes since sixth grade when she spilt a red Super Big Gulp on Lauren Moffat's white D&G skirt. In response, Lauren coined the phrase "Don't be such a Steph ... (Wikipedia)

  37. Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

    by M.E. Thomas
    A chilling memoir of a successful lawyer who is also a sociopath, revealing the inner workings of a mind devoid of empathy and emotions.

    The first memoir of its kind, Confessions of a Sociopath is an engrossing, highly captivating narrative of the author's life as a diagnosed sociopath. She is a charismatic charmer, an ambitious ... (Goodreads)

  38. Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

    by Helen Fielding
    A humorous and relatable account of a single woman's life, love, and career struggles in London.

    In the course of the year recorded in Bridget Jones's Diary , Bridget confides her hopes, her dreams, and her monstrously fluctuating poundage, not to mention her consumption of 5277 cigarettes and ... (Goodreads)

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