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

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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

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

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Rogue Male

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews Margret Atwood’s famous book.

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

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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

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

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He’s Probably My Favorite Author. His Bestselling Book? The Razor’s Edge

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews W. Somerset Maugham’s novel.

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Fifth Business

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Enough reality for one week. Fiction beckons…

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Boots on the Ground? This Question Takes Me Back to 2003, and ‘Stuff Happens’

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews David Hare’s “Stuff Happens”.

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Storytelling, Culture, and Revolution

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Stories, whether fictitious or true, spring forth from our values, believes, perceptions, dreams, imaginations or wishes, all of which are bound to our life experiences, which in turn are fundamentally shaped by our particular environment. Raoul Wieland shares a few of these stories.

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Peter Temple: The Broken Shore

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Peter Temple’s books are prize winners. This one took the Colin Roderick Award for Australian writing as well as Australia’s major prize for crime fiction, the Ned Kelly Award. Good enough for ya?

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Right Now

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Happiness is captured moment by moment, especially when the world weighs us down.

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