On Books is a podcast about books. Think of it as a two-person book club — or a series of thirty-minute audiobooks. Each week on the show Chris Castiglione brings you a new book. Highlights include: Mating in Captivity, Sapiens, Sex at Dawn, Letters to a Young Poet, Educated, How Not to Die, Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Zero Waste Home, The Artist's Way, Conscious Capitalism, Blink, as well as exclusive interviews with Neil Strauss, Haruki Murakami, Kevin Kelly, Peter Singer and more.
The Overstory by Richard Powers
In this episode, I'm reading the entire first chapter of The Overstory (2018) a novel by Richard Powers. In 2019, The Overstory won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
The Overstory is a book about man's relationship to nature, as seen through the eyes of trees. In this reading, you'll hear the story of the Jorgen Hoel, who in the mid-1800s moves from Brooklyn to Iowa; starts a family, and happens to plant (what will become) one of the last remaining Chestnut Trees in America.
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
Personally, I feel burdened by the daily overproduction of knowledge. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach: I consume countless articles and podcasts, but I can never fully digest it all. Can someone please just tell me what to pay attention to?
I really loved this book. 5 stars! All the way. I hope you enjoy it too. In this episode, I read from the book, share some highlights and added context to make sure that you love 21 Lessons as much as I do.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?
Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.
In this episode Chris brings you his top highlights from Sapiens.
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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Habit - a decision you made at some point. And then stopped making, but continue acting upon.
In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg brings us scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter at The New York Times, where he writes for the business section. You can follow him on Twitter @cduhigg.
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Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken by Lordo Rinzler
Buddhism has a lot to say about suffering—and there are likely few times we suffer more intensely than when we break up with a romantic partner. It feels like you may never recover sometimes. But Lodro Rinzler has wonderfully good news for those suffering heartbreak: the 2,500-year-old teachings of the Buddha are the ultimate antidote for emotional pain. And you don’t need to be a Buddhist for them to apply to you.
This week on the show I chat with Mark Katakowski and Steven Clausnitzer of ForeverLabs. ForeverLabs is a Y Combinator company that helps people live longer by offering stem cell banking and storage. In this episode, we'll chat talk about the book that inspired Mark and Steven to start the project...
Just in time...
Just bought you book that was reviewed “ Heartbreck”. Excellent timing. Namaste
Although the book may not have a gender bias, the reviewer does. He states that for “Most people” going to work is a big portion of your time, in answer to tHe question “ what thing do you wake up every day looking to accomplish?”
He goes on to say that “most people” going to work is in order to make money, right?
This leaves out the large number of care givers to children (the sick, the elderly) which is largely unpaid or underpaid, and often performed by women.
I don’t need to listen to such bias on a podcast.
Great podcast series that covers a diverse selection of books! Very enjoyable and interesting episodes.