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Tom Vanderbilt. Knopf, $26 (368p) ISBN 978-0-307-95824-2
In his previous book, Vanderbilt (Traffic) wrote about why people drive the way they do. In this expansive follow-up, he takes a deep look at why people like what they like. Vanderbilt covers the topic exhaustively, examining varied social and psychological factors. He interviews, among other people, the vice president of product innovation for Netflix, the principal engineer at “music intelligence” company Echo Nest, and a Dutch psychologist who also happens to be a judge at a Paris cat show. In each chapter, he explores a different area of taste, including food, social networks, music playlists, and art. As he concludes (in a pithy “field guide to liking”), “Trying to explain, or understand, any one person’s particular tastes—including one’s own—is always going to be a maddeningly elusive and idiosyncratic enterprise.” Reading this book will cause readers to think twice before clicking “like” on Facebook, rating a film on Netflix, or ordering what the server says is the menu’s most popular item. Agent: Zoe Pagnamenta, Zoe Pagnamenta Agency. (May)
Reviewed on: 01/04/2016
Release date: 05/10/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-0-307-40262-2
Paperback - 400 pages - 978-0-307-94859-5
Compact Disc - 978-0-399-56766-7
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-0-307-40263-9
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