As promised on The Meaning of Everything podcast, I give away one of my favorite books for free every week. Here is the list of books I offer. (This also just happens to be a great list of books to pick up, period.) If you have a suggestion, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To enter into the giveaway, write a review of the podcast (here), take a screenshot of your review, and email it to email@example.com. Then you’ll be in the drawing every week forthgoing!
Infinite Jest is a “gargantuan, mind-altering” novel. It probes questions about who we are, why we live the way we do, how we connect, and the role of entertainment in our lives. Simultaneously quite funny and also deep AF.
The Prophet is a classic of poetic meaning. Containing a collection of passages on various themes (love, marriage, loss), this is a deeply meaningful and also very accessible little book. Can transport you to your deepest self in no time.
The Chicago Tribune calls Becoming Wise “a compendium of wisdom, at once intimate and expansive.” Krista Tippett (you may have noticed a likeness) has long been a role model of mine, largely because of her ability to sit with big questions and powerful answers.
Naturalist is the autobiography of world famous and beloved entomologist E. O. Wilson. Journey with him through the swamps of his childhood and into his fantastical life revitalising science and fighting to preserve the world’s biodiversity.
Stumbling on Happiness
A brilliant book on the psychology of happiness. Gilbert teaches us that we know less about what’s good for us than we think, and what to do about it.
Sex at Dawn
Sex at Dawn is an incredibly thought provoking book about sex but also about so much more — about community, about human nature, about our animal past and present. If you want to challenge how you live and love, this book is perfect.
Surely You’re Joking!
Richard Feynman was a world-changing physicist and also an out-of-the-box, larger-than-life man who in this book tells stories that both inspire you and have you laughing out loud.
A History of God
Karen Armstrong is known for her ability to write with both sophistication and accessibility about major issues. This is a history of Abrahamic traditions that can’t be beat.