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Talking to Strangers
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Dont Know | Malcolm Gladwell
The highly anticipated new book from Malcolm Gladwell, No.1 international bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and David and Goliath In July 2015, a young black woman named Sandra Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation in rural Texas. Minutes later she was arrested and jailed. Three days later, she committed suicide in her cell. What went wrong? Talking to Strangers is all about what happens when we encounter people we don't know, why it often goes awry, and what it says about us. How do we make sense of the unfamiliar? Why are we so bad at judging someone, reading a face, or detecting a lie? Why do we so often fail to 'get' other people? Through a series of puzzles, encounters and misunderstandings, from little-known stories to infamous legal cases, Gladwell takes us on a journey through the unexpected. You will read about the spy who spent years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the man who saw through the fraudster Bernie Madoff, the suicide of the poet Sylvia Plath and the false conviction of Amanda Knox. You will discover that strangers are never simple. No one shows us who we are like Malcolm Gladwell. Here he sets out to understand why we act the way we do, and how we all might know a little more about those we don't.
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Gingerbikerchick
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2021–It took me a while to get through only because I didn‘t make the time. It‘s not that I didn‘t enjoy it while reading it. It‘s like a series of short stories analyzed that all come together and are absolutely intriguing about real life and real interactions. I love true events and I love analysis! Second book of his I‘ve read and found captivating for a non fiction genre/ documentary type.

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marleed
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Talking to Strangers was my first ‘course‘ from my now favorite ‘instructor‘ Malcolm Gladwell. I‘ve since watched interviews, read two more ‘courses‘ - Outliers, What The Dog Saw, and signed up for 2 more. I‘m thrilled my IRL bookclub selected this so I could prioritize a reread. Our Zoom discussion was great.

Amiable I love Malcolm Gladwell! 😍 I would also highly recommend “The Bomber Mafia,“ but definitely get that on audio. The production is amazing. 4mo
marleed @Amiable Ohhh, I‘ll add this to my course load! Thanks!! 4mo
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Clarefoleypeters
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Non-fiction but told in a very story like and readable fashion. Super interesting information.

lazydaizee This is an interesting subject for a book. 5mo
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ICantImReading
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Even if I don‘t fully agree with everything Gladwell writes, I definitely appreciate that my curiosity was piqued and my ways of thinking were challenged. Listening to it was a great experience because it was like a podcast/audiobook mashup. This is an excellent book for contemplation, conversation, and debate. 🎧

marleed I get to reread it next month for an IRL bookclub and I‘m really looking forward to a second pass at it. 5mo
ICantImReading @marleed what a great book club pick! 5mo
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Booknerd2
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An exciting Friday night of an audiobook and a puzzle! Book complete, not so much the puzzle.😎
I absolutely loved this book, and I‘m not a huge nonfiction fan. So many insights into famous encounters; Chamberlain and Hitler, Sandra Bland, Brock Turner, Amanda Knox ….
I highly recommend!! 💜💜💜

Oryx I really liked this too - stories were really fascinating 5mo
marleed I get to reread this book this month for my IRL bookclub. I'm so excited. This was my first Malcolm Gladwell and now I'm working through his entire stack. There is just so much for me to learn from him. I recently read Outliers and loved it, too! 4mo
Booknerd2 @marleed I‘ve been trying to decide which one to do next. Thanks for the recommendation! 😊 4mo
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Addison_Reads
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I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it, but I completed two #BookSpinBingo boards in June, one being just for #LittenListen. 😁

I read a lot of great books too. One of my favorites being the tagged book. For July, I'm taking it a bit slower though.

@TheAromaofBooks @aperfectmjk

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 and I thought my 46 was good!! Way to go!! 🥳 5mo
aperfectmjk Wow!!!! You're not human. 😆 5mo
TheAromaofBooks YAY!!! Fantastic month!!!! 5mo
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Addison_Reads
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So technically this color is more greenish-yellow, but I loved this book too much not to use it. 😁 If you haven't read it, you really should.

#CuriousCovers @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs #LittenListen @aperfectmjk

Eggs I read his David & Goliath 👏🏻💛💚💙👍🏼 6mo
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5280reader
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Definitely Gladwellian- weaving stories with social science research to pose theories about life, this time about what we naturally do when encountering strangers. I felt Outliers, Tipping Point, and Blink were more tightly rationalized. Overall enjoyable and makes you think. June‘s #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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Addison_Reads
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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #LittenListen @aperfectmjk

I'm so glad I listened to this because it has an interesting layout with actual interviews from the people and stories presented. The audiobook made it more immersive, which I loved.

