/Book Review

Review: Crimson Lake

Clammy, crock-jammed wetlands in Australia, a cop accused of abducting a 13-year old girl, a quirky tattooed convicted murderer turned private eye, and a sweet brood of downy baby chicks combine to make Crimson Lake a refreshing take on the thriller genre. At its core, Crimson Lake is about two broken people who come together to solve the disappearance of a local author. While solving his case, they unearth the

2018-03-27T12:11:43+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Book Review, Fiction, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: Crimson Lake

Review: How to Walk Away

I rarely read fiction and, if I do, I generally reach for a suspense novel or historical fiction—a fool for crimes and country manors, I guess. I’ve been on an extended non-fiction binge and wanted to break away to something entirely different for the weekend. So, I picked up (an advance reader copy) of How to Walk Away by Katherine Center—only because of the cover blurb: “If you read just

2018-03-27T12:03:19+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Book Review, Fiction|Comments Off on Review: How to Walk Away

Review: Your Creative Brain

There’s no question that I want to go to Harvard. Even at my age. If nothing more than to take Shelley Carson’s course, Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students. This is a woman who loves to teach. And is a Rockstar at it. That much I know is true after reading her instructive and interactive book, Your Creative Brain. There are dozens of books on creativity. Most focused on demystifying

2018-03-15T22:55:37+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Book Review, Creativity, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Your Creative Brain

Review: The Kinfolk Entrepreneur

What a surprise The Kinfolk Entrepreneur was. I discovered it in the Business—Startup section of my local Barnes & Noble. I thought it was a beautiful coffee table book that profiled entrepreneurs, and it is, but not of the traditional “startup” kind often associated with technology and Silicon Valley. It’s a beautiful book. And it profiles entrepreneurs. But they are entrepreneurs of a different sort: the creatives—i.e., the fashion designers,

2018-03-05T23:59:01+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Biography, Book Review, Business, Creativity, Entrepreneurship|Comments Off on Review: The Kinfolk Entrepreneur

Review: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

I first read On Writing five years ago as I was working on the manuscript for my children’s book. I loved it. I read On Writing again last week as I was gathering inspiration for an article on creativity. I loved it. If you want to be a writer, read this book. If you want to be a creative and live the creative life, read this book. Or, if you

2018-03-05T22:43:39+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Book Review, Creativity, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Comments Off on Review: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

There’s a lot of meaty goodness to Creativity, and some sleepy time too, but overall it’s insightful and instructional. The backbone of Creativity is interviews with 91 exceptional individuals by Csikszentmihalyi and his students at the University of Chicago. Their primary goal? To demystify the creative process. But before we delve into the guts of the book, let’s start with Csikszentmihalyi’s presuppositions: 1. Creativity is defined as “a process by

2018-02-12T12:07:43+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Book Review, Creativity, Psychology|Comments Off on Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

Review: Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

I’ve been reading a lot of books on creativity lately—most by 20th-century scholars. They offer intriguing insights but are also a tad heady and dry to consume. Wired to Create is not a compendium of sober research. It’s a highly readable, fun peek into creative minds—something to devour in full on a quiet, snowy Sunday. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s inspired by Gregoire’s hit Huff Post article “18 Things

2018-02-05T12:59:12+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Book Review, Creativity|Comments Off on Review: Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Simon Sinek sees a better vision for the world and work, shares his Technicolor vision with us, and inspires us to join him on his journey that will unquestionably benefit us all. It’s hard not to like him and respond (intellectually and emotionally) to his unbridled optimism. Because of his TED Talk fame, his voice and delivery are as iconic as his words—swift, articulate, impassioned. I don’t “read” Sinek’s books,

2018-01-22T12:30:41+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Book Review, Business, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Psychology|Comments Off on Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Review: The Tenacity of the Cockroach: Conversations with Entertainment’s Most Enduring Outsiders

I’m not sure how The Tenacity of the Cockroach landed on my nightstand but I’m glad it did. The book is a collection of interviews with various entertainment industry “stars.” And I use that word loosely—some of the individuals are household names, some are off the radar screen entirely, most have had some success—if short lived. All are “outsiders”—and that’s what makes this book so darn interesting: it’s a sneak

2018-01-13T12:43:58+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Book Review, Criticism, Entertainment & Media, History|Comments Off on Review: The Tenacity of the Cockroach: Conversations with Entertainment’s Most Enduring Outsiders

Review: Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say

Tell Me More is a lovely little book. Each chapter is a personal essay centered on a common phrase that characterizes the story: - It's Like This - Tell Me More - I Don't Know - I Know - No - Yes - I Was Wrong - Good Enough - I Love You - No Words at All - Onward - This Is It All 12 essays are about relationships—her

2018-01-13T12:18:50+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Biography, Book Review, Essays, Memoirs|Comments Off on Review: Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say
Load More Posts