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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, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. 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, the founder of the world's largest feminist magazine, the world's greatest Uber driver, Pete Holmes, Angie Thomas, and Malcolm Gladwell. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and 100% ad-free, commercial-free, sponsor-free, and interruption-free.

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

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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, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. 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, the founder of the world's largest feminist magazine, the world's greatest Uber driver, Pete Holmes, Angie Thomas, and Malcolm Gladwell. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and 100% ad-free, commercial-free, sponsor-free, and interruption-free.

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

    Chapter 62: Myriam Gurba is a bold badass with a bronca against baseless bigotry and brutality

    Chapter 62: Myriam Gurba is a bold badass with a bronca against baseless bigotry and brutality

    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, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. 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, the founder of the world's largest feminist magazine, the world's greatest Uber driver, Pete Holmes, Angie Thomas, and Malcolm Gladwell. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and 100% ad-free, commercial-free, sponsor-free, and interruption-free. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co/
    Chapter Description:
    “Xicana AF. Bitch is my pronoun.” So reads the Twitter bio of Myriam Gurba, my guest, our guest, in Chapter 62. 
    A Mexican/American writer, storyteller, and visual artist from California, Myriam is the author of the true crime memoir Mean, which was hailed by O magazine as “one of the best LGBTQ+ books of all time.” She is also the author of Painting Their Portraits in Winter, Dahlia Season, as well as a number of chapbooks, all of which pack an audacious punch. And if her infectious written word is not enough, she’s toured with Sister Spit, a lesbian feminist spoken word and performance art collective. 
    She traffics in Spanglish and bold truth, the kind of which is raw and fierce. 
    “When I tell gringos that my Mexican grandfather worked as a publicist, the news silences them. Shocked facial expressions follow suit. Their heads look ready to explode and I can tell they’re thinking, ‘In Mexico, there are PUBLICISTS?!’ I wryly grin at these fulanos and let my smile speak on my behalf. It answers, ‘Yes, bitch, in México, there are things to publicize such as our own f*****g opinions about YOU.’ - Myriam Gurba
    Those words are from her viral article, P*****a, You Ain’t Steinbeck: My Bronca with Fake-Ass Social Justice Literature, in which she takes down Jeanine Cummins’ novel American Dirt. She had been asked to review the book by Ms. Magazine, but they rejected said review on the basis that she, “lacked the fame to pen something so negative.” The controversy came to light, as well as her original critique, and the publishing world erupted. Cultural appropriation, the white gaze, racism, and the lack of diversity in the publishing industry were brought to the fore. 
    Unafraid and unapologetic, Myriam had no choice but to ride the wave of deliberation. Aspersion was only heightened, shortly thereafter, by her very publicized suspension from her teaching job in a local high school by an armed police escort. Her social media presence was deemed inappropriate. And yet, she was, in her words, simply defending students who were accusing teachers of abuse.
    She is passionate and energetic, a big thinking firecracker who challenged my views and grew my thinking on so many levels for which I am so grateful. We had a jet-fueled conversation talking about racism, prejudice, growing up queer, police brutality, violence against women, the Mexican obsession with death, and, of course, Myriam Gurba’s 3 most formative books.
    Are you ready for a gritty, vulnerable, and honest conversation with the one and only Myriam Gurba?
    Let’s go!
    (Trigger Warning: This conversation does veer into topics of sexual abuse and trauma.)
    What You’ll Learn:
    Why is there so much white supremacy in publishing?
    How can we use vulnerability to draw strength?
    What is it like growing up queer?
    How can we become better activists?
    Why should the police an

