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Talking to Strangers
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Dont Know | Malcolm Gladwell
The highly anticipated new book from Malcolm Gladwell, No.1 international bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and David and Goliath In July 2015, a young black woman named Sandra Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation in rural Texas. Minutes later she was arrested and jailed. Three days later, she committed suicide in her cell. What went wrong? Talking to Strangers is all about what happens when we encounter people we don't know, why it often goes awry, and what it says about us. How do we make sense of the unfamiliar? Why are we so bad at judging someone, reading a face, or detecting a lie? Why do we so often fail to 'get' other people? Through a series of puzzles, encounters and misunderstandings, from little-known stories to infamous legal cases, Gladwell takes us on a journey through the unexpected. You will read about the spy who spent years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the man who saw through the fraudster Bernie Madoff, the suicide of the poet Sylvia Plath and the false conviction of Amanda Knox. You will discover that strangers are never simple. No one shows us who we are like Malcolm Gladwell. Here he sets out to understand why we act the way we do, and how we all might know a little more about those we don't.
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RickW
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From a not so routine traffic stop of a woman, Gladwell explores the intricacies of so called routine traffic stops for certain people. He delves into the reasons why certain people fear for their lives. He uses data to explain why what we think is not what is really happening. And why so called routine traffic stops may not be so routine.

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kricheal
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Another fantastic book by Malcolm Gladwell!

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bthegood
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Mehso-so

Some good points made, uses extreme examples - what about our everyday experiences or the mundane (i.e. teacher with students- people who interact more often but who only know each other on the surface)- stranger undefined - not as good as his other works. Used this in a senior seminar - it did lead to a lot of good discussions.

4 books out of 5 done for #AwesomeApril (one was a bailed book - just keeping it real 😂)

Make a great day everyone -

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SarahBookInterrupted
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I really like Malcolm Gladwell and how he writes. He always makes me look at the world differently. I love how he builds to proving his theory. This book was much harder to read then his others, in my opinion because the content was based on many traumatic events. Starting with police profiling and brutality to suicide, torture and rape. I would recommend this book, but know it‘s heavier then his others but just as excellent.

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#ThinkPositiveBePositive @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Thanks for tagging me @WJCintron and thanks for inspiring me-

Make a great day everyone - 🙂

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Have a great day! 💜💜💜 8mo
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bthegood
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1. I don't know the names of most flowers, but in early spring I enjoy the flowers that cover the ground in yellows and purples
2. Looking at most of the books I read, I see seasonal themes of mostly fall and winter so no spring book comes to mind🤔

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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView

Want to play @AmandaBlaze @LKK526

Make a great day everyone 😊

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! You have a great day too!🌞 8mo
LKK526 My favorite flower is the daffodil. Drawing a blank on the book. Maybe Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner. Thanks for the tag (edited) 8mo
LKK526 @bthegood thx for tagging me 8mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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Read along with the Book Interrupted podcast as we read Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. We will explore this book over the next 6 weeks in our weekly podcast. To find out more go to www.bookinterrupted.com and listen anywhere you get podcasts or on our website.

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Berryfan
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Brilliant! Loads of new information and great analysis. I have raised this book with judges, prosecutors and police officers. A must read

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aperfectmjk
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This just wasn't at all what I thought it would be. There were a few interesting parts, but overall I don't feel any better for having read this. Not sure that I took much away from this one.

Nonfiction really isn't my thing, but I'm trying. 🤷‍♀️

#bookspinbingo #doublespin #ReadNonFicChal @TheAromaofBooks

brittanybooks Blink and the Tipping Point were way better. David and Goliath was kinda meh. I don‘t even remember the dog one… I do wanna read his Bomber Mafia book though 11mo
Addison_Reads At least you tried. Lots of people don't even want to attempt a nonfiction read. I have recommended The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks before to reluctant nonfiction readers, it doesn't read like a nonfiction but has a lot of information in it. 11mo
TheAromaofBooks I haven't read this one, but like @brittanybooks I do remember liking Blink. I'm not a huge nonfiction reader, either, but I do keep a list of NF books that sound interesting. This year, I'm trying to just slowly work my way through them a chapter a day at breakfast and see where that takes me! 11mo
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hedgehokey
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Loved the different stories being woven together into a singular theme

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Not my favorite book of the year, but all of Malcom Gladwell‘s other books are stellar. #introvertlife #strangerdanger #malcomgladwell #booksevenof2021 #memorialbookchallenge #75bookchallenge

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Gingerbikerchick
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2021–It took me a while to get through only because I didn‘t make the time. It‘s not that I didn‘t enjoy it while reading it. It‘s like a series of short stories analyzed that all come together and are absolutely intriguing about real life and real interactions. I love true events and I love analysis! Second book of his I‘ve read and found captivating for a non fiction genre/ documentary type.

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marleed
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Talking to Strangers was my first ‘course‘ from my now favorite ‘instructor‘ Malcolm Gladwell. I‘ve since watched interviews, read two more ‘courses‘ - Outliers, What The Dog Saw, and signed up for 2 more. I‘m thrilled my IRL bookclub selected this so I could prioritize a reread. Our Zoom discussion was great.

Amiable I love Malcolm Gladwell! 😍 I would also highly recommend “The Bomber Mafia,“ but definitely get that on audio. The production is amazing. 1y
marleed @Amiable Ohhh, I‘ll add this to my course load! Thanks!! 1y
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Clarefoleypeters
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Non-fiction but told in a very story like and readable fashion. Super interesting information.

lazydaizee This is an interesting subject for a book. 1y
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ICantImReading
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Even if I don‘t fully agree with everything Gladwell writes, I definitely appreciate that my curiosity was piqued and my ways of thinking were challenged. Listening to it was a great experience because it was like a podcast/audiobook mashup. This is an excellent book for contemplation, conversation, and debate. 🎧

marleed I get to reread it next month for an IRL bookclub and I‘m really looking forward to a second pass at it. 1y
ICantImReading @marleed what a great book club pick! 1y
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Booknerd2
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An exciting Friday night of an audiobook and a puzzle! Book complete, not so much the puzzle.😎
I absolutely loved this book, and I‘m not a huge nonfiction fan. So many insights into famous encounters; Chamberlain and Hitler, Sandra Bland, Brock Turner, Amanda Knox ….
I highly recommend!! 💜💜💜

Oryx I really liked this too - stories were really fascinating 1y
marleed I get to reread this book this month for my IRL bookclub. I'm so excited. This was my first Malcolm Gladwell and now I'm working through his entire stack. There is just so much for me to learn from him. I recently read Outliers and loved it, too! 1y
Booknerd2 @marleed I‘ve been trying to decide which one to do next. Thanks for the recommendation! 😊 1y
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Addison_Reads
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I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it, but I completed two #BookSpinBingo boards in June, one being just for #LittenListen. 😁

I read a lot of great books too. One of my favorites being the tagged book. For July, I'm taking it a bit slower though.

@TheAromaofBooks @aperfectmjk

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 and I thought my 46 was good!! Way to go!! 🥳 1y
aperfectmjk Wow!!!! You're not human. 😆 1y
TheAromaofBooks YAY!!! Fantastic month!!!! 1y
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Addison_Reads
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So technically this color is more greenish-yellow, but I loved this book too much not to use it. 😁 If you haven't read it, you really should.

#CuriousCovers @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs #LittenListen @aperfectmjk

Eggs I read his David & Goliath 👏🏻💛💚💙👍🏼 1y
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5280reader
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Definitely Gladwellian- weaving stories with social science research to pose theories about life, this time about what we naturally do when encountering strangers. I felt Outliers, Tipping Point, and Blink were more tightly rationalized. Overall enjoyable and makes you think. June‘s #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Addison_Reads
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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #LittenListen @aperfectmjk

I'm so glad I listened to this because it has an interesting layout with actual interviews from the people and stories presented. The audiobook made it more immersive, which I loved.

