When “the little guy” defies the odds and wins against “the big guy”, we inevitably refer to the biblical story of David and Goliath, in which “little guy” David defeats the “big guy” Goliath, saving the Kingdom of Israel from destruction by the Philistines. David and Goliath is the ultimate, and perhaps original, underdog story.
But was David really the underdog? Malcolm Gladwell explores this and the hidden advantages behind our disadvantages in David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. Using the David and Goliath story as a springboard, Gladwell weaves academic writings with storytelling to provide inspirational examples of how the weak can prevail over the strong, and how the strong are not always as strong as we think they are. Following on the heels of his previous works, The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, Gladwell once again brings forward more compelling examples of how the world doesn’t always work quite the way conventional wisdom says it does.
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell is available to reserve in print, audiobook, and talking book formats at the Haliburton County Public Library.
Once in a while a book comes along that is exceptional but can’t be described or it will spoil it for those wanting to read it. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler is such a book. One reviewer suggested not even reading the inside blurb but in the interest of radio air time, I feel I must at least tell you a bit. The narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence; the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind. It changed Rosemary and it destroyed her family. Author Ruth Ozeki’s testimonial on the back of the book reads; “It’s been years since I’ve felt so passionate about a book. When I finished at three a.m., I wept, then reread the ending, and cried all over again.”
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves can be borrowed in regular or large print through the Haliburton County Public Library and can be downloaded in audio or e-book format through the library website www.haliburtonlibrary.ca.
* originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, January 27th – February 9th, 2014.