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The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark
Meryl Gordon
End of The Chain: Life and death in the Aleutians
Robert Wallace Finlay
Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right
Bill Bryson
Seeing Further
Neal Stephenson, Margaret Atwood, Gregory Benford, Georgina Ferrey, Oliver Morton, Maggie Gee, Margaret Wertheim, Richard Fortey, John D. Barrow, Martin J. Rees, Philip Ball, Richard Holmes, Stephen H. Schneider, James Gleick, Simon Schaffer, Henry Petroski, Paul Davies,
Icons of England
Bill Bryson
Walking Away From Wall Street: From Corporate Bull to Building a Busines
Max Vishnev
Winter's Tale
Mark Helprin
To Marry an English Lord
Carol McD. Wallace, Gail MacColl
That Bear Ate My Pants!
Tony James Slater
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Paul Clark Newell Jr., Bill Dedman

Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell It was enjoyable, but like much of Gladwell's books, it depends way more on "Ohhhhhh....... aaaaaahhhhhh....." than any real theses. That said, it still is an enjoyable, worthwhile read, and it gave me things to think about in a whole new way.

I have to admit that I didn't quite get it when he waxed poetic about the KIPP schools. I know nothing about these schools - the sum total of my experience is what he describes in this book. It sounds like child abuse to me, and I'm not certain that it's a good example of an Outlier.

I listened to the audio version, and it ended with an interview with Mr. Gladwell. The interview was mostly Canadian Anti-American Socialist claptrap and it really left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Without the interview, I probably would have felt a lot better about this book.