SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways To Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday

Knopf. May 2019. 256p. illus. ISBN 9780525521242. $34; ebk. ISBN 9780525521259. SELF-HELP
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In his latest book, Walker (Buying In: What We Buy and Who We Are) urges readers to pay attention by seeing things commonly overlooked, listening instead of simply hearing, and noticing what matters to them in order to experience a greater feeling of vitality and connection. To this end, Walker outlines more than 100 enjoyable exercises to stimulate a deeper awareness. His ideas encompass studying the behavior of museumgoers as well as the art, making a list of smells during a 24-hour period, and interviewing an elder. Readers can pick and choose activities or even be inspired to make up their own.
VERDICT A delightful read recommended for both individual and public libraries.

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