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Books for the Creative Mind

Selected books to help develop your creativity and business innovation, and enhance your creative life.

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Art SavesArt Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art

by Jenny Doh.

“Projects and unique stories presented by Lisa Engelbrecht (a calligraphy/graffiti artist), metal artist Michael deMeng, digital collage artist Susan Tuttle, plus Kelly Rae Roberts, Lynn Whipple, Susannah Conway, Robert Dancik, Karen Michel, Rebecca Sower, Sarah Hodsdon, Suzi Blu, Stephanie Lee, Susanna Gordon, Marie French, Jette Clover, Melody Ross, Christine Mason Miller, LK Ludwig, Drew Emborsky, and Jenny Doh.

“Throughout the book you’ll find practical ideas to put you on the art-making path.”


the gifts of imperfectionThe Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.

By Brene Brown, PhD

Brown says, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

In a post on her blog, she writes: “Before my research on wholeheartedness… I was completely disconnected from my creativity. My disconnection took the form of judgment, resentment, and fear: ‘A-R-T – how nice. I have a J-O-B – I’m doing real work.’ Today, I’m reconnected with my creativity and it’s transforming every part of my life.”

“In her chapter on creativity she explains the paralyzing properties of comparison. Brown may be one of the only writers in this genre that offers us a path for change and an honest look at the obstacles.” [From book description on her site]

[Her book is a best seller in Self-help/Creativity on]


My Ideal BookshelfMy Ideal Bookshelf
by Thessaly La Force (Editor), Jane Mount (Illustrator)

“When I see my bookshelf expanding, it gives me the illusion that my brain is expanding too.” Malcolm Gladwell – one of “dozens of leading cultural figures who share the books that matter to them most” in the book.

“Contributors include Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Keller, Michael Chabon, Alice Waters, James Patterson, Maira Kalman, Judd Apatow, Chuck Klosterman, Miranda July, Alex Ross, Nancy Pearl, David Chang, Patti Smith, Jennifer Egan, and Dave Eggers, among many others.”


Grace Kelly, Cary Grant in To Catch A ThiefThe Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion
by Virginia Postrel

[Grace Kelly, Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief – a photo in the book.]


“The 100 writers, designers, chefs, artists, musicians, and others collected here turned in titles that, taken together, conspire to form the ultimate creative person’s reading list.” (Vogue)

“Using lively prose, fascinating images, and examples that range from Alexander the Great to Kate Moss, Postrel brings to life an elusive subject. This book is essential reading for people in advertising, marketing, politics, and entertainment — as well as for anyone interested in seeing our culture with fresh eyes.” (Daniel H. Pink, author of “A Whole New Mind” – see summary below.)


The Art of InnovationThe Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm
by Thomas Kelley

“IDEO, the world’s leading design firm, is the brain trust that’s behind some of the more brilliant innovations of the past 20 years–from the Apple mouse, the Polaroid i-Zone instant camera, and the Palm V to the “fat” toothbrush for kids and a self-sealing water bottle for dirt bikers. Not surprisingly, companies all over the world have long wondered what they could learn from IDEO, to come up with better ideas for their own products, services, and operations.

“In this terrific book from IDEO general manager Tom Kelley (brother of founder David Kelley), IDEO finally delivers–but thankfully not in the step-by-step, flow-chart-filled “process speak” of most how-you-can-do-what-we-do business books.” [Amazon summary]

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See many more titles on the listing:

Books To Fuel Your Creative Mind


Books for the Creative Mind

Douglas Eby

Douglas EbyDouglas Eby, MA/Psychology, is a writer and researcher on psychology and personal development related to creativity; creator of the , and author of books including [link to book site with excerpts.]
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Eby, D. (2013). Books for the Creative Mind. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 14, 2020, from


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