Recommendations

  • How to Change Your Mind

    How to Change Your Mind

    How to Change Your Mind

    Michael Pollan
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4.19 (60,738)

    When lsd was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists and doctors as if the world might be on the cusp of psychological revolution. it promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consciousness, as well as offer relief to addicts and the mentally ill. but in the 1960s, with the vicious backlash against the counter-culture, all further research was banned. in recent years, however, work has quietly begun again on the amazing potential of lsd, psilocybin and dmt. could these drugs in fact improve the

    Tim Ferriss

    One of my favorite books of the last five years.

    Apr 9, 2020 — Source

  • Letters to a Young Poet

    Letters to a Young Poet

    Letters to a Young Poet

    Franz Xaver Kappus,Rainer Maria Rilke,Reginald Snell
    Literary Collections
    4.3 (63,354)

    In 1903, a student at a military academy sent some of his verses to a well-known austrian poet, requesting an assessment of their value. the older artist, rainer maria rilke (1875–1926), replied to the novice in this series of letters—an amazing archive of remarkable insights into the ideas behind rilke's greatest poetry. the ten letters reproduced here were written during an important stage in rilke's artistic development, and they contain many of the themes that later appeared in his best works. the poet himself afterwards stated that his letters contained

    Tim Ferriss

    A very powerful book that I recommend to everyone, as a side note.

    May 3, 2018 — Source

  • The Neverending Story

    The Neverending Story

    The Neverending Story

    Michael Ende,Ralph Manheim,Roswitha Quadflieg
    Juvenile Fiction
    4.16 (185,828)

    This epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide since it was first published. its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself. the story begins with a lonely boy named bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of fantastica. only a human can save this enchanted place by giving its ruler, the childlike empress, a new name. but the journey to her tower leads through lands

    Tim Ferriss

    That was my favorite book growing up for three or four years in elementary school.

    Feb 8, 2017 — Source

  • Awareness

    Awareness

    Awareness

    Anthony De Mello,J. Francis Stroud
    Religion
    4.24 (12,247)

    The heart of anthony de mello's bestselling spiritual message is awareness. mixing christian spirituality, buddhist parables, hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de mello's words of hope come together in awareness in a grand synthesis.in short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: we must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. and this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace.here, then, is a masterful

    Tim Ferriss

    This short book has completely captured me.

    Dec 9, 2019 — Source

  • Bird by Bird

    Bird by Bird

    Bird by Bird

    Anne Lamott
    Language Arts & Disciplines
    4.22 (86,201)

    An essential volume for generations of writers young and old, Bird by Bird is a modern classic. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition will continue to spark creative minds for years to come. For a quarter century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. Advice that begins with the simple words of wisdom passed down from Anne’s father—also a writer—in the iconic passage that gives the book its title: “Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’”

    Tim Ferriss

    Fantastic book.

    Dec 5, 2016 — Source

  • The Art of Asking

    The Art of Asking

    The Art of Asking

    Amanda Palmer
    Self-Help
    3.9 (36,406)

    FOREWORD BY BRENE BROWN and POSTSCRIPT FROM BRAIN PICKINGS CREATOR MARIA POPOVA Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world's most successful music Kickstarter. Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn't alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING. Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.

    Tim Ferriss

    I was so inspired by the book.

    Mar 30, 2015 — Source

  • Extreme Ownership

    Extreme Ownership

    Extreme Ownership

    Instaread Summaries
    Business & Economics
    4.28 (130)

    Extreme ownership by jocko willink and leif babin | key takeaways, analysis & review :extreme ownership by jocko willink and leif babin is a guide to applying leadership principles of the united states navy’s sea, air, and land teams (seals) to business. at the center of the strategies that willink and babin illustrate is taking complete responsibility for everything in which all leaders are involved… inside this instaread of extreme ownership: overview of the book important people key takeaways analysis of key takeaways about the author with instaread, you can

    Tim Ferriss

    I've been loving.

    Sep 25, 2015 — Source

  • Simple and Direct

    Simple and Direct

    Simple and Direct

    Jacques Barzun
    Reference
    3.92 (255)

    After a lifetime of writing and editing prose, jacques barzun has set down his view of the best ways to improve one's style. his discussions of diction, syntax, tone, meaning, composition, and revision guide the reader through the technique of making the written word clear and agreeable to read. exercises, model passages both literary and casual, and hundreds of amusing examples of usage gone wrong show how to choose the right path to self-expression in forceful and distinctive words.

    Tim Ferriss

    Great advice and a great book.

