Monday, May 17, 2010

THE ART OF CHOOSING by Sheena Iyengar
9 CDs - Unabridged - Read by Orlagh Cassidy

OVERVIEW: How do we make our choices? Choice is a powerful tool to define ourselves and mold our lives--but what do we know about the wants, motivations, biases, and influences that aid or hinder our endeavors? In the Art of Choosing, Columbia University professor Sheena Iyengar, a leading expert on choice, sets herself the Herculean task of helping us become better choosers. She asks fascinating questions. Is the desire for choice innate or created by culture? Why do we sometimes choose against our best interests? How much control do we really have over what we choose? Ultimately, she offers unexpected and profound answers, drawn from her award-winning research. Here you'll learn about the complex relationship between choice and freedom, and why one doesn't always go with the other. You'll see that too much choice can overwhelm us, leading to unpleasant experiences. Perhaps most important, you'll discover how our choices--both mundane and momentous--are shaped by many different forces, visible and invisible.

AUTHOR: Sheena Iyengar is the S.T. Lee Professor of Business at Columbia University and a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award. Her work is regularly cited in periodicals such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Time, and in books such as Blink and The Paradox of Choice. 

MY REVIEW: Life is full of choices. How do we make them? Wow! I can honestly say, that until I listened to what Sheena Iyengar had to say on this subject, that I had never honestly considered how we make choices. At least I had never thought about this subject in depth. This has really been a challenging study for me. And that is what it is--an in-depth study.

This is the first time in my reviewing of books that I have written a review before finishing the book. I am about half way through. And it is taking me so long that I don't want to wait any longer to get this offer out to those of you who read my blog. I have three copies of this audio-book that I can give away. I want to give them to three people who are honestly interested in this subject and will listen to the CDs. This is not a book for everybody but it is a wonderful book for those interested in the art of choosing.

I agreed with almost everything I heard. I honestly do not know enough about this subject to disagree with much. Most of the time I sit with my tongue hanging out and my eyes wide open. I have learned a lot! And I am still learning. I was especially interested in what she had to say about those who choose socialism over capitalism.

(This book was given to me by Hachette Book Group in return for an honest review)


The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for three (3) copies!
  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing address please. You do not have to be a blogger to win.
  • I must have a way of contacting you, so be sure to leave your email address in your comment.
  • Some choose to omit the @ sign and the . dot by writing it in "code" like this: you (at) your email (dot)com.
  • I'll close the comments June 7 and pick the three winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from them within three days, I will select another winner(s).


Heart2Heart said...


What an interesting review and so many people love the advantages that come with an audio book study. I'd love the opportunity to win this giveaway as well as for my hubby who spends so much time commuting I can see doing this study with him while he is traveling.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Judylynn said...

Looks like an interesting book. I'd love to win this one!


Charlotte/For Such A Time As This said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I recognize your wife from "Spiritual Sundays" and it is nice to meet you also. You have a great blog with lots of interesting stuff. I will enjoy coming back and reading in the future.

God bless...

Sandy said...

Thanks for such a positive recommendation. My Dad passed away April 26th and now we are making all sorts of decisions. Thanks for your input.

Kevin C said...

This could be very interesting topic & like to try an audio book, too. Put my name in the hat! k3vinc-pott3r at yahoo dot com

Diva Kreszl said...

if this book is half as insightful as you make it sound then it's the book for me! please count me in on your generous giveaway.

Anne-Marie T said...

Sounds very insightful. Please count me in.


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Janelle said...

Must say this sounds like an interesting book. I would welcome an opportunity to study this subject in depth. Thanks for this generous giveaway.