The Soulmate Experience

The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide to Creating Extraordinary Relationships, Joe Dunn and Mali Apple (2011, read 2012) “Your beliefs create your experience.” This was another good relationship book, but nothing cosmic. Still, it’s worth reviewing annually or semi-annually with a willing partner. I also liked it for its overall view on life, where your […]

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body Jo Marchant (2016)

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body Jo Marchant (2016) “AS INDIVIDUALS, rather than putting our faith in mystical rituals and practices, the science described in this book shows that in many situations, we have the capacity to influence our own health by harnessing the power of the (conscious and unconscious) mind.” […]

The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science (TED Books), Siddhartha Mukherjee, 2015

The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science (TED Books), Siddhartha Mukherjee, 2015 “Is medicine a science?” ““Doctors,” Voltaire wrote, “are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.”” I read this book because of a […]

Food Rules & In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto Michael Pollan, 2008-2009

Food Rules , 2009 & In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, 2008 Michael Pollan I have a theory that a writer’s second book, which is what this one is for me, is the most difficult to write and the most revealing to read. To borrow a metaphor from geometry, a first book is like […]

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, 2015

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari, 2015 The best history book I’ve ever read. In his first of four sections, on the cognitive revolution, Harari traces humans past their success out-competing other hominid species. Whether deliberately or proximally (and likely both), we eliminated all our competitors. This revolution came about perhaps because […]

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, A. J. Jacobs, 2008

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, A. J. Jacobs “A friend of mine said that even observing the Sabbath might be breaking the Sabbath, since my job is to follow the Bible. That gave me a two-hour headache.” Almost certainly the best religious book […]

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Mary Roach (2013)

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Mary Roach (2013) Mary Roach’s Gulp was everything I’d hoped for, and a wonderful book for me to read. To call it interesting would be a massive disservice – the content is rich in story, wild yet grounded facts, and prose colorful enough to stimulate any sense while reading. […]

Language Intelligence, Joseph J Romm (2012)

Language Intelligence: Lessons on persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga, Joseph J Romm (2012) “If facts were sufficient to persuade people, then experts in science would rule the world. But facts are not, and scientists do not.” “If you want to avoid being seduced, learn the figures of seduction.” I read this book […]

The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg (2012)

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg (2012) Water, he said, is the most apt analogy for how a habit works. Water “hollows out for itself a channel, which grows broader and deeper; and, after having ceased to flow, it resumes, when it flows again, the […]