Human interactions have always fascinated me and Gladwell explores a lot of different scenarios. Very informative and engaging; Great read! 💚

IuliaC Sounds good! I've got it on my list too 2y
marleed I love this book. Someday I‘ll convince my IRL bookclub to read it - there‘s just so much to talk about. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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DivineDiana
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A different type of audiobook. “Hell You Talmbout,” Janelle Monáe‘s 2015 protest song about police brutality and racial violence is played throughout. More like a long podcast. The text is interspersed with the recorded voices of some of the people discussed: Neville Chamberlain, Sandra Bland, Amanda Knox, the Friends Cast. It is powerful. How do we “get it wrong”when we think we know who people are? And is there a better way “to get it right”?

Crazeedi Love Gladwell 2y
DivineDiana @Crazeedi I need to read some more of his books! 2y
DivineDiana @Crazeedi Thank you! Stacked! 2y
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Bigwig
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Gladwell uses the events leading up to the tragic 2015 death of Sandra Bland to explain three fallacies most people appear to share when interpreting the behavior and intentions of strangers. I found the implications for our social fabric unsettling, and if “trust default” isn‘t in your vocabulary, it will be after you read this book. I always enjoy Gladwell‘s lean, quick books. Their insights stick and you can read them in an evening.

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DivineDiana
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Current audio. Fascinating so far.

marleed I loved this book and recommended it often - still do! 2y
DivineDiana @marleed Thank you for letting me know! I actually had been thinking about a few people for recommendations too! 🙂 2y
Kimberlone I loved the audiobook version of this. If you like the style, Gladwell‘s podcast Revisionist History (especially the first few seasons) is also fantastic. 2y
DivineDiana @Kimberlone Yes, the audiobook is well done! I will check out the podcast! (edited) 2y
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vlwelser
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This was incredibly interesting. It looks at how we interpret strangers. The #audiobook is read by the author, there's music, and actual interviews with the people consulted and referenced in the print book. It's almost set up like a podcast. Or at least the podcasts I listen to. It actually wasn't what I expected.

JennyM That does sounds really good 👍 2y
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peaches424
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Boringgggg.

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akfreeborn
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I have read most of Gladwell‘s books. He has critics but I think he does a decent job analyzing ideas. He is the author so he gets to pick his examples to make his points. Yes he can simplify things and he can be wrong but I like that he tries to formulate ways to look at things. This book is dark and a bit scary. It makes you somewhat cautious of interactions. Something we can all relate to right now. Not my favorite but interesting read.

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aa_guer2021
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So the 2nd attempt worked much better. I was reminded that this author is a favorite of mine in the world of non-fiction because he has an uncanny ability to present evidence, make his point, and let the narrative speak for itself. Talking to strangers is necessary, but the biases that come about must be monitored, because the consequences can be far-reaching (i.e. policing work protocol & interrogation techniques) and important. #recentlyread ⚠️

IuliaC I got this one stacked too, I like Malcolm Gladwell 2y
aa_guer2021 @IuliaC I have Blink, Outliers, David and Goliath and now this one. ❤️📚 2y
IuliaC @ruskigurl16 I read only Blink and Outliers, and I have these two other on my to read list 😍 2y
Crazeedi I've enjoyed his books. Very interstate thoughts and readable too. Great thinker 2y
Crazeedi @ruskigurl16 I enjoyed david and goliath a lot 2y
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emilycoc
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I FINALLY finished this book. It took me months. Not because it was bad - I don't usually read non-fiction, so it took me a while to absorb, and then life got in the way, as it is prone to do. But I finished it, I enjoyed it, and I'm keeping in line with my reading goal for the year. In all seriousness, I appreciated how much I had to stop and think about what I had just read, and I hope to call back to this in every day life. #bookoneof2021

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aa_guer2021
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Giving this one another shot, and also an #accountability post for all the books I need to be reading soon. #currentlyreading #lostbookworm 🙃🥺🤷🏻‍♀️💙📚

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wkm306
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This book is my second favorite of Malcolm Gladwell books, the first being Tipping Point.

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emilycoc
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Hi everyone! Happy New Year! Safe to say 2020 was not a great reading year for me - I dropped the ball a lot. It's time to start fresh with a new goal. I'm going to try and read 12 books this year, one a month, starting with the book I ended 2020 with. #bookoneof2021

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Natetheworld
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“Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell is the book we need right now. In the shadow of a contentious presidential election and four years in which distrust in the very institution meant to inform and protect us has come into question, we, as a society, have defaulted toward disbelieving information challenging our worldview.

