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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Thich Nhat Hanh: Teachings on Love


Jesse Kornbluth reviews the graceful writing and ideology of Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Donbas: A True Story of an Escape Across Russia


“You’re cold? He escaped from Russia on a freight train…in winter.”

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Only One Sentence David Carr Wrote Was BS

RIP David Carr

RIP David Carr (1956-2015)

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An Unlikely Love Story. The Best I Have Read In Years


Jesse Kornbluth reviews Seth Greenland’s novel, “I Regret Everything”.

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How This Sixty-Two-Year-Old Man Became a Young Mom


“Our shared experience of vulnerability erases the age and gender differences between the young mothers and me.”

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They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45


Jesse Kornbluth reviews a story on interviews with Germans from the WWII era.

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Kafka’s Other Trial: The Letters to Felice


Jesse Kornbluth reviews Elias Canetti’s book on the life of a deeply divided man.

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Rogue Male


We fear the unaffiliated terrorist, the lone wolf who looks like us, lives in our neighborhoods and waits for an opportunity to kill us. It was simpler in the old days, and simplest of all in “Rogue Male,” the story of a man who decides to kill the biggest target in the world. Jesse Kornbluth reviews.

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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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Setting the Table: Hospitality Is When the Other Person Is On Your Side

setting the table

Jesse Kornbluth reviews Danny Meyer’s new book and has one bit of advice for you: “Eat his words.”

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From Datcher Dreams to His Americus

White Picket Fence

Holiday reading for the winter, torched and charred.

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A Pop-Up Book by the King of Multi-Dimensions: M.C. Escher


When the world becomes a little too real, Jesse Kornbluth suggests: “Let’s have some unreality. Some beauty. Some genius.”

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Is The Handmaid’s Tale a Cautionary Tale for Our Times?


Jesse Kornbluth reviews Margret Atwood’s famous book.

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Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers


Wabi-sabi isn’t anything new — it dates all the way back to the 12th century. But with the help of Leonard Koren’s book, Jesse Kornbluth demonstrates its uses in the world today.

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Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine: Pleasure, Value, and Adventure Beyond Wine’s Usual Suspects


Looking to amp up your wine knowledge? Jesse Kornbluth has just the book for you.

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