    Aug 2, 2007 — Source

  • Little, Big

    Little, Big

    Little, Big

    John Crowley
    Fiction
    3.82 (10,307)

    John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood—not found on any map—to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss; of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder.

    Tim Ferriss

    One of the best novels I've ever read.

    May 28, 2020 — Source

  • The Art of Spirited Away

    The Art of Spirited Away

    The Art of Spirited Away

    Alvin Lu,Hayao Miyazaki,Yuji Oniki
    Performing Arts
    4.54 (3,630)

    The art of spirited away collects color illustrations of spirited away (sen to chihiro no kamikakushi) for the first time in an english edition! this book includes paintings and designs from the new animated film from the director of kiki's delivery service and princess mononoke.large-size, hardcover coffee-table book featuring artwork from the renowned animated film, spirited away, directed by hayao miyazaki. features commentary, color stills, sketches, storyboards, and illustrations used to envision the rich fantasy world of the film. also includes a complete english-language script.

    Tim Ferriss

    This book is awe-inspiring and shows the depth of world-creation.

    May 17, 2019 — Source

  • COAN The Man, The Myth, The Method

    COAN The Man, The Myth, The Method

    COAN The Man, The Myth, The Method

    Marty Gallagher
    4.15 (54)

    Coan the man, the myth, the method, chronicles the life of the greatest powerlifter of all-time, ed coan. follow along as this book presents the personal life, competitive career, training philosophies, and some miscellaneous ramblings relevant to understand the mindset of this champion. this book will entertain you and challenge you to push yourself harder in your everyday life or athletic endeavors. never before has the world seen the lifts that coan produced. his simple and methodical approach gives testament to his laser sharp focus and mental ability to achieve

    Tim Ferriss

    This is a fucking great book.

    Jul 12, 2017 — Source

  • The Checklist Manifesto

    The Checklist Manifesto

    The Checklist Manifesto

    Atul Gawande
    4.02 (58,941)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. longer training, ever more advanced technologies‚neither seems to prevent grievous errors. but in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer atul gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.first introduced decades ago by the u.s. air force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses

    Tim Ferriss

    We use a lot of checklists and there is a great book.

    Oct 9, 2014 — Source

  • On Writing Well

    On Writing Well

    On Writing Well

    William Zinsser
    4.23 (25,192)

    On writing well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. it is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the internet. whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, on writing well offers you fundamental priciples as well as

    Tim Ferriss

    I have read this book more than a dozen times, more often for thinking than for writing.

    Aug 2, 2007 — Source

  • Levels of the Game

    Levels of the Game

    Levels of the Game

    John McPhee
    Sports & Recreation
    4.25 (2,105)

    This account of a tennis match played by arthur ashe against clark graebner at forest hills in 1968 begins with the ball rising into the air for the initial serve and ends with the final point. mcphee provides a brilliant, stroke-by-stroke description while examining the backgrounds and attitudes which have molded the players' games.

    Tim Ferriss

    Personal favorite book.

    Dec 11, 2014 — Source

  • Open

    Open

    Open

    Andre Agassi,J.R. Moehringer
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.24 (98,311)

    From andre agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography.agassi’s incredibly rigorous training begins when he is just a child. by the age of thirteen, he is banished to a florida tennis camp that feels like a prison camp. lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. he dyes his hair, pierces his ears, dresses like a punk rocker. by the time

    Tim Ferriss

    One of the Best.

    Oct 15, 2014 — Source

  • The Graveyard Book

    The Graveyard Book

    The Graveyard Book

    Dave McKean,Neil Gaiman
    Young Adult Fiction
    4.13 (487,719)

    Nobody owens, known to his friends as bod, is a perfectly normal boy. well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the world of the dead.there are dangers and adventures for bod in the graveyard: the strange and terrible menace of the sleer; a gravestone entrance to a desert that leads to the city of ghouls; friendship with a witch, and so much more.but it

    Tim Ferriss

    Still the best audiobook I've ever heard.

    Jun 27, 2013 — Source

  • Delivering Happiness

    Delivering Happiness

    Delivering Happiness

    Tony Hsieh
    Business & Economics
    4.02 (69,306)

    You want to learn about the path that we took at zappos to get to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales in less than ten years. you want to learn about the path i took that eventually led me to zappos, and the lessons i learned along the way. you want to learn from all the mistakes we made at zappos over the years so that your business can avoid making some of the same ones. you want to figure out the right balance of profits, passion, and purpose

    Tim Ferriss

    The book is phenomenal.

    Mar 24, 2010 — Source

  • "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    Richard P. Feynman
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.25 (181,399)

    A new york times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary american original.richard feynman, winner of the nobel prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with einstein and bohr and ideas on gambling with nick the greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. in short, here is feynman's life in all its

    Tim Ferriss

    One of my favorite books.

    Aug 18, 2015 — Source

  • Plants of the Gods

    Plants of the Gods

    Plants of the Gods

    Albert Hofmann,Christian Ratsch,Richard Evans Schultes
    Health & Fitness
    4.37 (1,261)

    World-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist christian ratsch provides the latest scientific updates to this classic work on psychoactive flora by two eminent researchers. • numerous new and rare color photographs complement the completely revised and updated text. • explores the uses of hallucinogenic plants in shamanic rituals throughout the world. • cross-referenced by plant, illness, preparation, season of collection, and chemical constituents. three scientific titans join forces to completely revise the classic text on the ritual uses of psychoactive plants. they provide a fascinating testimony of these "plants of the gods,"

    Tim Ferriss

    A fantastic book.

    Dec 6, 2018 — Source

  • The Healing Journey - New Approaches to Consciousness

    The Healing Journey - New Approaches to Consciousness

    The Healing Journey - New Approaches to Consciousness

    Claudio Naranjo
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    3.95 (22)

    In this remarkable book, chilean-american psychiatrist claudio naranjo takes us on a scientific adventure through his groundbreaking research into new experiential methods of psychotherapy facilitated by psychedelic substances. the healing journey reveals these consciousness-expanding compounds to be fascinating therapeutic tools that are now—40 years after the original publication—gaining wider recognition in western clinical and academic circles.this book takes an in-depth look at the spiritual and psychotherapeutic potential of the amphetamine derivatives mda and mmda, harmaline (the active compound in ayahuasca), and ibogaine. to distinguish them from classical psychedelics such as

    Tim Ferriss

    A fantastic book.

    Nov 22, 2019 — Source

  • The Moth Presents All These Wonders

    The Moth Presents All These Wonders

    The Moth Presents All These Wonders

    Catherine Burns,Neil Gaiman
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.44 (6,877)

    Carefully selected by the creative minds at the moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, all these wonders features voices both familiar and new. alongside louis c.k., tig notaro, john turturro, and meg wolitzer, readers will encounter: an astronomer gazing at the surface of pluto for the first time, an afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family, a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a one-hit wonder, a young female spy risking everything as part of churchill's

    Tim Ferriss

    One of my favorites.

    Apr 12, 2019 — Source

  • Joy on Demand

    Joy on Demand

    Joy on Demand

    Chade-Meng Tan
    Self-Help
    3.94 (1,961)

    In joy on demand, meng shows that you don’t need to meditate for hours, days, months or years to achieve lasting joy—you can actually get consistent access to it in as little as 15 seconds. explaining joy and meditation as complementary things that naturally reinforce each other, meng explains how these two skills form a virtuous cycle, and once put into motion, become a solid practice that can be sustained in daily life. for many years, meditation has been taught and practiced in cultures where almost all meditators practice full-time

    Tim Ferriss

    A fantastic book.

    Jan 24, 2019 — Source

  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

    The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

    The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

    Aaron Asher,Milan Kundera,Serena Vitale
    Fiction
    3.98 (43,590)

    Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, the book of laughter and forgetting is the novel that brought milan kundera his first big international success in the late 1970's. like all his work, it is valuable for far more than just its historical implications. in seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analyzed and experienced.

    Tim Ferriss

    I literally just finished it yesterday and its sitting on my table.

    Nov 21, 2017 — Source

  • The Power of Habit

    The Power of Habit

    The Power of Habit

    Charles Duhigg
    Self-Help
    4.12 (417,903)

    A young woman walks into a laboratory. over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. she has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. the patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.marketers at procter & gamble study videos of people making their beds. they are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern—and

    Tim Ferriss

    A very good book on this type.

    Aug 18, 2015 — Source

  • Consciousness Medicine

    Consciousness Medicine

    Consciousness Medicine

    Françoise Bourzat,Kristina Hunter
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4.15 (208)

    "Recent research into the healing potential of psychedelic substances has sparked a resurgence of interest in LSD, mushrooms, and other mind-expanding psychotropic substances. Yet without adequate preparation and counseling during and after the use of psychedelics, much of the transformative potential of these experiences is lost. This book provides clear guidance for people using psychedelics and other transformational processes for healing or for their spiritual development, as well as for the therapists who are guiding them along the journey. Written equally for counselors and for clients, Consciousness Medicine provides a therapeutic framework that author Franðcoise Bourzat developed combining psychotherapy with 35 years of fieldwork among the Mazatec people of Mexico, who have a long tradition of taking psychedelics as medicine. The book guides the reader through preparation, setting intentions and goals, and the different types of experience one may have in an expanded state of consciousness, as well as guidance on how a trained counselor can best support someone through these states. The book then explores the art of integration--the application of the wisdom gained from such experiences into daily life--and how a guide or therapist can support the full integration of a journey after it is over. Enhanced by Franðcoise's personal stories along with accounts of clients, the book builds a powerful case for a holistic view of non-ordinary reality and concludes with a heartfelt argument that modern psychotherapy include expanded states of consciousness in earnest"--Provided by publisher.

