Books have been generally sorted into three broad categories: Mind, Habit & Technique. Clearly there is some overlap and my groupings are a bit artificial. I welcome your emailing me with YOUR favorites in the comments section below. Thank you.


  • Persuadable, Al Pittampalli
  • Daring Greatly, Brené Brown
  • Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Quiet, Susan Cain
  • Mindset, Carol S. Dweck
  • The Dot and the Line, Norton Juster
  • The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff
  • The Nature of Generosity, William Kittredge
  • The Gift, Lewis Hyde
  • The Death of Common Sense, Philip K. Howard
  • A Hidden Wholeness, Parker J. Palmer
  • The Unknown Craftsman, SoetsuYanagi
  • The Creative Process, edited and with introduction by Brewster Ghiselin
  • Art and Fear, David Bayles & Ted Orland


  • The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp
  • Daybook, Turn, Prospect: three books by Anne Truitt
  • Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees, conversations with Robert Irwin
  • A Degree of Mastery, Annie Tremmel Wilcox
  • The Shape of Content, Ben Shahn
  • Teaching a Stone to Talk, Annie Dillard
  • Piano Pieces, Russell Sherman
  • Poems New and Collected 1957-1997, Wistawa Szynborska


  • Pattern Design, Lewis F. Day
  • Pattern Play, Cris LeTourneau and Sonya Yencer
  • One Zentangle a Day, Beckah Krahula
  • Traditional Henna Designs, The Pepin Press
  • The Quilts of Gees Bend, organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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