Back-To-School Your Brain: Educational Listens for Adults

Listen up, nerds: back-to-school isn’t just for kids anymore. Keep those brain juices flowing and secure your title of “lifelong learner” with some help from audiobooks. Whether you’re into history, picking up some new life skills, or simply want to know all the secrets of the universe, the knowledge you need is contained within your earbuds. Go ahead and treat yourself to some new notetaking supplies, scholar.

Author: Harry Cliff
Read By: Harry Cliff

Carl Sagan once quipped, “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” In How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch, Harry Cliff sets out in pursuit of answers and illuminates the history of physics, chemistry, and astronomy that brought us to our present understanding.

Author: Sam Apple
Read By: Mark Bramhall

Otto Warburg was widely regarded as one of the most important biochemists of the twentieth century. He was also a Jewish homosexual living openly with his male partner during the Third Reich. In Ravenous, Sam Apple reclaims Otto Warburg as a forgotten genius who pursued cancer research single-mindedly even as Europe disintegrated around him.

Coming in November. Second only to the human brain in its complexity, the immune system is one of the oldest and most critical facets of life on Earth. So what, exactly, is it? In Immune, Philipp Dettmer, turns immunology into a gripping adventure through an astonishing alien landscape.

The rhetoric of freedom both rouses and repels. Does it remain key to our autonomy, justice, and well-being, or is freedom’s long star turn coming to a close? Prolific writer Maggie Nelson examines such questions in On Freedom by tracing the freedom’s complexities in four distinct realms: art, sex, drugs, and climate.

In May of 1940, the world is stunned as Hitler’s forces invade France with a devastating blitzkrieg aimed at Paris. As the Germans ruthlessly crush all opposition, a patriotic band of Parisians known as the Resistance secretly rise up to fight back. Taking Paris is history told at a breathtaking pace, a sprawling yet intimate saga of heroism, desire, and personal sacrifice.

Just as a Jenga stack is only as sturdy as its foundational blocks, the choices we make throughout our day depend on the intentions we set in the morning. Part instruction manual, part someone else’s diary, the authors of My Morning Routine interviewed today’s most successful people about their morning rituals, and offer advice on creating a routine of your own.

In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive–which they don’t have to be. At a time when coming together (in all different ways) is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.