    Tim Ferriss

    Highly recommended for anyone interested in this work.

    Jun 28, 2019 — Source

  • The Art of Memoir

    The Art of Memoir

    The Art of Memoir

    Mary Karr
    Language Arts & Disciplines
    4.12 (6,330)

    Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, mary karr’s the liars’ club spent more than a year at the top of the new york times list. she followed with two other smash bestsellers: cherry and lit, which were critical hits as well.for thirty years karr has also taught the form, winning graduate teaching prizes for her highly selective seminar at syracuse, where she mentored such future hit authors as cheryl strayed, keith gessen, and koren zailckas. in the art of memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient,

    Tim Ferriss

    Highly recommended if you work with the written word in any capacity.

    May 24, 2019 — Source

  • The Obstacle Is the Way

    The Obstacle Is the Way

    The Obstacle Is the Way

    Ryan Holiday
    Conduct of life
    4.14 (57,487)

    We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. but it needn’t be this way. there is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from john d. rockefeller to amelia earhart to ulysses s. grant to steve jobs—a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.these men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. their success came from timeless philosophical principles laid down by a roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in

    Tim Ferriss

    It has helped me to turn problems upside-down, become the calm within the storm, and even uncover unique opportunities.

    May 8, 2014 — Source

  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

    How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

    How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

    Dale Carnegie
    4.14 (91,576)

    The book 'how to stop worrying & start living' suggest many ways to conquer worry and lead a wonderful life.the book mentions fundamental facts to know about worry and magic formula for solving worry-some situations.psychologists & doctors' view:-worry can make even the most stolid person ill.-worry may cause nervous breakdown.-worry can even cause tooth decay-worry is one of the factors for high blood pressure.-worry makes you tense and nervous and affect the nerves of your stomach.the book suggests basic techniques in analysing worry, step by step, in order to cope

    Tim Ferriss

    This book is surprisingly sophisticated. It offers an entire toolkit for exactly this. It's very, very powerful.

    Dec 20, 2017 — Source

  • Blue Ocean Strategy

    Blue Ocean Strategy

    Blue Ocean Strategy

    Renée Mauborgne,W. Chan Kim
    3.98 (64,313)

    This international bestseller challenges everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success.since the dawn of the industrial age, companies have engaged in head-to-head competition in search of sustained, profitable growth. they have fought for competitive advantage, battled over market share, and struggled for differentiation. yet, as this influential and immensely popular book shows, these hallmarks of competitive strategy are not the way to create profitable growth in the future.in the international bestseller blue ocean strategy, w. chan kim and renee mauborgne argue that cutthroat competition results in

    Tim Ferriss

    Be different, not just better.

    May 18, 2016 — Source

  • Liar's Poker

    Liar's Poker

    Liar's Poker

    Michael Lewis
    Bonds
    4.14 (90,615)

    The time was the 1980s. the place was wall street. the game was called liar’s poker. michael lewis was fresh out of princeton and the london school of economics when he landed a job at salomon brothers, one of wall street’s premier investment firms. during the next three years, lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush. liar’s poker is the culmination of those heady, frenzied years—a behind-the-scenes look at a unique and turbulent time in

    Tim Ferriss

    It's a very exciting book.

    May 1, 2020 — Source

  • Lying

    Lying

    Lying

    Sam Harris
    Philosophy
    3.87 (17,310)

    Tim Ferriss

    A great book.

    Dec 26, 2016 — Source

  • Grit

    Grit

    Grit

    Angela Duckworth,จารุจรรย์ คงมีสุข
    Business & Economics
    4.06 (93,991)

    In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist angela duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called grit.why do some people succeed and others fail? sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, angela duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.drawing on her own powerful story

    Tim Ferriss

    I highly recommend the book

    Oct 12, 2016 — Source

  • On Grief and Grieving

    On Grief and Grieving

    On Grief and Grieving

    David Kessler,Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
    Family & Relationships
    4.32 (2,767)

    Ten years after the death of elisabeth kübler-ross, this commemorative edition of her final book combines practical wisdom, case studies, and the authors’ own experiences and spiritual insight to explain how the process of grieving helps us live with loss. includes a new introduction and resources section.elisabeth kübler-ross's on death and dying changed the way we talk about the end of life. before her own death in 2004, she and david kessler completed on grief and grieving, which looks at the way we experience the process of grief. just as

    Tim Ferriss

    This is a book that was recommended to me by Matt Mullenweg after he lost his father.

    Nov 7, 2019 — Source

  • Save the Cat

    Save the Cat

    Save the Cat

    Blake Snyder
    4.05 (15,108)

    This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!

    Tim Ferriss

    A very helpful book as a starting point when thinking of screenwriting.

     — Source

  • Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin

    Walter Isaacson
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.01 (128,775)

    Benjamin franklin is the founding father who winks at us. an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings, he seems made of flesh rather than of marble. in bestselling author walter isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why franklin seems to turn to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. by bringing franklin to life, isaacson shows how he helped to define both his own time and ours.he was, during his 84-year life,

    Tim Ferriss

    Most recommended biographies

    Oct 14, 2017 — Source

  • Stories of Your Life and Others

    Stories of Your Life and Others

    Stories of Your Life and Others

    Ted Chiang
    Fiction
    4.23 (82,624)

    Ted chiang's first published story, "tower of babylon," won the nebula award in 1990. subsequent stories have won the asimov's sf magazine reader poll, a second nebula award, the theodore sturgeon memorial award, and the sidewise award for alternate history. he won the john w. campbell award for best new writer in 1992. story for story, he is the most honored young writer in modern sf.now, collected here for the first time are all seven of this extraordinary writer's stories so far-plus an eighth story written especially for this volume.what

    Tim Ferriss

    Previously recommended short stories book.

    Sep 27, 2019 — Source

  • How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

    How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

    How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

    Mohsin Hamid
    Asia
    3.81 (20,336)

    From the internationally bestselling author of the reluctant fundamentalist, the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy's quest for wealth and love. his first two novels established mohsin hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his finger on the world's pulse. how to get filthy rich in rising asia meets that reputation, and exceeds it. the astonishing and riveting tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over "rising asia." it follows

    Tim Ferriss

    A fun novel.

    Dec 22, 2016 — Source

  • Payoff

    Payoff

    Payoff

    Dan Ariely
    Psychology
    3.71 (4,428)

    Bestselling author dan ariely reveals fascinating new insights into motivation--showing that the subject is far more complex than we ever imagined. every day we work hard to motivate ourselves, the people we live with, the people who work for and do business with us. in this way, much of what we do can be defined as being "motivators." from the boardroom to the living room, our role as motivators is complex, and the more we try to motivate partners and children, friends and coworkers, the clearer it becomes that the

    Tim Ferriss

    Found this book to be very compelling and actionable.

    Sep 6, 2019 — Source

  • Letters from a Stoic

    Letters from a Stoic

    Letters from a Stoic

    Robin Campbell,Seneca
    Philosophy
    4.35 (26,830)

    The power and wealth which seneca the younger (c.4 b.c. - a.d. 65) acquired as nero's minister were in conflict with his stoic beliefs. nevertheless he was the outstanding figure of his age. the stoic philosophy which seneca professed in his writings, later supported by marcus aurelius, provided rome with a passable bridge to christianity. seneca's major contribution to stoicism was to spiritualize and humanize a system which could appear cold and unrealistic.selected from the epistulae morales ad lucilium, these letters illustrate the upright ideals admired by the stoics and

    Tim Ferriss

    One of the top 5 must read books.

    Jun 1, 2009 — Source

  • Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

    Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

    Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

    John Wood
    Business & Economics
    4.09 (4,442)

    John wood discovered his passion, his greatest success, and his life's work—not at business school or leading microsoft's charge into asia in the 1990s—but on a soul-searching trip to the himalayas. wood felt trapped between an all-consuming career and a desire to do something lasting and significant. stressed from the demands of his job, he took a vacation trekking in nepal because a friend had told him, "if you get high enough in the mountains, you can't hear steve ballmer yelling at you anymore."instead of being the antidote to the

    Tim Ferriss

    One of the top 5 must read books.

    Jun 1, 2009 — Source

  • Motherless Brooklyn

    Motherless Brooklyn

    Motherless Brooklyn

    Jonathan Lethem
    Fiction
    3.87 (38,868)

    Lionel essrog is brooklyn’s very own self-appointed human freakshow, an orphan whose tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in the most startling and original ways. together with three veterans of the st. vincent’s home for boys, he works for small-time mobster frank minna’s limo service cum detective agency. life without frank minna, the charismatic king of brooklyn, would be unimaginable, so who cares if the tasks he sets them are, well, not exactly legal. but when frank is fatally stabbed, one of lionel’s colleagues

    Tim Ferriss

    Included in his top 10 fiction books for non-fiction addicts.

