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This year's selection is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Coordinators are Professors Diane Scrofano, dscrofano@vcccd.edu, Elizabeth Gillis-Smith, egillissmith@vcccd.edu and Jeremy Kaye, jkaye@vcccd.edu

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Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell (non-fiction, 2008, 296 pages)
Why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? Challenging our cherished belief of the "self-made man," he makes the democratic assertion that superstars don't arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent: "they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot." Examining the lives of outliers from Mozart to Bill Gates, he builds a convincing case for how successful people rise on a tide of advantages, "some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky."