The Book of Doing (Paperback)

Everyday Activities to Unlock Your Creativity and Joy

By Allison Arden, Adam James Turnbull (Illustrator)

TarcherPerigee, 9780399537349, 192pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2012

List Price: 15.00*
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When did you last take the time to do the things you loved as a child: crafts, games, getting your hands dirty? Or feel the same delight and wonder that you took from your favorite childhood activities?

Despite the joy we gained from these pursuits, in our adult lives, we've left them behind-they're too frivolous, we're too busy or too old, and there's too much "real" work to do. It's time to change this mind-set. It's time to rediscover the things you love to do, because they energize, center, and connect you with the world in a meaningful and positive way.

The Book of Doing offers a collection of ideas and activities that encourage you to use your life as a canvas and explore your creativity through everything you do-to create and make, to explore and experiment, to play and build, to paint and cook-to do. Go ahead. Roll up your sleeves and get to it. It's time to do the things that make you happiest.

About the Author

Allison Arden is the publisher of Advertising Age, a trade magazine that showcases creativity and brand strategy for companies around the world. Her professional and personal paths have ignited her passion for creativity and its power to inspire joy in everything we do. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Scott; their children, Max and Maya; and their chocolate lab, Rosie. For more information, see

Adam Turnbull is an artist and designer from Sydney Australia based in New York. His work takes interests in social commentary, design, illustration and art. He illustrates a weekly blog Ten Cent Dime documenting life in New York among other things.

Praise For The Book of Doing: Everyday Activities to Unlock Your Creativity and Joy

 "Get your creative juice's flowing with the 94 ideas in The Book of Doing."  
—Parents Magazine

 "(An) inspirational manual to unlocking creativity."
—Better Homes & Gardens

 "The first steps to turning your dream into reality." 
—Parade Magazine

 "If ideas are fuel for your business, here's a book to help fill up your tank." 
—Advertising Age

 "Pretty terrific guidelines for life in general."
—Simplify 101

"My newest dream book." 
—Crazed Mind