You're Not Listening book cover

You’re Not Listening

by Kate Murphy
Tuesday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m.

* Online Discussion via Zoom. Please e-mail Elizabeth at for an invite. Physical copies of this book are available. Please call the library to arrange curbside pickup. *

Despite living in a world where technology allows constant digital communication and opportunities to connect, it seems no one is really listening or even knows how. And it’s making us lonelier, more isolated, and less tolerant than ever before. A listener by trade, New York Times contributor Kate Murphy wanted to know how we got here.

She explains why we’re not listening, what it’s doing to us, and how we can reverse the trend. She makes accessible the psychology, neuroscience, and sociology of listening while also introducing us to some of the best listeners out there (including a CIA agent, focus group moderator, bartender, radio producer, and top furniture salesman). You’re Not Listening is equal parts cultural observation, scientific exploration, and rousing call to action that’s full of practical advice.