Human interactions have always fascinated me and Gladwell explores a lot of different scenarios. Very informative and engaging; Great read! 💚

IuliaC Sounds good! I've got it on my list too 6mo
marleed I love this book. Someday I‘ll convince my IRL bookclub to read it - there‘s just so much to talk about. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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DivineDiana
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A different type of audiobook. “Hell You Talmbout,” Janelle Monáe‘s 2015 protest song about police brutality and racial violence is played throughout. More like a long podcast. The text is interspersed with the recorded voices of some of the people discussed: Neville Chamberlain, Sandra Bland, Amanda Knox, the Friends Cast. It is powerful. How do we “get it wrong”when we think we know who people are? And is there a better way “to get it right”?

Crazeedi Love Gladwell 6mo
DivineDiana @Crazeedi I need to read some more of his books! 6mo
DivineDiana @Crazeedi Thank you! Stacked! 6mo
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Bigwig
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Gladwell uses the events leading up to the tragic 2015 death of Sandra Bland to explain three fallacies most people appear to share when interpreting the behavior and intentions of strangers. I found the implications for our social fabric unsettling, and if “trust default” isn‘t in your vocabulary, it will be after you read this book. I always enjoy Gladwell‘s lean, quick books. Their insights stick and you can read them in an evening.

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DivineDiana
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Current audio. Fascinating so far.

marleed I loved this book and recommended it often - still do! 6mo
DivineDiana @marleed Thank you for letting me know! I actually had been thinking about a few people for recommendations too! 🙂 6mo
Kimberlone I loved the audiobook version of this. If you like the style, Gladwell‘s podcast Revisionist History (especially the first few seasons) is also fantastic. 6mo
DivineDiana @Kimberlone Yes, the audiobook is well done! I will check out the podcast! (edited) 6mo
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vlwelser
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This was incredibly interesting. It looks at how we interpret strangers. The #audiobook is read by the author, there's music, and actual interviews with the people consulted and referenced in the print book. It's almost set up like a podcast. Or at least the podcasts I listen to. It actually wasn't what I expected.

JennyM That does sounds really good 👍 6mo
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peaches424
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Boringgggg.

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akfreeborn
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I have read most of Gladwell‘s books. He has critics but I think he does a decent job analyzing ideas. He is the author so he gets to pick his examples to make his points. Yes he can simplify things and he can be wrong but I like that he tries to formulate ways to look at things. This book is dark and a bit scary. It makes you somewhat cautious of interactions. Something we can all relate to right now. Not my favorite but interesting read.

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aa_guer2021
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So the 2nd attempt worked much better. I was reminded that this author is a favorite of mine in the world of non-fiction because he has an uncanny ability to present evidence, make his point, and let the narrative speak for itself. Talking to strangers is necessary, but the biases that come about must be monitored, because the consequences can be far-reaching (i.e. policing work protocol & interrogation techniques) and important. #recentlyread ⚠️

IuliaC I got this one stacked too, I like Malcolm Gladwell 10mo
aa_guer2021 @IuliaC I have Blink, Outliers, David and Goliath and now this one. ❤️📚 10mo
IuliaC @ruskigurl16 I read only Blink and Outliers, and I have these two other on my to read list 😍 10mo
Crazeedi I've enjoyed his books. Very interstate thoughts and readable too. Great thinker 10mo
Crazeedi @ruskigurl16 I enjoyed david and goliath a lot 10mo
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emilycoc
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I FINALLY finished this book. It took me months. Not because it was bad - I don't usually read non-fiction, so it took me a while to absorb, and then life got in the way, as it is prone to do. But I finished it, I enjoyed it, and I'm keeping in line with my reading goal for the year. In all seriousness, I appreciated how much I had to stop and think about what I had just read, and I hope to call back to this in every day life. #bookoneof2021

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aa_guer2021
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Giving this one another shot, and also an #accountability post for all the books I need to be reading soon. #currentlyreading #lostbookworm 🙃🥺🤷🏻‍♀️💙📚

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wkm306
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This book is my second favorite of Malcolm Gladwell books, the first being Tipping Point.

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emilycoc
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Hi everyone! Happy New Year! Safe to say 2020 was not a great reading year for me - I dropped the ball a lot. It's time to start fresh with a new goal. I'm going to try and read 12 books this year, one a month, starting with the book I ended 2020 with. #bookoneof2021

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Natetheworld
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“Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell is the book we need right now. In the shadow of a contentious presidential election and four years in which distrust in the very institution meant to inform and protect us has come into question, we, as a society, have defaulted toward disbelieving information challenging our worldview.

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emilycoc
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A book I meant to read much, much earlier this year. #bookelevenof2020

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sgoffe
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“The death of Sandra Bland is what happens when a society does not know how to talk to strangers.”

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LisaLovesToRead
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Fascinating! The audio book was read in Gladwell‘s voice & that was a treat!

IuliaC Also on my list 🤩 glad you liked it 1y
LisaLovesToRead Yes, it was so great that now I have all of his audio books in my library queue 😃 I really hope he narrates all of them himself. 1y
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Oryx
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SailorJohn
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Gladwell has always been able to bring new perspectives to his subjects and he does not disappoint here. His examples are all taken from the headlines and I learned from his observations.

