Author: Stuart Brown with Christopher Vaughan
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Price: $27.50 (Hardcover)

Dr. Stuart Brown is passionate about play. He created the California-based National Institute for Play to prove it. And in his new book Play, he details the wide-reaching importance of taking time out for fun in daily life. Play, he writes, is called recreation because it actually does recreate us. Brown equates the need for play with that for food and sleep and explains the implications it has not just to our happiness but child development, education and business. Using summaries of his scientific research mixed with case studies, Brown makes his case for why play is essential to innovation and personal reinvention.