    Feb 24, 2012 — Source

  • The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

    The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

    The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

    Al Ries,Jack Trout
    Marketing
    4.04 (19,048)

    There are laws of nature, so why shouldn't there be laws of marketing?as al ries and jack trout—the world-renowned marketing consultants and bestselling authors of positioning—note, you can build an impressive airplane, but it will never leave the ground if you ignore the laws of physics, especially gravity. why then, they ask, shouldn't there also be laws of marketing that must be followed to launch and maintain winning brands? in the 22 immutable laws of marketing, ries and trout offer a compendium of twenty-two innovative rules for understanding and succeeding

    Tim Ferriss

    One of the top 5 must read books.

    Jun 1, 2009 — Source

  • We Learn Nothing

    We Learn Nothing

    We Learn Nothing

    Tim Kreider
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.16 (4,457)

    In we learn nothing, satirical cartoonist tim kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: what if you survive a brush with death and it doesn’t change you? why do we fall in love with people we don’t even like? what do you do when a friend becomes obsessed with a political movement and won’t let you ignore it? how do you react when someone you’ve known for years unexpectedly changes genders? irreverent yet earnest, he shares

    Tim Ferriss

    One of the few books in the Tim Ferriss Book Club.

    Nov 8, 2019 — Source

  • I Wrote This Book Because I Love You

    I Wrote This Book Because I Love You

    I Wrote This Book Because I Love You

    Tim Kreider
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.23 (1,172)

    *A People Top 10 Book of 2018* The New York Times essayist and author of We Learn Nothing, Tim Kreider trains his singular power of observation on his (often befuddling) relationships with women. Psychologists have told him he’s a psychologist. Philosophers have told him he’s a philosopher. Religious groups have invited him to speak. He had a cult following as a cartoonist. But, above all else, Tim Kreider is an essayist—one whose deft prose, uncanny observations, dark humor, and emotional vulnerability have earned him deserved comparisons to David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, and the late David Foster Wallace (who was himself a fan of Kreider’s humor). “Beautifully written, with just enough humor to balance his spikiness” (Booklist), I Wrote This Book Because I Love You focuses Tim’s unique perception and wit on his relationships with women—romantic, platonic, and the murky in-between. He talks about his difficulty finding lasting love and seeks to understand his commitment issues by tracking down the John Hopkins psychologist who tested him for a groundbreaking study on attachment when he was a toddler. He talks about his valued female friendships, one of which landed him on a circus train bound for Mexico. He talks about his time teaching young women at an upstate New York college, and the profound lessons they wound up teaching him. And in a hugely popular essay that originally appeared in The New York Times, he talks about his nineteen-year-old cat, wondering if it’s the most enduring relationship he’ll ever have. “In a style reminiscent of Orwell, E.B. White and David Sedaris” (The New York Times Book Review), each of these pieces is “heartbreaking, brutal, and hilarious” (Judd Apatow), and collectively they cement Kreider’s place among the best essayists working today.

    Tim Ferriss

    One of the few books in the Tim Ferriss Book Club.

    Nov 8, 2019 — Source

  • Dune

    Dune

    Dune

    Frank Herbert
    Fiction
    4.24 (1,014,265)

    Set on the desert planet arrakis, dune is the story of the boy paul atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for...when house atreides is betrayed, the destruction of paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. and as he evolves into the mysterious

    Tim Ferriss

    Included in his top 10 fiction books for non-fiction addicts.

    Feb 24, 2012 — Source

  • Musashi

    Musashi

    Musashi

    Charles S. Terry,Edwin O. Reischauer,Eiji Yoshikawa
    Fiction
    4.47 (16,995)

    The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. musashi is a novel in the best tradition of japanese story telling. it is a living story, subtle and imaginative, teeming with memorable characters, many of them historical. interweaving themes of unrequited love, misguided revenge, filial piety and absolute dedication to the way of the samurai, it depicts vividly a world westerners know only vaguely.

    Tim Ferriss

    Included in his top 10 fiction books for non-fiction addicts.

    Feb 24, 2012 — Source

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    Junot Díaz
    Fiction
    3.89 (246,273)

    Things have never been easy for oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick dominican ghetto nerd. from his home in new jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, oscar dreams of becoming the dominican j. r. r. tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. but he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukœ—the curse that has haunted the oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is

    Tim Ferriss

    Included in his top 10 fiction books for non-fiction addicts.

