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Don’t Write What You Know! (Sorry, Dr. Seuss)

This space is usually reserved for book reviews. However, with this post, I urge writers' to write what they've learned, not what they know. A … [Read More...]

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

Reviewed by David Stanley Marcus Samuelsson is a big deal in the food world. He may not be have the imposing physical stature of guys like Mario … [Read More...]

Until You Make the Shore by Cameron Conaway

Reviewed by David Stanley In 1992, I became a full-time soccer coach and my life became hopelessly intertwined with the lives of my players. In 1999, … [Read More...]

The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Reviewed by David Stanley You may be familiar with the book and film “Searching for Bobby Fischer.” In Searching, Fred Waitzkin tells the story of … [Read More...]

The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter

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Wooden Boats by Michael Ruhlman

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One Good Turn: a natural history of the screwdriver by Witold Rybczynski

Welcome to The Nod. The Rules of The Nod: 1)   I choose the books. 2)   I review only good books. In general, I’m a non-fiction guy. My tastes run … [Read More...]

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