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We met Tom Vanderbilt halfway up the Stelvio, the mountain pass outside of Bormio, Italy, and we’ve been fans of his writing ever since. Tom is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (and What it Says About Us.” His new book, “Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning,” centers around the experience of trying something new. Inspired by his daughter and her adventures, Tom was able to spend a full year learning chess, singing, surfing, drawing and juggling. Pick this book up as soon as you can.