    Feb 24, 2012 — Source

  • Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury
    Fiction
    3.98 (1,961,406)

    Guy montag is a fireman. his job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” but when he meets an eccentric young neighbor, clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books

    Tim Ferriss

    Included in his top 10 fiction books for non-fiction addicts.

    Feb 24, 2012 — Source

  • Don't Shoot the Dog!

    Don't Shoot the Dog!

    Don't Shoot the Dog!

    Karen Pryor
    Behavior modification
    4.26 (5,322)

    Originally published entitled: don't shoot the dog!: how to improve yourself and others through behavioral training, new york: simon and schuster, 1984.

    Tim Ferriss

    The way you should think about this is behavioral modification and conditioning.

    Nov 14, 2016 — Source

  • Secrets of Power Negotiating
    Tim Ferriss

    One of the suggested book.

    Jun 15, 2016 — Source

  • Tribe

    Tribe

    Tribe

    Sebastian Junger
    Social Science
    4 (38,711)

    Sebastian junger, the bestselling author of war and the perfect storm, takes a critical look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the many challenges today’s returning veterans face in modern society.there are ancient tribal human behaviors-loyalty, inter-reliance, cooperation-that flare up in communities during times of turmoil and suffering. these are the very same behaviors that typify good soldiering and foster a sense of belonging among troops, whether they’re fighting on the front lines or engaged in non-combat activities away from the action. drawing from history, psychology, and anthropology, bestselling author sebastian

    Tim Ferriss

    I read in about a day and a half.

    May 22, 2016 — Source

  • Getting Past No

    Getting Past No

    Getting Past No

    William Ury
    Business & Economics
    3.93 (5,885)

    We all want to get to yes, but what happens when the other person keeps saying no? how can you negotiate successfully with a stubborn boss, an irate customer, or a deceitful coworker?in getting past no, william ury of harvard law school’s program on negotiation offers a proven breakthrough strategy for turning adversaries into negotiating partners. you’ll learn how to:• stay in control under pressure• defuse anger and hostility• find out what the other side really wants• counter dirty tricks• use power to bring the other side back to the

    Tim Ferriss

    Recommended by Tim for teaching.

     — Source

  • A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods

    Bill Bryson
    Travel
    4.05 (373,773)

    The appalachian trail stretches from georgia to maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in america—majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. if you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. and bill bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. he introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way—and a couple of bears. already a classic, a walk in the woods will make you long

    Tim Ferriss

    Mention the book as reference.

    Dec 16, 2016 — Source

  • In Praise of Shadows

    In Praise of Shadows

    In Praise of Shadows

    Charles Moore,Edward G. Seidensticker,Jun'ichirō Tanizaki,Thomas J. Harper
    Aesthetics
    4.08 (15,828)

    Tim Ferriss

    The first time that this book has ever come up on the podcast.

    Dec 23, 2019 — Source

  • Rework

    Rework

    Rework

    David Heinemeier Hansson,Jason Fried
    Business & Economics
    3.96 (152,733)

    Most business books give you the same old advice: write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. if you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're better off ignoring the competition. the truth is, you need less than you think. you don't need to be a workaholic. you don't need to

    Tim Ferriss

    I encourage people to think of as an Elements of Style for building profitable businesses in a web-savvy world.

    Mar 8, 2010 — Source

  • The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    Tim Powers
    Negev
    3.92 (15,018)

    Brendan doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet william ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. but while attending a lecture given by samuel taylor coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in regency london, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.caught up in the intrigue between rival bands of beggars, pursued by egyptian sorcerers, and befriended by coleridge, doyle somehow survives and learns more about the mysterious ashbless than he could ever have

    Tim Ferriss

    He read the book

    Feb 15, 2019 — Source

  • Hansel and Gretel

    Hansel and Gretel

    Hansel and Gretel

    Lorenzo Mattotti,Neil Gaiman
    3.81 (8,129)

    Best-selling author neil gaiman and fine artist lorenzo mattotti join forces to create hansel & gretel, a stunning book that's at once as familiar as a dream and as evocative as a nightmare. mattotti's sweeping ink illustrations capture the terror and longing found in the classic brothers grimm fairy tale. gaiman crafts an original text filled with his signature wit and pathos that is sure to become a favorite of readers everywhere, young and old.

    Tim Ferriss

    He read the original book. Recommende to read before their kids read it.

    Feb 8, 2017 — Source

  • Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Charles T. Munger,Peter E. Kaufman
    Investments
    4.4 (8,049)

    Expanded third edition includes charlie's 2007 usc law school commencement address. edited by peter d. kaufman. brand new.

