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Jesse Thorn is an American media entrepreneur and public radio and podcast host/creator. He is the owner and founder of the Maximum Fun podcast network, and the host and producer of the podcasts Judge John Hodgman and Jordan, Jesse, Go!. and the radio show and podcast Bullseye.
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The House in the Night
Susan Marie Swanson - 2008-05-05
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"Experience the comforting warmth and light that makes us feel at home with this award-winning picture book. Perfect for bedtime, it takes readers on a journey through the house and out into the night sky, reminding us of the presence of wonder and love in our world. The rhythmic text and stunning illustrations will leave children feeling cozy and content."
Jesse Thorn
@owl_sounds that's such a beautiful book.      source
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Freight Train
Donald Crews - 1996-09-20 (first published in 1978)
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Experience the excitement of a freight train as it chugs down the tracks through vibrant illustrations and simple yet powerful words. This Caldecott Honor Book by Donald Crews features bright colors and bold shapes, sure to captivate readers of all ages. Inspired by the author's childhood memories of trains in the American South, Freight Train is a timeless favorite that will leave you feeling like you've watched a train pass right before your eyes.
Jesse Thorn
@shanepang Really good book      source
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Stay True
A Memoir
Hua Hsu - 2022-09-27
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This gripping memoir by Hua Hsu follows his coming-of-age journey as a Taiwanese immigrant searching for self-definition and belonging amidst American culture. The story focuses on his friendship with Ken, a Japanese American who, despite their differences, becomes one of his closest friends. Tragically, Ken is killed in a carjacking not long after they meet, and Hsu turns to writing to hold onto his memories. Stay True is a bracing memoir about growing up and moving through the world in search of meaning and solace through art.
Jesse Thorn
Hua’s book is so beautiful, I had to myself to stop crying so I could start the interview. I really hope you will listen to this one, and maybe buy this gorgeous book.      source
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Radiant Child
The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Javaka Steptoe - 2016-10-25
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Discover the inspiring story of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the little boy who saw art all around him in poetry, games, museums, and the vibrant pulse of New York City. Through Javaka Steptoe's bold illustrations and vivid text, readers will be captivated by Basquiat's unique and groundbreaking collage-style paintings. With messages of creativity, individuality, and artistic expression, this book reminds us that beauty can exist outside of neat lines and clean edges. Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
Jesse Thorn
Non-fiction: this is an extraordinary bio of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Kids bios often stink (sorry!) but Radiant Child is really About something: family, creativity and most of all mental illness. And the art is literally made from the places in the book.      source
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Leo Lionni - 1973-04-12 (first published in 1963)
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Join a delightful school of fish as they navigate their wondrous underwater world, but beware of the dangers lurking in the shadows. When Swimmy appears, he teaches his friends to work together and overcome any obstacle. This Caldecott Honor-winning picture book by Leo Lionni is the perfect tale of bravery, ingenuity, and teamwork for all ages. Celebrate Swimmy's fiftieth anniversary with a special edition hardcover that includes a bonus poster.
Jesse Thorn
@wendy_threatt This book is fantastic      source
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Arnold of the Ducks
Mordicai Gerstein - 1983-03-01
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A charming and magical picture book that continues to captivate readers after twenty-five years. Discover the enchanting world created by Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein in this heartwarming tale.
Jesse Thorn
Fantastic book      source
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The Migraine Brain
Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health
Carolyn Bernstein, Elaine McArdle - 2008-09-16
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Discover the truth about migraines - they aren't just headaches, but a neurological disease affecting millions! The Migraine Brain is the most comprehensive book on migraines, offering the latest research and medical knowledge to help you understand the root causes of migraines, plus comprehensive recommendations for personalized wellness plans, revolutionary new migraine-specific drugs as well as complementary treatments such as yoga, biofeedback, and exercise regimens, in order to dramatically improve your quality of life. Experienced neurologist and founder of the Women's Headache Center near Boston, Dr. Carolyn Bernstein, shares her in-depth understanding of this complex and debilitating condition. Start reducing the impact of migraines on your life today with The Migraine Brain.
Jesse Thorn
@bikelanesplease @stevevance “The Migraine Brain” and “Heal Your Headache” are useful books. The latter advocates for complete cessation of medication for a month which is pretty extreme, but the diet helped me identify food triggers.      source
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Everybody Has a Podcast
A How-to Guide from the First Family of Podcasting
Justin McElroy - 2021-01-26
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Learn from the best with this hilarious and helpful guide on podcasting! From the creators of My Brother, My Brother and Me and The Adventure Zone, this book covers everything you need to know to make, produce, edit, and promote your own podcast. The McElroy Brothers share their expertise on naming your podcast, choosing equipment, and making money (although, results aren't guaranteed!) With their vast experience, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in podcasting.
Jesse Thorn
This book is great. If you want to podcast, it is an indispensable guide. For serious.      source
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Heal Your Headache
The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain
David Buchholz - 2019-01-15 (first published in 2002)
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Heal Your Headache is a simple, three-step program that helps headache sufferers regain control of their lives. Based on the understanding that most headaches are forms of migraines, this program offers a transformative approach to cutting out triggers and reducing medication. Featuring a migraine diet that eliminates foods that push sufferers over the top, the book also includes answers to common questions such as the types of headaches one can experience and the causes and triggers of migraines.
Jesse Thorn
@BigZaphod @radiocolin Triggers are different for everyone but those are two very common ones. There are a few books that will give some understanding- one I remember is called Heal Your Headache by a guy at John’s Hopkins.      source
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
It Feels Good to Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn
A Different Pond by Bao Phi
Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson
Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Alan Stamaty
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud