The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews “The Narrow Door” – a captivating read by Paul Lisicky.

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Spring Training Baseball Games Begin 3/1. Time To Plan A Garden.

Time to plant a garden

Gardening made easy. Jesse Kornbluth covers the books that show you how.

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Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963


In his book, Taylor Branch goes deep into what it was like to live in the age of the Dr. himself.

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How Do You Revise a Classic Like ‘A Christmas Carol’? Cut 15,000 Words, for Starters

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Jesse Kornbluth and Paige Peterson decided to update “A Christmas Carol.” This is what they did.

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V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks — from Artichokes to Zucchini


When food becomes a spiritual experience…

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A Stand-Up Comedian. In India. In the 1400s.

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View image | Jesse Kornbluth on one of the world’s first funny-men. ______ Did you know there were stand-up comedians in India in the 1400s? Me neither — until I read Kabir. Why? Because Kabir was playing the greatest comic role of all — God’s own fool. Sacrilege! Why, this is one of India’s […]

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Somerset Maugham: Cakes and Ale

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This week Jesse Kornbluth is revisiting some of the culture that influenced him as I wrote “Married Sex.” Perhaps the greatest was Somerset Maugham, who was, for a time, the world’s highest paid writer. There was a good reason: He wrote in the first person, like someone talking to a friend. In “Cakes and Ale,” Maugham not only does that, he doesn’t condemn a woman for liking sex. Three cheers for all of that.

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James Salter: A Sport and a Pastime

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews a book with strong character development and excellent prose, set in horizons of Paris, France.

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Atticus Finch a Bigot? A Racist? Some Thoughts and a Suggestion.


Jesse Kornbluth considers Harper Lee’s new book “Go Set a Watchman”, and interprets new meanings from “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

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Hello Again: Goodbye, Columbus

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Jesse Kornbluth urges you to check out Phillip Roth’s first book about self discovery and summer love.

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Looking for a Summer Reading List? Here You Go


Summer has begun and Jesse Kornbluth has a few suggestions for you that are not your average beach reading.

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A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table


Jesse Kornbluth reviews a book about food, family, and Morris Wizenberg’s father.

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The Marriage Book: Centuries of Advice, Inspiration, and Cautionary Tales from Adam and Eve to Zoloft

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews a book on marriage that covers it all.

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The Four Just Men


Vigilantes? Maybe. But the Four Just Men are civilized. They even tell their targets the date they’re going to die.

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The Great, and Calming, Buck Brannaman


He Gentles Horses. He Can Transform Your Kids—And Yourself

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Night Life: A Thriller


We may not always been impressed, but when we are, we take it as far as it can go.

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