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michellelav
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This is my first Malcolm Gladwell book and I'm blown away 🤯 Talking to strangers takes popular cases and breaks down the interactions in them. It's so interesting! He is clear, intelligent, interesting and passionate! I love when I'm reading a book and you can tell the author loves what they are writing.

Can't wait to dive into his other books! ❤📚

#canadianauthor #catsoflitsy

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Sargar114 Love Malcom Gladwell! 1y
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michellelav
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No reading for mom today! They started cuddling after I posted the last one 😻

I'm really enjoying the tagged book 😍

#catsoflitsy

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michellelav
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Hey man.. I'm just trying to read. 😂📖

CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 1y
Jemmygem He would do that when I tried to study for school haha 13mo
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michellelav
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When I start a new book I like to take a look at the acknowledgements. I'm crying and I haven't even read pg 1 😭❤

I really am looking forward to starting this book!! 💕

PurpleTulipGirl I think this may be my favorite of his books. Our inability to communicate well with people we know is a problem. Communicating with strangers is full of even more challenges. 1y
janeycanuck Gladwell has a podcast called Revisionist History. On a recent episode, he talked about his father passing away and there were some excerpts from the eulogy he delivered at the funeral. It was lovely. 1y
michellelav @PurpleTulipGirl This is the first book I read by him! My mom. Had the rest so I'll definitely be borrowing them 💕 @janeycanuck I did see he has a podcast and I'm looking forward to starting it! 1y
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Sharpeipup
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Hard to believe that we actually do give people the benefit of the doubt even in the face of hard evidence that we shouldn‘t. 😳
#audiobook #nonfiction

Megabooks Great book! 1y
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Court7
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Audiobook.

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shaynarae
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Fascinating! A very well-produced audiobook exploring how we as humans interpret others and the assumptions we make about them. The Sandra Bland case is cited as the jumping-off point for this book. Even though Gladwell sometimes meanders away from the relevancy in what aspects of stranger interaction he discusses, it felt like a timely read.

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readingdudemike
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Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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I CANNOT recommend this book highly enough. I'm a huge Gladwell fan & he DID 👏 NOT disappoint. I couldn't put it down. Gladwell, as always, gives research for his work the due diligence it deserves. He forces us to come to grips about how we interact with strangers. Reading this thought provoking 🤔 work should knock at your heart to ask how you treat those you don't know. Well done, Gladwell. #Nonfiction #binge

Kimberlone I‘m also a huge Gladwell fan (I also listen to all his podcasts), and found this book to be on par with his others. 1y
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Vivlio_Gnosi
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Megabooks
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This is a book that is not being talked about in regards to the current #blm movement, but it‘s a surprisingly important book for all of us looking to communicate with others effectively, esp those with different beliefs/background.

Not only does Gladwell devote a portion of the book specifically to Sandra Bland, but also he helps you understand why you find some harmless interactions threatening and other dangerous actions slip by unnoticed.

Hooked_on_books I agree. I really liked this one. It‘s thought-provoking. 1y
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books not surprised! 👯‍♀️😊 1y
Reviewsbylola Our city held a forum on local race relations last week and this one was brought up in the comments multiple times, so I stacked it! 1y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola it‘s great! Definitely read it. It‘s changed the way I think of human interactions. 1y
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Vivlio_Gnosi
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aa_guer2021
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With the pandemic, the quarantine, the protests, and the weird world of 2020, I am suffering from literary ADHD 😞 I pick a book up, start it, put it down, and move on to another. This is #nonfiction and even addresses a salient topic, but couldn‘t keep my attention. I will get back to it soon. #pleasesendpeace #currentlyreading #onhold 📚

Reviewsbylola This was actually recommended by a few community members last night on a forum about race. 1y
aa_guer2021 @Reviewsbylola I promise to get back to it 1y
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Vivlio_Gnosi
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"We think we can easily see into the hearts of others based on the flimsiest of clues. We jump at the chance to judge strangers. We would never do that to ourselves, of course. We are nuanced and complex and enigmatic. But the stranger is easy. If I can convince you of one thing in this book, let it be this: Strangers are not easy."

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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How wrong he was.....

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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Started reading Gladwell's latest best seller! Can't wait.

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Rachel.Rencher
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My hold for the new Malcolm Gladwell came in. 😍 I now have 3 non-fictions going which is odd for me.

Qpri Nice!! I haven‘t read anything by Malcolm Gladwell since Tipping Point 😬 2y
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Cathern
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Were there enough red flags to push you over the threshold into unbelief?
A question you will likely be asking yourself for the rest of your life after reading this book.

Megabooks Loved this book! 2y
Cathern Me too! Lots to think about!! 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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I liked this book even though I didn‘t agree with all of it. The audiobook was excellent. I loved how it read more like a podcast than a book.

PurpleTulipGirl I am endlessly fascinated by his books. 2y
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