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"A bright look at our fascination with the new and different. Gallagher (Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, 2009, etc.) examines how we deal with the ever-increasing amount of novelty and rate of change in our lives. ... Gallagher points to the age-old remedy of moderation and notes neophilia will undoubtedly prove valuable in a future where the only certainly is constant change. Engaging and cautionary." — KIRKUS REVIEWS

"It's difficult to categorize Gallagher's exuberant survey through so many areas of interest, but she proves her point: curiosity about and hunger for the new can certainly take you to many fascinating places." — BOOKLIST

"An accessible, well-researched work that crosses a variety of disciplines and will satisfy scientifically curious readers. It will appeal to those who enjoy Stephen Jay Gould and Oliver Sacks." — LIBRARY JOURNAL

About the Author

Winifred Gallagher's books include Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, House Thinking, Just the Way You Are (a New York Times Notable Book), Working on God, and The Power of Place. She has written for numerous publications, such as Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. She lives in Manhattan and Dubois, Wyoming.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press (December 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594203202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594203206
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,747,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The subtitle of this book is "Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change". That is exactly what you get with this book. It is not what I would call a practical book. It's a thoughtful book. It's a book of understanding and I certainly understand our need for novelty and change much better after having read it. I think the chapter on technology and the Internet was my favorite of the book.

This book is not going to "wow" you, but it's going to help you understand something about human behavior just a little better. It my book that's the mark of a good book. Recommended.
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I purchased the book thinking that I might get a better understanding of what drives product excitement, but was pleasantly surprised when it provided unexpected insights into what makes and drives an innovator. Insights that I have not seen in any other book that allow the development of strategies for selecting and nurturing innovators in a corporate environment.
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There is absolutely such a need, and this book is one approach to understanding it. This book doesnt describe everything one would like, however, it definitely takes one down the path.
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