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Monday, October 2, 2017

#RandomReview: The Geography of Genius

Book Title: The Geography of Genius

Author: Eric Weiner

Reviewed By: John R.

Posing questions about the nature of creativity and how environment influences ideas, this book explores places where "genius" has flourished over the centuries, including Athens, Calcutta, Edinburgh, Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley. Was the ancient Athens of Socrates innovative because Athenians welcomed people and ideas from foreign cultures? Is the secret to Silicon Valley's success its ability to integrate the ideas and inventions of others. Weiner explores big questions like these, but in a relaxed, enjoyable style that reads more like travel writing than abstract theorizing. His ability to conjure the people, places, and times he explores is enthralling.

Why you picked it up: This book is this year's selection for "On the Same Page," a multi-library reading event held every October by the Bloomingdale, Itasca, and Roselle Public Libraries.

Why you finished it: Once the author began testing his theory of place and genius, I wanted to see how it played out in the different countries and contexts he explored.

Who you would recommend it to: This book would appeal to readers who enjoy travel writing, or have a general interest in the cultural history of the arts and sciences.

Find the print edition in English or Polish, the eBook, and the audiobook on CD of The Geography of Genius in our catalog.

Join us for a month-long community reading event featuring Eric Weiner's The Geography of Genius.

The public libraries in Bloomingdale, Itasca and Roselle are collaborating on this event and hosting a series of book discussions, movies, programs and events throughout October. Check out the October email newsletter for programs at Roselle Library or see the program brochure for a complete listing of events at all three participating libraries.

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