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Book Recommendations to Stir Your Imagination and Perk-Up Your Creativity

There’s an organization called TED that shares video talks that are, usually, extremely interesting; and, often enough, quite amazing.

From TED’s history page:

“TED was born in 1984 out of Richard Saul Wurman’s observation of a powerful convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment and design. The first TED included a demo of the compact disc, the e-book and cutting-edge 3D graphics from Lucasfilm, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines using his developing theory of fractal geometry.”

Well, TED’s blog had an article entitled, Your summer reading list: 70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees; and, even though summer is more than half over (in the Northern Hemisphere…), I’m going to share a few of those books with you.

There are ten categories, each with a number of books—I’ll pick two books from eight of the categories and let the truly curious take the link to the article (there are also brief “reviews” for each book in the full article)

Mind-bending fiction, picked by David Eagleman

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Books on art and race, picked by Anne Pasternak

Who We Be: The Colorization of America by Jeff Chang

Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in North Africa and the Middle East edited by Anthony Downey

Illuminating nonfiction, picked by Bill Gates

Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization by Vaclav Smil

How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff and Irving Geis

Incredible interviews, picked by Dave Isay

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Haunting novels, picked by Ava DuVernay

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Books on historical moments, picked by David Rothkopf

A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit

Books on creativity, picked by Tony Fadell

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

Thought-provoking fiction, picked by Nadia Goodman

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

Happy Reading :-)

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4 responses to “Book Recommendations to Stir Your Imagination and Perk-Up Your Creativity

  1. Sunshinebright August 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    My reblog button is missing also. Found your question on Forum. I think it’s all over WP, not just yours or mine. Also, “like” button is missing, too. Strange things are happening.

    Also, I don’t know if it’s my computer, but very slow speed here on WP. Have to wait for “post comment” to appear so I can post this comment.


    • Alexander M Zoltai August 27, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks for leaving your comment—at least I’m not alone :-)

      I still have the like button…

      And, Loading Speed seems normal—I do have a “slow” computer…

      Hoping they fix things soon—it’s hard enough keeping a blog-schedule—having that schedule interrupted is bad news :-(


      • Sunshinebright August 27, 2015 at 1:13 pm

        WP is evidently “fooling around” with us. In the lower right corner, a button now pops up, telling me I’m following, and when I was in my own post, a button popped up in the lower right corner, giving me the option to “customize.” My “like” button is still missing on the WP toolbar as well as the “reblog” button.

        Thanks for replying, Alexander.


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