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Talking to Strangers

What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know

The author presents a rich (and sometimes disturbing) collection of stories, coupled with research, to help readers understand how we interpret the actions of people we do not know. This book is an especially important read for those working to forge conversations and collaboration across differences in our state.

Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Year of Publishing: 2019
Number of Pages: 400

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  1. JK (verified owner)

    This was a great read that really highlights how common miscommunication is and how these misjudgments on our part can have sometimes devastating affects. It really makes you rethink all of your interactions and take into consideration if you could have been more understanding of someone in the past or should have stood up to some nefarious comment.

  2. Mel Murphy (verified owner)

    Slow but thought provoking

  3. tstevensgarcia (verified owner)

    Really interesting take on how and why misunderstandings occur between people.

  4. rawritsmonica (verified owner)

    This book changed my views on a lot of things about myself and about others. It taught me how to interpret things and to talk to strangers and not to have a bias based on the interactions.

  5. Sandy Moyer (verified owner)

    Excellent. I’ve always said, “Talk to strangers”.
    Gladwell writes great books.

  6. veronica (verified owner)

    I’m a huge fan of Malcolm Gladwell books and Talking to Strangers does not disappoint. I love his use of storytelling to make a point versus sounding academic and boring to rely concepts.

  7. BStiller (verified owner)

    This was a fascinating collection of data and stories on who we trust and why. Malcolm Gladwell points out our biases, the issues of group thinking and how to be better. I appreciate the author’s ability to shine a light on world problems through true stories. I hope that moving forward I will do better at giving the benefit of the doubt, but also thinking for myself as I move forward “Talking to Strangers”

  8. Nickm (verified owner)

    Gladwell is such an amazing writer. Wonderful book on understanding perspectives and thinking about miscommunication differently.

  9. Jennifer Lau (verified owner)

    The book provides lots of provoking moments to ponder and discuss in a group. Highly recommended for a book club selection.

  10. Jen (verified owner)

    Great read which thought provoking insights regarding the topic of trust.

  11. marclang (verified owner)

    I appreciated the general concept of this book. In this day and age, it’s imperative that we find a way to connect with others, especially those who are different from us. This book offers some solid points of consideration as we seek to do this.

  12. phauder (verified owner)

    Talking to Strangers was a typical Malcolm Gladwell book: it took a complex concept, and made a story (or stories) out of it. I enjoyed it as much as his previous works. It took me awhile to get the gist of the theme, but the story-telling was–as always–magnificent. I will add this book to my treasured collection of his work, and will for sure re-read it in the next few years!

  13. Catcat11 (verified owner)

    I loved this book because of the history lessons. It’s amazing how much we judge (or misjudge?) others from the outside. It’s changed the way I see and listen to people as well as how I ask questions to see what is really happening.

  14. Antaranie Humbert (verified owner)

    Very interesting!

  15. Umpqua Gal (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed this book. I’m always skeptical of nonfiction, because it usually has a slant and some sort of bias. And although this one had a slight bias, it was still very interesting and that bias didn’t get in the way of the storytelling.

    It’s basically a bunch of historical short stories of how humans have judged other humans incorrectly, which each act as an example of how things aren’t always as they seem.

    A good reminder to never judge a book by its cover.

  16. Ashley Johnson (verified owner)

    Amazing, check out Oprah’s interview with the author as well.

  17. jmczech14 (verified owner)

    Gladwell uses stories to illustrate how our biases can lead us to the wrong impressions about others and their intentions. It was such a good read that my son picked it up and finished it in just 3 days.

  18. madelinefulkerson (verified owner)

    This was a really awesome read that provided me with opportunities for personal reflection and curiosities.

  19. Faith (verified owner)

    Really excited when I saw this book on here. Such a great read.

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