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Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition.
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The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame - Apr 15, 2018 (first published in 1908)
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"There is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats."When Mole flees his little underground home he discovers new friends and adventures with Raj, Toad and Badger.This much-loved story has been carefully retold for young children to enjoy. With beautiful illustrations throughout, it provides the perfect introduction to a cl...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
The Wind in the Willows, a classic I loved as a child.     source
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A Gentleman's Progress Through Rock and Roll
Michael Ruffino - Aug 29, 2017 (first published in 2014)
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A blend of This Is Spinal Tap and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the cult classic confessions of a debauched rock 'n' roller and his adventures in excess on the '80s hair-metal nostalgia tour through Middle America-available again, and now revised and updated Once upon a time at the start of the new century, the unheard-of Unband got a chance to d...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Q: What’s the last book that made you laugh? A.B. I published it, on my Ecco imprint, Anthony Bourdain Books: Michael Ruffino’s “Adios, ________.     source
A Brief History of Seven Killings
A Novel
Marlon James - Sep 08, 2015
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From the acclaimed author of  The Book of Night Women  comes a masterfully written novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s.  On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The ...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Q: Whose writing today most inspires you? A.B. Marlon James’s “A Brief History of Seven Killings” was incredible.     source
The Man Who Lost the War
W. T. Tyler - Mar 31, 2015
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Set in post-war Berlin, a disillusioned former CIA operative and a Russian spy cross paths in their search for an elusive double agent....
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Spy novel authors and titles I particularly like include W. T. Tyler’s The Man Who Lost The War and Rogue’s March.     source
True Grit
A Novel
Charles Portis - Oct 30, 2012 (first published in 1968)
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True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father’s blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by he...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Charles Portis’s “True Grit” is a masterpiece. Don’t settle for seeing the film versions. One of the great heroines of all time and a magnificent book filled with great dialogue.     source
The Devil All the Time
Donald Ray Pollock - Jul 10, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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A dark and riveting vision of 1960s America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree. Soon to be a Netflix Film. In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over-tones of Flannery O'Connor at her most haunting...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Q: Whose writing today most inspires you? A.B. Donald Ray Pollock was a revelation when I first read “The Devil All the Time.” Daniel Woodrell’s work.      source
How to Live
Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
Sarah Bakewell - Sep 20, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for BiographyHow to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Mon...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Sarah Bakewell’s “How to Live,” on the life and work of Montaigne, is a book I love. I stole a tattoo design from it.     source
The Rogue's March
John Riley and the St. Patrick's Battalion, 1846-48 (The Warriors)
Peter F. Stevens - Sep 01, 2005 (first published in 1999)
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The Rogue’s March tells the controversial true story of the US Army deserters—the majority of them Irish immigrants—who fought valiantly as a Mexican Army unit during the Mexican War of 1846. It takes a close look at the organized prejudice against Irish Catholic and German immigrants....
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Spy novel authors and titles I particularly like include W. T. Tyler’s The Man Who Lost The War and Rogue’s March.     source
Between Meals
A. Liebling - Sep 29, 2004 (first published in 1959)
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New Yorker writer A.J. Liebling recalls his Parisian apprenticeship in the fine art of eating in this charming memoir.No writer has written more enthusiastically about food than A. J. Liebling. Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris, the great New Yorker writer's last book, is a wholly appealing account of his éducation sentimentale in French cuisine...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
A. J. Liebling’s “Between Meals” is his memoir of meals in Paris before and after the war, and it’s fantastic. He was an enthusiastic lover of food and wine, very knowledgeable but never a snob. It’s the benchmark for great food writing.     source
Agents of Innocence
A Novel
David Ignatius - Sep 17, 1997 (first published in 1987)
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Agents of Innocence is the book that established David Ignatius's reputation as a master of the novel of contemporary espionage. Into the treacherous world of shifting alliances and arcane subterfuge comes idealistic CIA man Tom Rogers. Posted in Beirut to penetrate the PLO and recruit a high-level operative, he soon learns the heavy price of innoc...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
David Ignatius’s “Agents of Innocence” is very, very good.     source
Ways of Escape
Graham Greene - Jan 01, 1980
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With superb skill and feeling, Graham greene retraces the experiences and encounters of a long and extraordinary life. His restlessness is legendary; he has travelled like an explorer seeking our people and political situations. 'at the dangerous edge of things' - Haiti during the nightmare rule of Papa Doc, Vietnam in the last days - of the French...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Graham Greene’s memoir, “Ways of Escape,” is a book I’ve read many times but keep coming back to.      source
Thrown by Kerry Howley
TOTAL CHAOS by Jeff Gold
Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton
Dancing Bear by James Crumley
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Crash by J. G. Ballard
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George Higgins
The White Album by Joan Didion
Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
Essays by George Orwell
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
something to food about by Questlove
Eating Viet Nam by Graham Holliday
You're Better Than Me by Bonnie McFarlane
Rice, Noodle, Fish by Matt Goulding
My Last Supper by Melanie Dunea