    • 2 hr 5 min
    Chapter 61: Temple Grandin on mixing minds making magic

    Chapter 61: Temple Grandin on mixing minds making magic

    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, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. 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, the founder of the world's largest feminist magazine, the world's greatest Uber driver, Pete Holmes, Angie Thomas, and Malcolm Gladwell. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and 100% ad-free, commercial-free, sponsor-free, and interruption-free. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co/
    Chapter Description:
    Welcome to Chapter 61!
    I am delighted to bring you a conversation with the one and only Temple Grandin whose life has profoundly changed our preconceived notions on autism and neurodiversity, and whose work has heightened awareness of the importance of animal welfare.
    Born in 1947 in Boston, she was diagnosed with autism while still nonverbal at age 4. Told her daughter should be institutionalized, Temple’s Harvard-educated mother dismissed doctors and worked tirelessly to help her daughter blossom.
    A BA, MA, and PhD later, Temple is a lauded faculty member at the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University. She has authored over 60 scientific papers on animal behavior and is one of the first people with autism ever to document her own journey.
    This has contributed to her notoriety on many fronts: she was brought to prominence in the world by Oliver Sacks M.D in his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, she has authored her own books on autism, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism and The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Minds Succeed, her TED Talk - The World Needs All Kinds of Minds has been viewed over five million times and the HBO movie, Temple Grandin, shed authentic light on her incredible story.
    As a respected spokesperson in the animal community, Temple is also celebrated for her re-design of slaughterhouses (yes, you read that right). She is outspoken in her belief that, “alleviating anxiety rather than extending life fully,” should be the priority for those raising animals. Her essay “Animals are Not Things” and her books Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human, have garnered her the highest regard, for her ability to empathize with animals is second to none.
    In this Chapter, we discuss:
    What is the state of autism in the world today? How do we nurture diverse minds? What is missing from our education system today? What are the ethics of eating meat? How can we value our elders more? And of course, her 3 most formative books. Ready to jump into my conversation with this beautiful and resilient soul?
    Let’s go!
    WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN TODAY’S EPISODE:
    What is autism and what does ‘the autism spectrum’ really mean?
    What is missing from the education system today?
    Why should kids do more hands-on learning?
    What does it mean to be a visual thinker?
    What could have avoided the Fukushima nuclear disaster?
    What is animal welfare and why is it important?
    What is the future of our species? (big one!)
    How can we embrace getting older?
    How do we find our purpose?
    You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/61
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Chapter 60: Shane Parrish masters Munger to map mental models and mold maverick minds

    Chapter 60: Shane Parrish masters Munger to map mental models and mold maverick minds

    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, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. 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, the founder of the world's largest feminist magazine, the world's greatest Uber driver, Pete Holmes, Angie Thomas, and Malcolm Gladwell. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and 100% ad-free, commercial-free, sponsor-free, and interruption-free. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co/
    Chapter Description:
    In Shane Parrish’s first group project during his MBA he watched as his professor got into some verbal fisticuffs with his partner on a project. They were debating the logic behind his group’s presentation. They disagreed about it! And, eventually, his partner got up and shouted, “I am wasting my time here!” before storming out of the room, out of the class, and out of the program in one fell Costanza-like swoop.
    Shane fortunately caught up with the unnamed hero in this little caper while he was waiting for a taxi and said, “What happened back there? I thought we did the project right. Why did we get such a different answer than the professor?” His partner’s two-word answer ended up changing Shane’s life.
    He said simply: “Charlie Munger”.
    Who is Shane Parrish?
    He’s a former spy who, to quote the NY Times, ‘helps Wall Street mavens think smarter.’ He’s become an unlikely guru to the world’s intellectual elite with strategies appealing to an overachieving audience across high finance, Silicon Valley and professional sports. He runs Farnam Street, colloquially known as FS.blog, which aims to ‘help you master the best of what other people have already figured out.’. FS.blog helps readers optimize decision-making through a giant worldwide community of thousands of people, a virtual think tank of professionals who can help “shorten the path to wisdom’ and self-education. FS is also: an award-winning newsletter (Brain Food), a podcast called The Knowledge Project (which I guested on not so long ago) and a series of incredible books called The Great Mental Models that Shane Parrish and his team personally publish. 
    So how do you meet a spy? You fly to him. And so I did. Up to Ottawa, Canada and into the new Farnam Street Offices on Bank Street — all pre-pandemic. To say I’m intrigued by Shane is an understatement. He is a voracious reader with  insights and worldly wisdom on big questions like:
    What does it mean to think better? How should we think about our thinking? What is intelligence and how should we measure it? How do we build trust in relationships? What does it mean to be a gentleman these days? How do you raise boys into great men? And, of course, what are Shane Parrish’s 3 most formative books? Are you ready?
    Let’s go.
    What You'll Learn:
    What does it mean to live a more meaningful life? How should we create trust in the world today? How do we create art with integrity? How do we think about sponsorship? How do you make adult friendships? How do you live life without lawyers? How do we develop trust without contracts? You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:  https://www.3books.co/chapters/60   
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Chapter 59: Jeff Speck is pushing the pleasures of pedestrian propinquity

