Friday, May 11, 2012

Outliers and 44 Scotland Street

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell: You should REALLY read this one. If you've heard about the 10,000 of practice that it takes to become a master, this is where it comes from. It is a really good book. I read his book Blink in 2008 and loved it, so I'm glad to see that he's still writing premium books. It really made me think about the importance of summer school/tutoring/ free programs for the underpriveledged, becuase of that large gap in education that occurs during the summer months when learning basically stops for those who cant afford extra activities in the summer.

44 Scotland Street is the first in the 44 Scotland Street book series by Alexander McCall Smith. I read his No. 1 Ladies detective Agency series and loved it (probably because I could relate to his picture of Africa that he painted from growing up in South Africa) and really enjoyed this first book too. It was published in a newspaper in installments so the chapters are short, but not choppy. McCall Smith did a good job at making it run smoothly. 

So read them both. 

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