We all have choices and beliefs that will be influenced by our experiences and all books have the potential to inspire the reader. Three new books acquired by the Clark College Libraries examine the development of creative thinking, explore what it is like to live as a wild animal, and question our relationship with stuff. Perhaps, one of these new books will shape your thinking, awareness, and interests. Check them out.
The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins
Judkins examines the habits of successful creative thinkers, such as the Beatles, J.K. Rowling, Tolkien, Sondheim, and Picasso, the reader then can understand and apply the principles to their work and lives. The theme of his book is to transform individuals, businesses, universities and organizations with a deeper understanding of human creativity. Author Rod Judkins encourages readers to think beyond the normative. Rod Judkins is an artist and writer who lectures on creative thinking techniques at the Central St Martins College of Art and is a visiting lecturer throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.
Being A Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide by Charles Foster
Foster closely examines the lives of five different species, the badger, red deer, urban red fox, otter, and swift by living in their environment and impersonating their lifestyles. The memoir is a radical approach that examines the human experience, neuroscience, and psychology and scrutinizes the differences that separate humans and animals. However, Foster is cautious not to attribute human traits, emotions, and intentions to his subjects. Foster recounts his experiences with a sense of humor. Charles Foster is a veterinarian, professor, and research fellow at Oxford University.
Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff by Alison Steward
Sparked by the task of cleaning her late parent’s residence, Stewart began a three-year investigation about the American obsession with junk. Steward also examines alternative thinking toward stuff by presenting cases of people that give away their things or repair items verses throwing them away. The author further explores the popularity of tiny houses which promotes minimal living. A graduate of Brown University, Steward is an award-winning journalist with a twenty-year career with prominent networks.