Synopses & Reviews
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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."