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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The Kid From Tomkinsville


What speaks to a boy more than sports? A book about sports, of course.

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Raise Your Hand if You Pay a ‘Wife Bonus’: Primates of Park Avenue


Jesse Kornbluth interviews the author of a book centering around an unspoken phenomenon of the Upper East Side: a “wife bonus”.

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Pardon the Ravens


People inspire us, even when we are still learning about their past.

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When George Hodgman was a boy, he and his mother ended the day holding hands and praying. Not just for themselves, but for all the people in their tiny Missouri town.

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Leaving Berlin


One of the greatest spy novels of our lifetime, and no, it’s not James Bond.

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I Left It On the Mountain


Jesse Kornbluth reviews the incredible memoir of a former meth addict, an HIV positive man, and a survivor of life’s trials.

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