Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"Waiting On" Wednesday

This weekly event is hosted by Jill at

My can't wait to read book this week is:

Release date: Oct 20

I love the spin Malcolm Gladwell puts on things we take for granted OR simple things never think about

from cover:
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 20th century?

In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: The Tipping Point; Blink; and Outliers. Now, in What the Dog Saw, he brings together, for the first time, the best of his writing from TheNew Yorker over the same period.

Here is the bittersweet tale of the inventor of the birth control pill, and the dazzling inventions of the pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz. Gladwell sits with Ron Popeil, the king of the American kitchen, as he sells rotisserie ovens, and divines the secrets of Cesar Millan, the "dog whisperer" who can calm savage animals with the touch of his hand. He explores intelligence tests and ethnic profiling and "hindsight bias" and why it was that everyone in Silicon Valley once tripped over themselves to hire the same college graduate.

"Good writing," Gladwell says in his preface, "does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else's head."What the Dog Saw is yet another example of the buoyant spirit and unflagging curiosity that have made Malcolm Gladwell our most brilliant investigator of the hidden extraordinary.


  1. Great book, I may have to give this one a try. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. This sounds like an interesting read. Never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing it :)

  3. Sounds like a good book, I'll be watching for it!

  4. This sounds interesting. Believe it or not I haven't read his books before, but may have to give this one a try.

  5. Juju ~ it is sin't it! LOL a dog & a shoe ;)

    ann marie, Book Chick City & Mary ~ if you want a light, non-fiction that everyone can relate to read then you must try this ..and then pick up his previous books :)He covers so many topics, some more interesting then others and leaves you looking at things all around you with a different perspective.

  6. Crystal ~ try his most recent "Outliers" to get a feel for his style.

  7. Love the cover and the title, too cute!

  8. This sounds so interesting and it focuses on so many different things.

  9. Krista ~ me too, so simple!

    Diane ~ yay, another Gladwell fan!

    Rachel ~ it sure does and that's what makes it such an intersting read!

  10. I love Gladwell, I think I may have to read this one,too