Spark: How Genius Ignites, From Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers

Spark: How Genius Ignites, From Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers


, biography, Nonfiction, Psychology

Yo-Yo Ma’s ear for music emerged not long after he learned to walk. By the age of seven, he was performing for President Kennedy; by fifteen he debuted at Carnegie Hall. Maya Angelou, by contrast, didn't write her iconic memoir, I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings, until she was 40. What propels some individuals to reach extraordinary creative heights in the earliest years of life while others discover their passions decades later? Are prodigies imbued with innate talent? How often are midlife inspirations triggered by propitious events, like Julia Child's first French meal at the age of 36? Do late bloomers reveal their talents because their skills require life experience and contemplation?

Through engaging storytelling and intriguing historical and cutting-edge scientific research, best-selling author and acclaimed journalist Claudia Kalb explores these questions to uncover what makes a prodigy and what drives a late bloomer. In this series of linked biographies, Kalb follows the journeys of thirteen remarkable individuals--from Shirley Temple to Alexander Fleming to Eleanor Roosevelt to Bill Gates--to discover the secrets behind their talents. Each possessed a unique arc of inspiration. Each--through science, art, music, theater, and politics--reached extraordinary success at different stages of life. And each offers us a chance to explore the genesis--and experience--of genius.

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  • Nursebookie

    Kalb, an award-winning author and journalist, beautifully and masterfully writes about creative geniuses and what made them who they are. Through an engaging and very captivating read, I learned about...

  • Steve Sternberg

    Claudia Kalb has delivered again, this time a baker's dozen of compulsively readable profiles of fascinating figures, with the focus on inspiration. Kalb, a veteran science writer, examines questions ...

  • Laura

    Have you ever wondered why some people are child prodigies while others hit their genius in middle or old age? I have often wondered about this. Spark looks into this phenomenon through the exploratio...

  • Lisa Albright

    I'm so in love with this book. Each chapter about a different creative individual is so incredibly fascinating. The early beginnings, the struggles and hardships endured, the lessons learned, the real...

  • Ariana

    A fascinating book with each chapter focusing on a different character of note. I wish however there was more exploration of each persons “genius” in particular, instead it is just a small biograp...

  • Marina Kalb

    Fascinating, entertaining, and informative, each chapter offers a different glimpse into the traits and life experiences that combine to produce a genius. Lively, personal stories interwoven with comp...

  • Eli Kalb

    Incredibly interesting. Must-read 💯...

  • Julia Sanchez

    The author did a great job. If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  • Candy

    Interesting for the bios as well as Kalb's thoughts on genius....