Outliers, anyone?

Posted on: November 30, 2008

His book The Tipping Point is one of the best books I’ve read. It’s provocative and challenging. The whole idea is just so different. His other book called Blink is also a must-read: It gives us another crazy idea on how our mind actually works.

And now Malcolm Gladwell has a new book and this time it’s called Outliers. And just like his previous books, Outliers also presents its readers with a very unique angle on how to analyze phenomena in life.

Here’s what Gladwell has to say about his new book:

Outlier is a scientific term to describe things or phenomena that lie outside normal experience. In the summer, in Paris, we expect most days to be somewhere between warm and very hot. But imagine if you had a day in the middle of August where the temperature fell below freezing. That day would be outlier. And while we have a very good understanding of why summer days in Paris are warm or hot, we know a good deal less about why a summer day in Paris might be freezing cold. In this book I’m interested in people who are outliers—in men and women who, for one reason or another, are so accomplished and so extraordinary and so outside of ordinary experience that they are as puzzling to the rest of us as a cold day in August.

I’ve been waiting to read this book for more than 2 weeks now and I still don’t know if I can have it soon. It’s too bad I’m not in Washington, DC anymore because if I were I would’ve driven to the closest Barnes and Noble and read it for free while enjoying a hot Starbucks coffee.

Please anyone help me out! Does anyone know any bookstore in Jakarta that already has this book? If you do please let me know at Don’t worry there’s a reward waiting. Not that special, but I’d be more than happy to buy you a coffee while we can talk about the book or other cool topics.

I’m waiting guys……..


7 Responses to "Outliers, anyone?"

maybe you can call the periplus or aksara, they can order it for you but still it will take some time.

Maybe I can buy it for you and I’ll give it to you when I go back to Indonesia, next year during the summer 🙂

Karenina: Yes that’s a good idea. I went to Kinokuniya yesterday and I couldn’t find it.

helmet_h3ad: Next summer?! Lamaaa banget.

Be forewarned that some of the reviews are scathing … like Michiko Kakutani’s review in the New York Times … has Gladwell’s own popularity reached the ‘tipping point’? 🙂

Mmmmh, interesting… Thanks for the info..

hey tasa, i’ve a friend work at aksara bookstore. might be she can help ordering ur book.

Sungguh senang begitu tahu kalau gw bukan satu-satunya manusia yang sedang mencari Outliers di Jakarta.
Kayaknya sih emang belum sampai di Jakarta. Di AS aja baru terbit bulan lalu. Mungkin di Singapura udh ada, then again we’re not in Singapore!

So, Nugraza Barley if you do find Outliers in stores in Jakarta, do please let me know. And i’ll do the same thing for you too. This is my email

Gladwell seru bgt ya. Tipping Point cukup mengobrak abrik isi kepala gw. Sekarang gw lg baca Blink. Kebetulan baru kenal sm Gladwell November kemarin. Better late than never kan.


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