    Chapter 59: Jeff Speck is pushing the pleasures of pedestrian propinquity

    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, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. 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, the founder of the world's largest feminist magazine, the world's greatest Uber driver, Pete Holmes, Angie Thomas, and Malcolm Gladwell. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and 100% ad-free, commercial-free, sponsor-free, and interruption-free. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co/
    Chapter Description:
    Where in the world are you right now?
    Are you in cramped apartment in a busy downtown core? Are you in a countryside farm beside a tiny general store? Or are you in a basement hotel gym in Ulaanbaatar? 
    And, more importantly, why in the world are you where you are? Are you chasing a career? Are you in school? Did you move for love? Does inertia have you wedged deeply into your neighborhood?
    Well, where ever you are, I can promise you this: by the end of Chapter 59 you won’t look at where you live the same way ever again.
    Why?
    Because my next guest is a visionary city planner and urban designer and who will guide us through the power of place and principled planning.




    Sidenote: Chapter 59 is our first rabbit hole chapter of 3 Books. You may recall Anne Bogel introduced us to Jeff Speck by picking his book Walkable City as one of her three most formative back in Chapter 57. She was in love with the book, I fell in love with the book, and we ended up inviting Jeff onto the show.
    So who is Jeff Speck?
    Well, he’s an internationally renowned city planner and urban designer, recognized for his research surrounding, and advocacy for, more walkable cities. He was Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003-2007, he was also Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co (the founders of the  New Urbanist movement) for over 10 years and now heads up his own consulting practice, advising cities and mayors across the globe. He is a fellow at both the Congress for the New Urbanism and the American Institute of Certified Planners and has made conversations surrounding walkability mainstream via his two TED Talks viewed over 4 million times: The Walkable City and 4 Ways to Make a City More Walkable.  
    And as if the above planning pedigree were not enough, he is the author of several books including the aforementioned Walkable City, the top selling city planning book for the past decade, (and #832 in our Top 1000!) as well as Suburban Nation, declared by the Wall Street Journal as ‘the urbanists bible’
    In this chapter we deep dive into:
    What is walkability and what is its true value?
    What is the relationship between design and well-being?
    What are the true costs of car ownership?
    How can city planning combat loneliness?
    How does poor planning perpetuate racism?
    What makes a good mayor?
    Jeff is a wonder brain. Humble, articulate, passionate, he’s a man on a mission. His mind has these cranks and gears that allow him to see the world with giant perspective and distill things down to simple ideas for us to absorb and reflect upon. 
    Are you ready?
    Let’s go!


    What You’ll Learn:


    What is urban planning?
    Where and how did urban planning go wrong in the twentieth century?
    What is necessary to create human-scale livable spaces?
    Why are many cities failing its citizens?
    How much is car dependency

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Chapter 58: Author David Mitchell on designing dizzily dazzling dreams

    Chapter 58: Author David Mitchell on designing dizzily dazzling dreams

    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, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. 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, the founder of the world's largest feminist magazine, the world's greatest Uber driver, Pete Holmes, Angie Thomas, and Malcolm Gladwell. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and 100% ad-free, commercial-free, sponsor-free, and interruption-free. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co/
    Chapter Description:
    “Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers” Gustave Flaubert
    I heard David Mitchell mention this quote while I was deep in the rabbit hole preparing to speak to him. It gave me pause. Was there any way he could possibly live up to the pedestal in the clouds I’d long placed him on?
    My love affair with David Mitchell began years ago when I became completely transfixed by Cloud Atlas. I then began devouring his other books like a starving man — Ghost Written, number9dream, Black Swan Green, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, The Bone Clocks, and his brand new masterpiece Utopia Avenue.
    Every book broke new genre territory while consistently offering vividly realistic characters, leaping plotlines, and hints towards a larger scale multiverse tying everything together. It’s no wonder five of his books have been long- or short-listed for the Booker Prize.
    And it’s not just me or the Booker committee, either. The Boston Globe calls David Mitchell, “one of the most electric writers alive”, Esquire calls him, “a genre leaping, mind bending, world-traveling, puzzle-making, literary magician”, and the New York Times Book Review declared him “a genius who writes as though at the helm of a perpetual dream machine.” TIME even declared him one of the world’s “100 Most Influential People”.
    I was indeed worried, but after spending two and a half hours talking to David (in what I think may be the longest feature-length interview with him anywhere and his first podcast interview in years) I am pleased to say no specks of gold came off in my fingers. If anything, his grace, humility, and wit only elevated the pedestal higher into the cosmos.
    Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, prepare to go deep into one of the world’s deepest minds in the world. Get ready for a ramble across Middle Earth, Russia, Ireland, and Japan as we discuss things like:  
    How can art be an anti-snobbery force?
    How books can stop minds from scratching themselves raw?
    How writers build trust with their readers?
    How we can we harvest imagination?
    What is it like raising a child who is non-verbal?
    What is the power and meaning of the metaphysical?
    How should writing be judged?
    Which fantasy author trumps Tolkien and why?
    These are just some of the topics we touch on with loving father, master craftsman, mentor to many, and endlessly erudite bibliophile David Mitchell.
    Let’s go!
    What You'll Learn:
    Why shouldn’t genre matter in writing?
    Why doesn’t snobbery belong in the world of books?
    How do books change after they’re read?
    How does the metaphor of a TV box set apply to books?
    How do writers build trust with their readers?
    How do we harvest imagination?
    What’s the relationship between health care policy and good writing?
    Who are The Russians and how does one properly wade into them?
    Why are we

