Sunday, May 2, 2010

What The Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

I would venture to guess that most everyone who reads nonfiction on a regular basis has read at least one book by Malcolm Gladwell.  He is a brilliant writer, presenting true life stories in a way that the reader has probably never looked at them.  What The Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, his latest work, is a collection of his best essays that have been published in The New Yorker over the past 15 years.

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Some of the essays in the book are riveting, and a few I could have lived without.  I found the profiles on Cesar Milan, "The Dog Whisperer" and Ron Popeil, the celebrated pitchman to be completely fascinating.  Gladwell consistently forces the reader to look at things in a different way, and consequently I always feel challenged after reading his work.

If you're a Gladwell fan, this book is a must.  If you haven't experienced his unique, thought-provoking writing, What The Dog Saw is a great way to start, in the form of easily digestible essays that will exercise your mind and leave you hungry for more of his fascinating brand of writing.


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