February Book Discussion - David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

  • February 8, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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We will read David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell for our February book.

The description:

Gladwell’s best-sellers, such as The Tipping Point (2000) and Outliers (2008), have changed the way we think about sociological changes and the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Here he examines and challenges our concepts of “advantage” and “disadvantage” in a way that may seem intuitive to some and surprising to others. Beginning with the classic tale of David and Goliath and moving through history with figures such as Lawrence of Arabia and Martin Luther King Jr., Gladwell shows how, time and again, players labeled “underdog” use that status to their advantage and prevail through the elements of cunning and surprise. He also shows how certain academic “advantages,” such as getting into an Ivy League school, have downsides, in that being a “big fish in a small pond” at a less prestigious school can lead to greater confidence and a better chance of success in later life. Gladwell even promotes the idea of a “desirable difficulty,” such as dyslexia, a learning disability that causes much frustration for reading students but, at the same time, may force them to develop better listening and creative problem-solving skills. As usual, Gladwell presents his research in a fresh and easy-to-understand context, and he may have coined the catchphrase of the decade, “Use what you got.”

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We usually chat for the first 15-20 minutes before beginning any discussion about the book.

See you there!

Jackie

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice group!

    February 8, 2014

  • Jackie B

    As discussed, moonwalking with Einstein...

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    went to wrong location. will be there soon

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks, I'm actually having my baby today, so won't be able to make it. But I thoroughly enjoyed the book! Hope you guys have a great discussion about it!

    February 8, 2014

    • Shannon

      Well that is quite the RVSP. Hope all goes smoothly for you today!

      February 8, 2014

    • Violet R.

      Good luck Holly. I hope all goes well. Congratulations.

      February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry my daughter has an event I need to go to. Hope to be there in march!

    February 8, 2014

  • Wendy

    I'll be there for sure

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was planning on coming but not able to this time! Sorry!

    February 7, 2014

  • Annemarie

    I had intended to be at the meeting on Saturday, however, my dad is in the hospital. Hope to see everyone in March.

    February 7, 2014

  • Shannon

    I am most definitely coming!

    February 7, 2014

  • Jackie B

    Folks, with 16 people planning on attending, please make sure your RSVP is up to date. We likely will have to have multiple tables.

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I’ve wanted to read this book since hearing Malcom G on CBC radio’s Writers & Company, and have enjoyed the parts that I’ve read. I have seriously miscalculated the amount of school reading and my midterm schedule though. I was really looking forward to tomorrows meet up, but have to cancel. Damn it!

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This book sounds good!!! Will pick up tonight! Cheers!

    February 4, 2014

  • Arlene S.

    I plan on coming buy sorry the book isnt working for me lol

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was planning on coming, even bought the book. However I realized I got scheduled to work that day. Was excited to come to my first meeting too.

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to embarking on this fun journey! Looks like a good book!

    January 30, 2014

  • Arlene S.

    I plan on coming enjoyed Saturday so much

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm just going to say "no" for right now- pending my getting the book from the library - if I get it I will change to yes. :)

    January 12, 2014

  • Annemarie

    I've heard great things about this book. I can't wait to read it and participate in a discussion.

    December 12, 2013

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