This is Jenn Delperdang, with the Sioux City Public Library, and you’re listening to Check It Out. Like most people I know, my reading habits have evolved as technology plays a larger role in my day-to-day routine--and time has become a commodity that I never have enough of.
In an increasingly digital age, many readers, including myself, find it convenient to consume literature on the go. I listen to about a book a week driving to and from work, and peruse many of my favorite publications on my iPhone. And while I love the ease of good audio book, there are some stories that were constructed to be physically held and visually read; The History of Love by Nicole Krauss is one of those books—though it’s technically two books, because it’s a novel within a novel.
The phenomenon of making movies based on books has increased over the past several years with franchises like Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games and this year is no exception. Books like Paper Towns by John Green and Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews are arriving in theaters this month with a flurry of excitement. And while it can seem like teen stories dominate the books to movie machine, books of all genres are being given the Hollywood treatment these days, including the science fiction best seller The Martian by Andy Weir.
What I’m recommending today is an assemblage of curious and quick-witted writing from one of my favorite authors.
Malcom Gladwell is known for being a “brilliant investigator of hidden extraordinary.” He’s written five books, including The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, which is one of my favorite books of all time.