What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures - Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell, the master of the quirky mashup and incomparable author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, serves up a feast of his favorite New Yorker pieces in What The Dog Saw (Little Brown, $27.99). The eponymous essay is a profile of the charismatic dog trainer, Cesar Millan; in his signature counterintuitive approach, Gladwell is less interested in Millan than he is in what’s going on inside Millan’s dog’s head, and by the end of the piece, even cat people will be eager to know. Gladwell’s insatiable curiosity about other people’s motivations and desires leads to such diverse ruminations as who’s most likely to be hired, who’s most likely to make a killing in investments, and why there are so many kinds of mustard but only one ketchup.

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ISBN: 9780316075848
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 20th, 2009

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ISBN: 9780316076203
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Published: Back Bay Books - December 14th, 2010

A Human Eye: Essays on Art in Society, 1996-2008 - Adrienne Rich

During her long career as a poet and essayist, Adrienne Rich has graced us with collections that looked at the works of dozens of writers, and with A Human Eye: Essays on Art in Society 1997-2008 (W.W. Norton, $24.95), Rich offers seasoned commentary about poets Muriel Rukeyser and LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), poetry of contemporary Iraqi poets, and gay and lesbian poets. She also includes an appreciation of James Baldwin, a writer whom she (like Chinua Achebe; see his new book of essays, below) admires and was influenced by. This essay began with Rich receiving a letter bearing a Baldwin postage stamp. The first question she asked was why, in the midst of the Bush fils years, were we commemorating this critic’s life? As she updated the piece for this book, she wondered what, if anything, had changed, even as the country was poised to elect its first African-American president.

Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays - Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith has always had a penetrating eye and a sharp wit, both of which are as much at work in Changing My Mind (Penguin Press, $26.95) as they were in her novels, White Teeth and On Beauty. In this volume, we are granted entry to Smith’s inner world, learning what she thinks about writers, the craft of writing, travel, and politics. Showcasing her best essays and criticism, the collection proclaims Smith as a cultural and intellectual powerhouse from whom we can continue to expect great things.

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ISBN: 9780143117957
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Published: Penguin Books - October 26th, 2010