11 episodes

Welcome to Book Wise, where we explore leadership through books.

Books are “uniquely portable magic” (Stephen King) and “mirrors of the soul” (Virginia Woolf).

From BookClub.com, host Britt Brewer (with guest host appearances from CEO Jonathan Munk) helps you find the next book that stops you in your tracks… and just might shape your life and career.

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Welcome to Book Wise, where we explore leadership through books.

Books are “uniquely portable magic” (Stephen King) and “mirrors of the soul” (Virginia Woolf).

From BookClub.com, host Britt Brewer (with guest host appearances from CEO Jonathan Munk) helps you find the next book that stops you in your tracks… and just might shape your life and career.

    J.D. Vance’s "Hillbilly Elegy": Who is Trump’s New Heir?

    J.D. Vance’s "Hillbilly Elegy": Who is Trump’s New Heir?

    Before J.D. Vance catapulted into the spotlight, he was a bestselling author. On this episode, we’ll give you the scoop on his 2016 book, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.”
    Britt Brewer is joined by BookClub CEO Jonathan Munk, who sets the scene for Vance’s upbringing in a small Ohio town hit hard by the decline of American manufacturing. How does Vance rise against so many odds to become Trump’s running mate? What does his story tell us about the hardships that so many Americans face? And what role do housing policy and privilege play in all of this?
    For a quick download on Vance and a deeper understanding of life in the Rust Belt, this Book Wise episode is for you.
    Unlock unlimited learning for your team. Learn more at bookclub.com.

    • 15 min
    "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell: Is Talent Overrated?

    "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell: Is Talent Overrated?

    On this episode of Book Wise, host Britt Brewer, A.K.A. “Dr. Books,” takes a call from a listener debating one of the timeless questions: is success more about talent or hard work?
    Dr. Books’ top recommendation to settle the debate is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. We break down success stories and answer questions like: What led to Fleetwood Mac's record-breaking success? Could Mozart rely solely on his prodigious talent? And in the end, was all that hard work worth the brain injury for Rocky?
    If you're intrigued by what truly drives success, you won't want to miss this episode!
    Books mentioned:• “Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell• “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference" by Malcolm Gladwell• “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth• "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel H. Pink
    Unlock unlimited learning for your team. Learn more at bookclub.com.

    • 8 min
    “Educated” by Tara Westover: From Rural Idaho to Harvard

    “Educated” by Tara Westover: From Rural Idaho to Harvard

    On this episode of Book Wise, our host Britt Brewer A.K.A. “Dr. Books” takes a caller from the request line in search of an aspirational, hardscrabble, up-from-the-boot-straps type of book.

    Dr. Books’ ultimate suggestion is “Educated” by Tara Westover. But the good doctor pairs her final pick with some outstanding, aspirational memoir genre-type runner-ups.
    So, if you’re a reader who’s heart swells when reading about the triumph of the human spirit, then this episode of Book Wise is most definitely for you!

    Books mentioned:
    • “Educated” by Tara Westover
    • “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls
    • “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” by Wes Moore

    Unlock unlimited learning for your team. Learn more at bookclub.com.

    • 8 min
    5 Must-Read Books on Queerness as a Revolutionary Act ft. @jpreads6

    5 Must-Read Books on Queerness as a Revolutionary Act ft. @jpreads6

    On this episode, Britt Brewer welcomes popular BookTok influencer John-Paul Kunrunmi (@jpreads6) to discuss groundbreaking titles on queerness by some of the most thought-provoking BIPOC authors of our time.

    What did bell hooks have to say about queerness? Is being queer really a revolutionary act? And what does sex have to do with politics? Britt and John-Paul open up about their own experiences, contemplate climbing Mount Everest, and even summon the voice of wisdom from none other than James Baldwin.

    Tune in for some vulnerable real talk that will bring you a new perspective on queerness that you can bring to your work and community at large.

    Books mentioned:
    • “Revolutionary Acts: Love & Brotherhood in Black Gay Britain” by Jason Okundaye
    • “Punch Me Up to the Gods” by Brian Broome
    • “The Sex Lives of African Women” by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
    • “In the Shadow of the Mountain” by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado
    • “Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin

    Unlock unlimited learning for your team. Learn more at bookclub.com.

    • 19 min
    Michelle Obama's "Becoming": The Most Popular First Lady Memoir Ever

    Michelle Obama's "Becoming": The Most Popular First Lady Memoir Ever

    In this exciting first edition of “Paging Dr. Books,” host Britt Brewer A.K.A “Dr. Books” opens up the request line to a book-loving caller on the hunt for an inspirational read.

    You can probably surmise from the name of the episode what title Dr. Books will ultimately recommend. However, before we delve into the Becoming of it all, let Dr. Books guide you through a tour of some thought-provoking, noteworthy books that standout in the First Lady Memoir genre.

    So, sharpen your pencil and dust off that pad — ’cause Dr. Books is in the house, and she’s ready to recommend your next favorite book!

    Books mentioned:
    • “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
    • “Living History,” “Hard Choices,” and “What Happened” by Hillary Clinton
    • “The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt” by Eleanor Roosevelt
    • “The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant” by Julia Dent Grant
    • “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty” by Susan Page

    Unlock unlimited learning for your team. Learn more at bookclub.com.

    • 12 min
    5 Must-Read Books for Aspiring Entrepreneurs ft. Degreed CEO David Blake

    5 Must-Read Books for Aspiring Entrepreneurs ft. Degreed CEO David Blake

    On this episode, Britt Brewer sits down with the CEO of Degreed and Founder of BookClub, David Blake, to discuss the 5 books that defined his career, and helped to ignite his entrepreneurial spirit.
    The two engage in a wide-ranging discussion covering everything from polarizing tech disrupters, to late 90s alt-rock, to the very essence of human development and learning. And, yup, you guessed it: they also trade questionable JFK impressions.
    So if you’re curious to learn the essential reading list of a successful entrepreneur, disrupter, founder, and leader — this Book Wise ep is most definitely for you.
    Books mentioned:• “Successful Intelligence: How Practical and Creative Intelligence Determine Success in Life” by Robert Sternberg• “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz• “Profiles in Courage” by John F. Kennedy• “The Millionaire Next Door: The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy” by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko• “Elon Musk” by Walter Isaacson
    Sources:Audio clip featuring Walter Isaacson's Elon Musk commentary: The Diary of a CEO podcast
    Unlock unlimited learning for your team. Learn more at bookclub.com.

    • 25 min

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