    • 2 hr 59 min
    Chapter 57: Anne Bogel believes books build bridges and boost bibliophile belonging

    Chapter 57: Anne Bogel believes books build bridges and boost bibliophile belonging

    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, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. 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, the founder of the world's largest feminist magazine, the world's greatest Uber driver, Pete Holmes, Angie Thomas, and Malcolm Gladwell. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and 100% ad-free, commercial-free, sponsor-free, and interruption-free. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co/
    Chapter Description:
    Want to hang out in New York?
    Yes, let’s go back to pre-pandemic when sidewalks were full, strangers shook hands, and everybody popped in and out of stores like it was nothing. Sound like a faraway dream world? Yeah, it does to me, too. Yet somehow only a few months ago I flew down to New York and hung out in Union Square and The Strand bookstore with literary phenom Anne Bogel.
    Anne runs Modern Mrs Darcy, one of the world’s largest book blogs, as well as What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book, two of the world’s largest books podcast. Is that all? No, of course that’s not all! Do you know Anne? She’s like the Tasmanian Devil. She’s also a bestselling author and has three books to her name including Don’t Overthink It, I’d Rather Be Reading, and Reading People. Oh, and did I mention she’s the mother of four children!?!?
    In Chapter 57, Anne shares why she’s hesitant to look at people’s bookshelves when she’s just met them, what your ‘reading life’ is and how to grow and nurture it, what makes a city liveable, how Anne would organize a bookstore, and, of course, Anne’s three most formative books.
    I am so excited to share this conversation with you. I dare you to listen to Anne and not feel immediately excited to grow your reading life…
    Let’s go!
    What You’ll Learn:
    What is your reading life? How do you grow your reading life? What do your bookshelves say about you? How do you lean into reading new narrative structures? What books should you read to your kids to introduce them to death? What would Anne Bogel’s bookstore look like? How do you measure success? You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/57        
    Leave us a voicemail. Your message may be included in a future episode: 1-833-READ-A-LOT.
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    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

northgem ,

Antidote to Propinquity Effect

I have enjoyed every show. Late to join the Podcast series which gives me the opportunity to listen to the older shows as I await the new episodes.
3 Books is introducing me to books that I have read long ago, am reading now or have put on my list to read. What I love is that there is so much more to the conversations than just the books. 3books podcast is about love of books, words and reading from the point of view other than an author promoting their newest product.
I am grateful for the technology that gives me access to a larger perspective.
Thank you Neil !!

Michelle P. Teacher ,

Great resource for inspiration and great books😊

I love this Podcast! Neil is a very humble interviewer and shows such respect to his guests. He show such sincerity in his interviews. The premise is to find three great books in each podcast but learn so much more about success, survival, and how books can shape your direction in life. If you have never heard of Neil Pasricha I strongly encourage you to watch his TED talk - The Three A’s of Awesome and his numerous books - each unique approaches to the same ends - finding your way to get the most out of life.
A great listen and source of new reading material. Enjoy!

Heather C SD ,

“Books are Magic”

Books are magic and this podcast is magic. I first started with some of the chapters featuring well known authors but quickly discovered each episode is equally interesting and calming. Thank you for sharing that there is no book shame and creating a podcast that shares recommendations I would have never heard before.

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