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3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians.

For more info check out: www.3books.co

3 Books With Neil Pasricha Neil Pasricha: Bestselling Author

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3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians.

For more info check out: www.3books.co

    Chapter 45: Rich Roll on wrestling with recovery and running to redemption

    Chapter 45: Rich Roll on wrestling with recovery and running to redemption

    3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: www.3books.co
    A graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School. Rich Roll is a 53-year old, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete, wellness advocate, bestselling author and host of the Rich Roll Podcast. A former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, popular public speaker, husband, father of 4 and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courageous and healthy living. His inspirational memoir FINDING ULTRA became a bestseller upon it's release in 2012 and THE PLANTPOWER WAY cookbook graces kitchens across the world. Along with his wife and four children, Rich resides in Malibu Canyon outside of Los Angeles.
    Chapter Description:
    Today we are headed West, perched atop the hills of Calabasas, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
    I’d love for you to be my guest for an incredible conversation with the one and only Rich Roll.
    Who is Rich Roll?
    Well, Rich was introduced to me by Jonathan Fields, our guest in Chapter 24 and host of the Goodlife Project. Jonathan told me Rich was one of his favorite people and he soon became one of my favorite people. I love his mind, his words, his outlook, and his incredible podcast … and was thrilled to have a chance to ask him which 3 books most shaped his life.  
    Rich went to Stanford and Cornell and was a national athlete at Stanford in swimming, but his career was cut short by a decade-long struggle with drugs and alcohol, eventually landing him in jail and rehab. On the eve of his 40th birthday, as he walked up the stairs he was left totally winded… and decided it was time to make a change.
    The next day Rich overhauled his life. He switched to a 100% vegan, plant-based diet, grabbed his running shoes, jumped back into the pool, and two years later, fueled only by plants and after losing 50 pounds, he became the first vegan to ever compete in the 320-mile ultra-marathon and finished as the 3rd fastest American in the race.
    Are you kidding me??
    He then went on to complete five Ironman Triathlons on five islands of Hawaii in one week!
    In 2012, he wrote his inspirational memoir FINDING ULTRA: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself, which became a bestseller upon its release and is still ranking highly to this day. It’s a fantastic book and memoir. I’ve read it. I loved it and can’t recommend it enough.
    In 2013, he launched the Rich Roll Podcast. An incredible podcast, often ranking in the top 50 on iTunes, he does a deep exploration and mindmeld with people such as Russell Brand, Kevin Smith, Lance Armstrong, and Edward Norton. He calls it a two-hour experience, where he covers huge themes around fitness, creativity, and the human condition.
    I was very lucky to link my mind with Rich in Chapter 45 of 3 Books.
    Let’s go!
    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN: How do you decide which once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to do? How far should you lean into your art? What are some tools that help you be fully present and available? How do you build a

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    The Best of 2019: Neil Pasricha reminisces on relationships, romance, and radical reading

    The Best of 2019: Neil Pasricha reminisces on relationships, romance, and radical reading

    3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: www.3books.co 
    Episode Description:
    And we’re here!
    It’s 11:59 pm on December 31, 2019 and we’re about to enter into 2020. 
    We’re winding down the holiday cheer and staring ahead at a brand new year. 
    It’s a time to reminisce and remember all we’re grateful for, it’s a time to look back on our struggles, and it’s time to open the next waiting door.
    Welcome to the second annual “Best Of” episode of 3 Books. 
    I hope this serves as a great welcome mat into the show for new listeners and a way to reflect and remember some of the goldiest gold nuggets from Chapters 20-44 which aired through 2019. 
    We are publishing a new chapter of 3 Books on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon from 5:36 am on March 31,  2018 to 5:52 am on September 1, 2031. 
    Please explore the show further at www.3books.co, read our values, see our show notes, and catch up on our growing list of The Top 1000 most formative books in the world. 
    Thanks again for joining me on this wild and crazy ride. 
    Neil
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    • 3 hrs 33 min
    Chapter 44: Kevin the bookseller on subtracting stuff and sorting Star Wars

