Looking for a change? | On the bookshelf

Self-improvement is satisfying. But often we don’t know where to start our journey to betterment. These authors provide powerful insight into how successful people go about living their lives.

Self-improvement is satisfying. But often we don’t know where to start our journey to betterment. These authors provide powerful insight into how successful people go about living their lives. And they offer motivating advice on how we can transform our thinking and achieve dramatic personal change.

“The Creative Life: True Tales of Inspiration,” by Julia Cameron (hardcover, Penguin Books, 2010, 234 pages; $23.95). “The artist’s life can be tumultuous, and yet I chose it — and choose it again on a daily basis,” writes Julia Cameron, also the author of “The Artist’s Way.” In this book, Cameron “shows readers how to cultivate their lives,” the publisher says, in order to “nourish and sustain their art.”

“Outliers: The Story of Success,” by Malcolm Gladwell (hardcover; Little, Brown and Co.; 2008; 310 pages; $27.99). Gladwell is the best-selling author of “The Tipping Point” and “Blink,” so he knows motivation and self-improvement. In “Outliers,” Gladwell looks outside the lives of accomplished people, to see how their surroundings contribute to their success.

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen R. Covey (softcover, Free Press, 2004, 372 pages, $15.95). Updated with a new foreword and afterword by the author, this reprint of the popular 1989 edition — it sold 15 million copies — offers, as its subtitle notes,“powerful lessons in personal change.” Its author “presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems,” says the publisher.

“It’s Not Just Who You Know,” by Tommy Spaulding, with a foreword by Ken Blanchard (hardcover, Broadway Books, 2010, 308 pages, $23). “Tommy Spaulding delivers his ideas and life experiences in a way that can really help people achieve relationship excellence,” reviews Lee Cockerell, retired executive vice president of Walt Disney World Resort. “This book should be required reading.”

“Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking,” by Malcolm Gladwell (softcover, Back Bay Books, 2005, 324 pages, $15.99). In “Blink,” Gladwell draws on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, says publicity material for this best-seller, to show “how we all can become better decision makers — in our homes, in our offices, and in everyday life.”

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass