BOOK CLUB Compass reviews four new titles

THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME: CONFESSIONS OF THE CREATIVE MIND - Biz Stone

Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter and a true social innovator, has been named GQ’s Nerd of the Year and one of TIME’s Most Influential People. But he didn’t become a success overnight.

In Stone’s own words, Things a Little Bird Told Meis more than a rags-to-riches tale – it’s a story about making something out of nothing, and a chance to hear from one of today’s most intriguing minds about creating opportunities, believing in your own success, experiencing failure and having fun along the way.

240 pages, Grand Central Publishing, April 2014, US$26.00 (hardcover)grandcentralpublishing.com

CREATIVITY, INC.: OVERCOMING THE UNSEEN FORCES THAT STAND IN THE WAY OF TRUE INSPIRATION - Ed Catmull

Ever wondered why Pixar Animation Studios has succeeded in dominating the world of animation for nearly two decades? Where did the ideas for Toy Story, Finding Nemoand Upeven come from?

Written by Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull, Creativity, Inc.takes readers into the nerve center of one of the world’s most innovative and successful companies. Catmull delves into what it takes to build a creative organization, explains how creativity can be nurtured, and reveals the ideals that underlie Pixar’s success.

368 pages, Random House, April 2014, US$28.00 (hardcover)randomhouse.com

INVISIBLES: THE POWER OF ANONYMOUS WORK IN AN AGE OF RELENTLESS SELF-PROMOTION - David Zweig

Have you ever thought that notbeing recognized for your accomplishments is a sign of true success? In Invisibles, social observer David Zweig profiles people who have chosen careers that accord them no outward recognition, but whose steady, reliable performance is vital to modern life.

Invisiblesis a thought-provoking book that challenges our perceptions of success. Zweig unmasks some truly amazing people who have chosen to fly under the radar. He makes us realize that you don’t have to be in the limelight to be successful – sometimes, doing your work so well that you become invisible is the greatest accomplishment.

256 pages, Portfolio Hardcover, June 2014, US$27.95 (hardcover) us.penguingroup.com

STUFF MATTERS: EXPLORING THE MARVELOUS MATERIALS THAT SHAPE OUR MAN-MADE WORLD - Mark Miodownik

Few people can say a stabbing incident changed their life in a positive way, but Mark Miodownik can – it’s how the globally renowned materials scientist’s fascination with materials started.

In Stuff Matters, Miodownik presents entertaining and fascinating insights into the everyday materials that many of us take for granted. With anecdotes that add personality and humor, he shares the history of a multitude of materials, explains how they have evolved, and offers a peek into a future made possible by wondrous new materials.

272 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2014, US$26.00 (hardcover)hmhco.com

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