    Chapter 44: Kevin the bookseller on subtracting stuff and sorting Star Wars

    3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: www.3books.co
    In this chapter, I walk into a full-blown Indigo bookstore, inside of a hospital and run into my old friend Kevin, who has been working there for 11 years. As we begin talking about his three most formative books, I decide to bring out my iPhone and record the conversation.
    Chapter Description:
    I love Kevin Marusic. 
    He’s a book nerd and bookseller and bookstore manager (and moustache aficionado) who runs the Indigo bookstore in the Mount Sinai hospital in downtown Toronto. 
    Whenever I talk to Kevin our conversation rolls like a river so this time (this time!) I pulled out my cell phone after I walked in and recorded the very first guerrilla style chapter of 3 Books! 
    No prep, no research, no notes, no books read in advance.
    In Chapter 44 of 3 Books, join me inside the Indigo Books in Mount Sinai hospital as we discuss how to learn to look at worlds beyond our own, what order you should watch the Star Wars movies in and why, what the dangers are of the ‘pants computer’, why you should separate your phone into tool and toy, why books are magic (new 3 Books value!), and, of course, the incredible Kevin Marusic’s three most formative books. 
    There are so many nerdy tic-tacs buried in this chat that I am not coming anywhere close to doing Kevin justice.
    Trust me.
    He is a gem! He is a lover. He has a wonderful heart.
    And I am so delighted to share his incredible wisdom with all of you. The world will be a better place if we can all be a bit more like Kevin. 
    Let’s go!
    What You'll Learn:

    What is the other definition of USSR? Why is it important to lose yourself in art or in stories? Why should a conversation flow like a river? Who did JRR Tolkien go to school with to help inspire Lord of the Rings? Why are booksellers and librarians ‘doctors of the mind’? How can living with less give us more? What are the dangers of the ‘pants computer’? You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.com/chapters/44   

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    Chapter 43: Lisa Labute on life lessons from loving legumes

    Chapter 43: Lisa Labute on life lessons from loving legumes

    3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: www.3books.co 
    Lisa is the founder of the Goods, a cafe located on Roncesvalles Avenue in the West End of Toronto, that specializes in hand crafted, radically healthy food. Her inherent understanding of the medicinal potential of plant based cuisine has made her a leader in the functional food movement in Toronto. The Goods’ simple, yet meticulously crafted meals remind us of the deep connection between food and our wellbeing. Lisa left a career as an advertising executive to start The Goods which is ranked one of the ten healthiest restaurants in Toronto.
    Chapter Description:
    I am so excited to introduce you to Lisa Labute.
    Lisa ratcheted up the ladder of the advertising world, working 100-hour weeks as an ad executive helping to sell everything from fast food to luxury cars.
    And then she eventually burned out — had a “food incident” — and realized, like Emily McDowell told us in Chapter 18, that it’s a lot better to make things people want than making people want things.
    After traveling the world to lean into her new passion for mindful and intentional eating she returned to her home of Toronto to found The Goods, a cafe located in the west end of Toronto in the Roncesvalles neighborhood, that serves vegan, hand-crafted, radically healthy foods.
    Lisa’s understanding of the medicinal potential of plant-based cuisine has made her a leader of the functional food movement.
    I stumbled upon The Goods while on one of my Life-Changing Magical Walks during an Untouchable Day and struck up a conversation with Lisa. I loved her energy, vibrancy, and passion. I sensed immediately that she was a true community leader and somebody who was happy “getting off the program” to live a purpose-filled life.
    At The Goods every single food is made from scratch. Even the mustard! They buy mustard seeds, let them sprout, and then make their own. The kitchen is radically transparent and open concept and the walls are lined with jars full of ingredients visually listed in the ratio in which they’re used. All of the ingredients are clearly listed, and despite being a health conscious vegan restaurant, the food is presented in a non-dogmatic and non-judgemental fashion. Lisa is not a “you should” kind of person as you’ll hear.
    Lisa and I explore themes around how we eat well, how to exit “the program,” how to discuss mental illness, and how we find our most adventurous, wild, and truest selves.
    I hope you enjoy Chapter 43 of 3 Books.
    Let’s go!
    What You'll Learn: How can we stop ‘shoulding’ on ourselves?
    Why is there so much confusion surrounding health?
    How can diet alter mental health and even our oral structure?
    Why shouldn’t you eat any food that has a health claim on it?
    How do we eat healthy even when we’re travelling or busy?
    Why and how should we strive for a more ‘wild’ lifestyle?
    Leave us a voicemail. Your message may be included in a future episode: 1-833-READ-A-LOT.
    You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Chapter 42: Molly Bloom on poker princess privileges and pushing past pomposity

