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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

New Malcolm Gladwell in-store!



What the Dog Saw
is a great introduction to Malcolm Gladwell's writing for those of you who haven't had a chance to delve into his work before. A compilation of writing from a decade of columns in the New Yorker, What the Dog Saw treats various themes in Gladwell's distinctively engaging and thought-provoking manner.

As a lover of fiction, I appreciate someone who can make learning and statistics come alive like characters. Gladwell has the ability to, as he describes, "convince [him]self that everyone and everything has a story to tell." Don't believe me? Check out this amazing TED talk about the significance of spaghetti sauce:

(P.S. If you don't know about the TED talks, they are one of my favourite things to make dinner to - yay for learning!)

From the inside flap: "What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the twentieth century?" Find the answers within.

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