    Tim Ferriss

    Recommended on twitter

    Jun 28, 2017 — Source

  • Six Thinking Hats

    Six Thinking Hats

    Six Thinking Hats

    Edward de Bono
    Business & Economics
    3.72 (11,155)

    THE classic work about decision-making from the world-renowned writer and philosopher Edward de Bono Meetings are a crucial part of all our lives, but too often they go nowhere and waste valuable time. In Six Thinking Hats, Edward de Bono shows how meetings can be transformed to produce quick, decisive results every time. The Six Hats method is a devastatingly simple technique based on the brain's different modes of thinking. The intelligence, experience and information of everyone is harnessed to reach the right conclusions quickly. These principles fundamentally change the way you work and interact. They have been adopted by businesses and governments around the world to end conflict and confusion in favour of harmony and productivity.

    Tim Ferriss

    He mention the book for reference.

    Jul 11, 2016 — Source

  • Night Sky with Exit Wounds

    Night Sky with Exit Wounds

    Night Sky with Exit Wounds

    Ocean Vuong
    4.22 (21,350)

    Ocean vuong's first full-length collection aims straight for the perennial "big"—and very human—subjects of romance, family, memory, grief, war, and melancholia. none of these he allows to overwhelm his spirit or his poems, which demonstrate, through breath and cadence and unrepentant enthrallment, that a gentle palm on a chest can calm the fiercest hungers.

    Tim Ferriss

    It twists my brain. It's almost like mental yoga.

     — Source

  • Happy Money

    Happy Money

    Happy Money

    Elizabeth Dunn,Michael Norton
    Business & Economics
    3.69 (2,586)

    Two professors combine their fascinating and cutting-edge research in behavioral science to explain how money can buy happiness—if you follow five core principles of smart spending.most people recognize that they need professional advice on how to earn, save, and invest their money. when it comes to spending that money, most people just follow their intuitions. but scientific research shows that those intuitions are often wrong.happy money offers a tour of research on the science of spending, explaining how you can get more happiness for your money. authors elizabeth dunn and

    Tim Ferriss

    He read the book.

    Dec 29, 2016 — Source

  • Getting to Yes

    Getting to Yes

    Getting to Yes

    Bruce Patton,Roger Fisher,William Ury
    Business & Economics
    3.93 (69,038)

    Describes a method of negotiation that isolates problems, focuses on interests, creates new options, and uses objective criteria to help two parties reach an agreement amazon.com description: product description: since its original publication nearly thirty years ago, getting to yes has helped millions of people learn a better way to negotiate. one of the primary business texts of the modern era, it is based on the work of the harvard negotiation project, a group that deals with all levels of negotiation and conflict resolution. getting to yes offers a proven,

    Tim Ferriss

    Recommended book.

    Aug 27, 2018 — Source

  • Radical Acceptance

    Radical Acceptance

    Radical Acceptance

    Tara Brach
    Psychology
    4.12 (20,724)

    Combining the principles of psychotherapy with the teachings of Buddhism, this illuminating guide explains how to eliminate the personal conflicts and feelings of not being good enough that can cause such problems as addiction, overwork, and perfectionism, and how to develop balance, compassion, acceptance, self-healing, and a more fulfilling life. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

    Tim Ferriss

    Recommended book.

    Jul 31, 2015 — Source

  • The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read

    The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read

    The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read

    Daniel R. Solin
    Business & Economics
    3.69 (834)

    What Are You Waiting For? This book will change the way you think about investing-and the results will prove it! "This is the simple hands-on, how-to and why book many readers have been looking for." -Scott Burns, syndicated columnist Daniel Solin cuts through the financial hype to show you exactly how to invest-with an easy-to-follow four-step plan that lets you create and monitor your investment portfolio in ninety minutes or less...and put your investment earnings in the top 5 percent of all professionally managed money. If you want to gamble, go to Las Vegas-or try stock picking and market timing. If you want to be a Smart Investor, follow this effortless and effective plan. "The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read will provide the enlightenment and gumption to free yourself from the clutches of the investment industry and the wisdom and direction necessary to get yourself back on track." -William Bernstein, author of A Splendid Exchange and The Four Pillars of Investing Every day you wait costs you money. Take control of your financial future now!

    Tim Ferriss

    One of his suggested books

    Oct 2, 2015 — Source

  • More Money Than God

    More Money Than God

    More Money Than God

    Sebastian Mallaby
    Business & Economics
    4.06 (7,127)

    The first book of its kind: a fascinating and entertaining examination of hedge funds today Shortlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award The New York Times bestseller

    Tim Ferriss

    One of his suggested books

    Oct 2, 2015 — Source