    Chapter 42: Molly Bloom on poker princess privileges and pushing past pomposity

    3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: www.3books.co 
    Molly Bloom formerly ran one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world, raking in millions annually and featuring players like Alex Rodriguez, Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ben Affleck. After the dramatic takedown, she wrote the New York Times bestselling book Molly's Game detailing her life's story, which turned into a $59 million Oscar-nominated film starring Jessica Chastain and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Molly had previously trained as an Olympic skier and reached #3 in North America, despite having been told she could never ski again after having surgery for her scoliosis.
    Chapter Description:
    In Chapter 42 of 3 Books, I sit down with Molly Bloom at the Four Seasons after she had just spoken to 10,000 (no big deal — 10,000 people!) with other big stars like Tony Robbins and Rachel Hollis.
    Who’s Molly Bloom?
    Molly began her career as a world-class skier, but while training as a pre-teen she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. Her doctor told her she could never ski again, but even as a pre-teen Molly had incredible strength of mind, which you’ll recognize in our podcast, and she ended up back on the slopes only a year after her surgery.
    By age 21, she was ranked #3 in North America. She then took off to LA and began running one of the most exclusive, high-stakes, underground poker games in the world featuring players like Alex Rodriguez, Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, and was raking in millions of dollars per year.
    So, what happened? The feds went after her! The mafia went after her! And there was a dramatic takedown. While waiting for her sentencing, she ended up writing her life’s story in her memoir Molly’s Game. That book became a bestseller and was turned into a movie written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, writer of The West Wing and The Social Network, starring Jessica Chastain (as Molly), Idris Alba, and Kevin Costner.
    Molly has been featured on Ellen, NPR, LA Times, VICE, and many more. But what was happening below the surface is a story that, as she says in this chapter, has never been shared before. There was a journey happening inside Molly that forced her to look at the downsides of her ambition and addictive personality.
    In this conversation we discuss: How do you recover from a life altering public defeat? Why is losing everything so liberating? How exactly do you get Aaron Sorkin to turn your life story into a movie? What is the counterintuitive way to prepare for a huge meeting? How do you find the 'monetizable asset' in your life?
    And, of course, what are Molly Bloom's three most formative books?
    Let’s go!
    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:
    What’s one unusual way to get a book deal?
    How can you train yourself to become calmer prior to meetings and life events?
    What are the positive and negative effects of having a strong mind?
    How do you know if you’re pursuing the wrong path?
    How can you leverage negative qualities to become strengths?
     Leave us a voicemail. Your message may be included in a f

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Chapter 41: Jen Gunter on beating bullying, bigotry, and body bashfulness

    Chapter 41: Jen Gunter on beating bullying, bigotry, and body bashfulness

    3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: www.3books.co 
    Dr. Jen Gunter is a Canadian-American OB/GYN and a pain medicine physician. Jen is commonly referred to as Twitter’s resident gynecologist, the Internet’s OB/GYN, and is one of the fiercest advocates for women’s health. Jen writes the New York Times columns "The Cycle" and "You Asked Jen Gunter." She hosts the popular TV show Jensplaining and she has written the bestselling books "The Preemie Primer" and "The Vagina Bible."
    Chapter Description:
    Question for you.
    Let’s say you were scheduled to give birth to triplets, but they arrived prematurely, and one of them died during birth at the hospital …
    In that painful situation, what would you do?
    You’d search for answers!
    You’d ask questions!
    And if you’re Dr. Jen Gunter, you would recognize that, even to a doctor, the answers were confusing, misleading, and sometimes contradictory. So what did she do? Well, Jen wrote an entire book on premature babies called the The Preemie Primer. The book became popular and helped Jen develop a massive following to the point where she’s known today as Twitter’s OB/GYN.
    Why?
    Because she’s not afraid to give people the cold, hard truth.
    Today Jen hosts the TV show Jensplaining and writes not one but two New York Times columns!
    Jen recently wrote another book called The Vagina Bible which took off and has been climbing bestsellers lists.
    Due to the success of her books Jen is often on promotion tours so I was able to catch up with her at the PenguinRandomHouse offices in Toronto when she came through town for TV shows and to give speeches.
    Jen and I discuss how medicine became rooted in mansplaining, how to teach kids sex ed, and of course, her three most formative books.
    Let’s go!
    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:
    How do we break the cycle of “those who get bullied become bullies?”
    How did Dr. Jen Gunter become known as Twitter’s OB/GYN?
    How should parents teach their children sex ed?
    How is the stigma surrounding STIs impacting rates of transmission and treatment?
    When is shame a wasted emotion and when is it an appropriate emotion?
    What are the key ingredients for good sex?
    Leave us a voicemail. Your message may be included in a future episode: 1-833-READ-A-LOT.
    You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.com/chapters/41
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    • 52 min

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