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emilycoc
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A book I meant to read much, much earlier this year. #bookelevenof2020

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LisaLovesToRead
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Fascinating! The audio book was read in Gladwell‘s voice & that was a treat!

IuliaC Also on my list 🤩 glad you liked it 2y
LisaLovesToRead Yes, it was so great that now I have all of his audio books in my library queue 😃 I really hope he narrates all of them himself. 2y
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SailorJohn
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Gladwell has always been able to bring new perspectives to his subjects and he does not disappoint here. His examples are all taken from the headlines and I learned from his observations.

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michellelav
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This is my first Malcolm Gladwell book and I'm blown away 🤯 Talking to strangers takes popular cases and breaks down the interactions in them. It's so interesting! He is clear, intelligent, interesting and passionate! I love when I'm reading a book and you can tell the author loves what they are writing.

Can't wait to dive into his other books! ❤📚

#canadianauthor #catsoflitsy

sharread That's a super cute picture. 😻 2y
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Sargar114 Love Malcom Gladwell! 2y
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michellelav
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No reading for mom today! They started cuddling after I posted the last one 😻

I'm really enjoying the tagged book 😍

#catsoflitsy

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sharread Kitties! Made my day. 😻 2y
michellelav @Ruthiella They really are silly! @sharread They make my day everyday 😻 And thank you @MySharonaK and @CatLass007 ❤❤❤😻 2y
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michellelav
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Hey man.. I'm just trying to read. 😂📖

CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 2y
Jemmygem He would do that when I tried to study for school haha 2y
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michellelav
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When I start a new book I like to take a look at the acknowledgements. I'm crying and I haven't even read pg 1 😭❤

I really am looking forward to starting this book!! 💕

PurpleTulipGirl I think this may be my favorite of his books. Our inability to communicate well with people we know is a problem. Communicating with strangers is full of even more challenges. 2y
janeycanuck Gladwell has a podcast called Revisionist History. On a recent episode, he talked about his father passing away and there were some excerpts from the eulogy he delivered at the funeral. It was lovely. 2y
michellelav @PurpleTulipGirl This is the first book I read by him! My mom. Had the rest so I'll definitely be borrowing them 💕 @janeycanuck I did see he has a podcast and I'm looking forward to starting it! 2y
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Hard to believe that we actually do give people the benefit of the doubt even in the face of hard evidence that we shouldn‘t. 😳
#audiobook #nonfiction

Megabooks Great book! 2y
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Court7
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Audiobook.

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shaynarae
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Fascinating! A very well-produced audiobook exploring how we as humans interpret others and the assumptions we make about them. The Sandra Bland case is cited as the jumping-off point for this book. Even though Gladwell sometimes meanders away from the relevancy in what aspects of stranger interaction he discusses, it felt like a timely read.

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Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell

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I CANNOT recommend this book highly enough. I'm a huge Gladwell fan & he DID 👏 NOT disappoint. I couldn't put it down. Gladwell, as always, gives research for his work the due diligence it deserves. He forces us to come to grips about how we interact with strangers. Reading this thought provoking 🤔 work should knock at your heart to ask how you treat those you don't know. Well done, Gladwell. #Nonfiction #binge

Kimberlone I‘m also a huge Gladwell fan (I also listen to all his podcasts), and found this book to be on par with his others. 2y
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This is a book that is not being talked about in regards to the current #blm movement, but it‘s a surprisingly important book for all of us looking to communicate with others effectively, esp those with different beliefs/background.

Not only does Gladwell devote a portion of the book specifically to Sandra Bland, but also he helps you understand why you find some harmless interactions threatening and other dangerous actions slip by unnoticed.

Hooked_on_books I agree. I really liked this one. It‘s thought-provoking. 2y
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books not surprised! 👯‍♀️😊 2y
Reviewsbylola Our city held a forum on local race relations last week and this one was brought up in the comments multiple times, so I stacked it! 2y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola it‘s great! Definitely read it. It‘s changed the way I think of human interactions. 2y
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