Great books by good people (that we actually know)

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.

—Louisa May Alcott

Even more so in our fast-paced, FoMO, digital age, it’s nice to grab a book, sit back, and enjoy (and/or learn). It’s especially satisfying when you actually know the author.

And while this certainly isn’t a complete list of books by our talented friends and acquaintances, it’s plenty enough to keep your nose in a book (or a tablet) for a while.




The Connected Company

The Connected Company
Dave Gray

Jeff Howe

Customers Included
Mark Hurst

Social Business by Design
Dion Hinchcliffe & Peter Kim




Steal like an artist

Steal Like an Artist
Austin Kleon

Show Your Work
Austin Kleon

How to Fly a Horse
Kevin Ashton

Dave Gray, James Macanufo, & Sunni Brown

Drawing Is Magic
John Hendrix



Birdseye Bristoe

Birdseye Bristoe
Dan Zettwoch

Kevin Huizenga

The Story of the First 100 Years of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Weatherbird
Dan Martin



Beyond bullet points

Beyond Bullet Points
Cliff Atkinson

Nancy Duarte

The Back of the Napkin
Dan Roam

Visual Language
Robert Horn




Mission at Nuremberg

Mission at Nuremberg
Tim Townsend

A Drive Into the Gap
Kevin Guilfoile

The Muny: Songs of St. Louis Summers
Judith Newmark

Gaslight Square—An Oral History
Thomas Crone



50 sad chairs

Bill Keaggy

Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost & Found
Bill Keaggy

Lochfoot (iPad book)
W. Scott Matthews

100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die
Amanda Doyle

Disclaimers: Yes, two of my books are listed here (ha!), as well as one by Tremendousness co-founder Scott Matthews 🙂 …and I actually designed The Connected Company and Customers Included and was the photo editor for The Muny.